Korean faithful show God is ‘alive, powerful’ in Asia

Rome, Italy, Aug 12, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The rich history of martyrdom in South Korea and the thousands of young people slated to gather this week for Pope Francis shows the beauty and power of the faith, says a local bishop.   Bishop Lazzaro You Heung-sik of Daejeon will host Pope Francis in his diocese Aug. 15, when the pontiff takes part in the Sixth Asian Youth Day by celebrating Mass in the World Cup Stadium.   The bishop told CNA that around six thousand young … [Read more...]

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Report suggests Planned Parenthood may defraud taxpayers

Washington D.C., Aug 12, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A report investigating audits of Planned Parenthood claims to show that the national abortion provider’s practices may have led to the loss of more than $100 million of taxpayer money. Publicly-available audits and testimonies from former employees “strongly suggest that Planned Parenthood affiliates systematically take advantage of 'overbilling' opportunities to maximize revenues,” Alliance Defending Freedom … [Read more...]

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Church in Korea is at once suffering and missionary, diplomat says

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 12, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In South Korea this week, Pope Francis will meet a Church young, founded on martyrs, suffering, dynamic, and missionary a former South Korean ambassador to the Holy See has said. Thomas Han Hong-soon served from 2010 to 2013 as South Korea's diplomat to the Vatican, and spoke to CNA recently; he also said that he expects the Pope's appeals for unity and reconciliation across the demilitarized zone to have a significant … [Read more...]

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Pope sends message of joy, hope to Korea before trip

Vatican City, Aug 11, 2014 / 09:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid preparations for his Aug. 14-18 trip to South Korea, Pope Francis has sent a video message greeting the people of the country and offering special encouragement to the youth and elderly. The Pope recalled the words of Isaiah, “Arise, shine!” He reflected that “it is the Lord who invites you to receive his light, to welcome it in the heart, to reflect it in a life full of faith, of hope and of love, full of the … [Read more...]

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Religious leaders urge Obama to help minorities in Middle East

Denver, Colo., Aug 11, 2014 / 05:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As persecution of religious minorities intensifies in Iraq, in the U.S. Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders have joined together to ask the Obama administration to work “urgently” to end religious persecution in the Middle East. “We see today that there is a great universal danger coming to conquer all of the world, including our democratic civilization, in the name of a very strict, falsely represented and false … [Read more...]

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Faithful drawn by accessibility of St. Clare, basilica priest reflects

Assisi, Italy, Aug 11, 2014 / 05:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Aug. 11 Feast of Saint Clare is an occasion for the people of Assisi to show their devotion to the beloved saint, with whom they feel a profound connection, said a local priest. Catholics, especially in Assisi, often entrust children and the sick to St. Clare’s intercession, knowing that she is a “spiritual mother, who safeguards her children,” said Fr. Mario Macri, one of the brothers at the Basilica of St. Clare … [Read more...]

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Advocates advise that First Amendment protects school choice

Denver, Colo., Aug 11, 2014 / 02:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Faith-based schools should not be excluded from Colorado's educational choice programs, according to a brief filed by attorneys in a case which is due to be heard by the state supreme court. “School districts have a responsibility to provide the best educational choices for parents and their children without discriminating against religious options,” commented Gregory Baylor, senior counsel with Alliance Defending … [Read more...]

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