Florida diocese mourns loss of priest in apparent murder

St. Augustine, Fla., Apr 21, 2016 / 06:24 am (CNA).- A Florida priest who went missing last week has been lauded by his diocese as a humble and generous servant after his remains were found in Georgia on April 18.“He always saw the good in people he served reminding them that God created them for greatness with a good and noble purpose for others,” Bishop Felipe J. Estévez of St. Augustine said April 19.  “While his life was taken from us tragically on Sunday, … [Read more...]

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The pain – and surprising beauty – of hospice care for babies

Washington D.C., Apr 21, 2016 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- They're the last words any expecting parent wants to hear. But though it's rarely discussed, thousands of couples every year get the news: that their unborn child has a severe, life-threatening condition.And what's more, few receive the resources, support and information they need to carry their child to term.“In your mind you have this outcome that you're going to have a baby,” said Dianna Vagianos, … [Read more...]

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French bishops travel to Iraq in support of Christian students

Erbil, Iraq, Apr 21, 2016 / 12:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A delegation of bishops and priests from France are visiting Iraq April 17-21 to aid young Christian students living in the refugee camps.The visiting bishops are the Archbishop of Marseilles, Georges Paul Pontier and the Bishop of Pontoise, Stanislas Lalanne. Also accompanying them are  Father Pascal Gollnisch, director general of l’Oeuvre d’Orient, a French aid society for Christians in the Middle East; and Father … [Read more...]

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Harriet Tubman, new face of 20 dollar bill, praised for her faith

Washington D.C., Apr 20, 2016 / 03:23 pm (CNA).- As the U.S. treasury announces the legendary Harriet Tubman as the new face of the 20 dollar bill, she also drew praise from religious freedom advocates for her deep and abiding Christian faith.“Harriet Tubman was a woman of faith who was not afraid to act on her beliefs to fight for justice,” said Kristina Arriaga, executive director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.“Her incredible moral and physical courage is an … [Read more...]

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A step closer to sainthood for Dorothy Day

New York City, N.Y., Apr 20, 2016 / 11:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new stage has begun in the process toward possible canonization for Dorothy Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement.Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has opened the canonical “inquiry on the life” of Dorothy Day, the archdiocese announced April 19.   Starting this week, the archdiocese will interview some 50 eyewitnesses who had firsthand experience with Dorothy Day. Their testimonies and other evidence … [Read more...]

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Medicine, education, solidarity: how HIV-infected children can have a future

Rome, Italy, Apr 20, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The goal of ending AIDS as a public health threat is achievable if attention is focused on children infected with HIV, participants in a recent conference held by Caritas International emphasized.Monsignor Robert Vitillo, who has been involved in healthcare issues for 30 years, said there is already progress.“Thirty years ago, we could only accompany people to a dignified death. There was no treatment,” he told CNA. “At … [Read more...]

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Know the difference between sin and sinner, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Apr 20, 2016 / 05:44 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- On Wednesday Pope Francis stressed the importance of knowing how to distinguish between sin and sinner, adding that God’s mercy is not afraid to reach out and touch our sins in order to forgive them.“The Word of God teaches us to distinguish between the sin and the sinner,” the Pope said April 20, noting that when it comes to sin, there are no “compromises.”When it comes to sinners, “which … [Read more...]

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