Obama authorizes Iraq airstrikes to prevent religious genocide

Vatican City, Aug 8, 2014 / 10:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Late Thursday night the Obama administration announced that it has launched a military and humanitarian operation to protect both U.S. personnel and Iraqi civilians against ISIS attacks. “At the request of the Iraqi government we have begun efforts to help save Iraqi civilians stranded on the mountain,” President Obama stated in an Aug. 7 address to the nation. “As ISIS has marched across Iraq it has launched a … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis appoints personal envoy to Iraq

Vatican City, Aug 8, 2014 / 07:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Responding to the increasingly dramatic situation of Christians in Iraq following the expansion of ISIS forces to the plain of Nineveh, Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Fernando Filoni as his personal envoy. “In light of the grave situation in Iraq, the Holy Father has nominated Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of peoples, as his personal envoy to express his spiritual closeness to the … [Read more...]

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Refugees fleeing violence deserve care, bishops emphasize

Washington D.C., Aug 8, 2014 / 06:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic bishops are highlighting the need to care for refugees fleeing violent situations in their homelands as the ongoing influx of unaccompanied child migrants into the U.S. continues. Auxiliary bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle, head of the U.S. bishops’ migration committee, discussed the issue in an Aug. 1 column for the Washington Post. “Let’s not kid ourselves. Subjecting these children to removal without … [Read more...]

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Prayers urged as black mass organizer claims consecrated Host

Oklahoma City, Okla., Aug 8, 2014 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The purported use of a consecrated Host at a planned satanic black mass at an Oklahoma City civic center would be a “terrible sacrilege” that requires a prayerful response, the local archbishop emphasized. Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City in an Aug. 4 message lamented that the city-run Civic Center Music Hall was selling tickets for the event “as if it were merely some sort of dark … [Read more...]

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Catholics in Melanesia celebrate gift, power of Bible

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Aug 8, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic faithful recently gathered in the Melanesian islands to mark “Bible Sunday” – a celebration aimed at fostering meditative reading and inspiring faith in action through Bible reading. Held by Catholic bishops conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, the Aug. 3 event centered all liturgies and activities around scripture, Father Giorgio Licini, head of the bishops' social … [Read more...]

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Church on front line against Ebola outbreak, official says

Vatican City, Aug 8, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church plays a fundamental role in responding to the worst outbreak of Ebola infections in history, a Holy See collaborator has explained. “The Catholic Church manages health facilities, and so it will be able to care for Ebola-affected people whenever the structures have the capacity to keep the infected people in isolation,” Monsignor Robert J. Vitillo told CNA. Msgr. Vitillo is special advisor to the … [Read more...]

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Disbelief, horror follow desertion of baby with Down syndrome

Washington D.C., Aug 7, 2014 / 05:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Advocates for those with Down syndrome are appalled and grieved by the reported abandonment of a baby who had been diagnosed with the genetic condition. “It is such a bizarre and sad case,” said Michelle Sie Whitten, executive director of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, which uses research, medical care, and education to support those living with Down syndrome and their families. “My reaction, the Down … [Read more...]

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