Iraqi Christians say there’s no going home after rise of Islamic State

Amman, Jordan, Jan 7, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians lived in Iraq for nearly two thousand years, but the violent rise of the Islamic State has convinced many Christian refugees they must forever leave their homeland. “No, we will never go back,” Taif Hanna, an engineer from Mosul, told reporters in Amman Oct. 28. “ISIS tried to kill us,” he said. The militant group offered three choices: conversion to Islam, payment of an extortionate tax, or … [Read more...]

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Philly kicks off 2015 celebrating St John Neumann

Philadelphia, Pa., Jan 7, 2015 / 02:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia observed the feast of St. John Neumann on Monday, and celebrated the year that the city will welcome Pope Francis for the upcoming World Meeting of Families. “St. John Neumann was a humble man of God whose focus on bringing immigrant families to the Church is as important and salient today as it was in the 1850s,” Bishop John McIntyre, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, said during his … [Read more...]

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A cultural focus for Pope Francis’ Portuguese cardinal

Lisbon, Portugal, Jan 7, 2015 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ selection of Patriarch Manuel Macario do Nascimento Clemente of Lisbon as a new cardinal will bring to the College of Cardinals a churchman active in academics, culture and communications.   Patriarch Clemente was born in Torres Vedras, a municipality north of Lisbon, on July 16, 1948. He was ordained a priest of the Patriarchate of Lisbon in 1979, and consecrated as an auxiliary bishop of the patriarchate in … [Read more...]

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Grisly Nativity scene vandalism draws prayerful response

Boston, Mass., Jan 6, 2015 / 09:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A vandal’s placement of a decapitated pig’s head at a Nativity scene at a Catholic church in Massachusetts shocked locals, but they committed themselves to pray for and to forgive the perpetrator. “When it comes to who did this, or why did they do it? That's something for the police to figure out,” Bishop Robert Hennessey, an Auxiliary Bishop of Boston, said at a Dec. 27 Mass at Sacred Hearts Parish in … [Read more...]

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Attentive, tireless, courageous – this is Christian life, Pope says on Epiphany

Vatican City, Jan 6, 2015 / 05:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Like the Magi who followed the star from the East, Christians are called to follow the light of the Gospel attentively, tirelessly, and courageously, said Pope Francis during his Epiphany Angelus address. “The experience of the Magi evokes the journey of every man toward Christ,” the Pope said on Jan. 6 to the thousands gathered in Saint Peter's Square. Like that of the Magi, he said, our search for God also “means … [Read more...]

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Mario Cuomo, 1932-2015: His Controversial Legacy

New York City, N.Y., Jan 6, 2015 / 05:15 pm (National Catholic Register).- Mario Cuomo, the three-time governor of New York who sought to justify Catholic lawmakers’ tolerance of abortion rights, died on Jan. 1; he was 82. A self-identified Catholic who quoted Thomas Aquinas, challenged Ronald Reagan’s optimistic vision of economic opportunity in America and cited Church moral doctrine as he vetoed legislation enacting the death penalty, Cuomo’s policy positions and rhetoric … [Read more...]

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Cardinal wowed by vocation surge at Rome’s American seminary

Rome, Italy, Jan 6, 2015 / 03:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin voiced enthusiasm at seeing the high number of American seminarians studying in Rome – calling it a sign that vocations are on the rise. “What strikes me is the number of seminarians who are studying here in this college, which means that at least in some areas vocations are growing,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin told American journalists Jan. 6. Cardinal Parolin … [Read more...]

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