Papal trip to Korea should renew local Churches, priest says

Rome, Italy, Jul 17, 2014 / 01:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the run up to Pope Francis visit to South Korea next month, a Korean priest said he expects ground breaking changes there in terms of peace and the Church’s service to society. “The Koreans are very excited and full with joy,” Fr. Denis Kim, S.J., a professor of sociology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, told CNA. “There is also an expectation for a renewal of the Church in Korea. In other words, the … [Read more...]

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Ramadan fasting ban in China draws criticism

Washington D.C., Jul 17, 2014 / 12:06 pm (CNA).- A Chinese province’s ban on the observance of the Ramadan fast among Muslim university students ignores the importance that religion can have for its followers, an American Muslim religious freedom advocate said. “Religion is a fundamental human right. It is a fundamental aspect of humanity that gives our lives meaning,” Asma Uddin, legal counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said July 16. “Religion … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to make two trips to Italian city of Caserta

Vatican City, Jul 17, 2014 / 07:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican confirmed today that Pope Francis will travel twice to the city where an evangelical pastor from Buenos Aires is living, in order to meet with local Catholics in addition to visiting his old friend. In a statement released July 17, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has added a day onto his already-planned trip to the city of Caserta in the Campania region of Italy to visit Pastor Giovanni Traettino, who is an old friend … [Read more...]

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Chaldean patriarch: current state of Iraq is ‘chaos’

Vatican City, Jul 17, 2014 / 05:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako of Iraq has written a letter urging government officials to “waste no more time” in electing new leaders, and lamented the grim possibility of finding a peaceful solution to conflict. “Only the president of the parliament was elected and later, maybe next week, there will be an election for the President of the Republic and also the prime minister,” Patriarch Sako told CNA July 16, … [Read more...]

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(Explicit) Video shows Planned Parenthood promoting violent sex to minors

Washington D.C., Jul 17, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA).- Planned Parenthood is under fire after a new undercover investigation found staff members promoting bondage, whipping and other violent sexual practices to minors as young as 15. Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action, which conducted the investigations, warned that Planned Parenthood’s sex advice “glorifies kids acting out rape scenarios.” “It's extremely dangerous counseling: they're undermining and … [Read more...]

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John Paul II taught that ‘the body matters,’ priest says

Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 17, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Saint John Paul II's teaching on love and sexuality shows the dignity of the human body and how concrete acts of mercy are demanded of all of us, says priest and author Father Michael Gaitley. “The heart of the Theology of the Body for me,” said Fr. Gaitley, “is the idea that the body matters,” and that “all of us are called in our bodies to reflect the self-giving love which is at the heart of the … [Read more...]

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Jesuits working to free abducted priest in Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan, Jul 16, 2014 / 08:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than a month after the kidnapping of Fr. Alexis Prem Kumar, S.J. near the Afghan city of Herat, his order continues to advocate for his release. “During this painful time, we have worked quietly to resolve this difficult situation. We have been in close contact with the Afghan authorities and the Indian Consul General in Herat, Afghanistan,” Fr. Peter Balleis, S.J., international director of Jesuit Refugee Service, … [Read more...]

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