How one skeptical scientist came to believe the Shroud of Turin

Rome, Italy, Dec 19, 2015 / 03:39 pm (CNA).- The Shroud of Turin has different meanings for many people: some see it as an object of veneration, others a forgery, still others a medieval curiosity. For one Jewish scientist, however, the evidence has led him to see it as a meeting point between science and faith. “The Shroud challenges (many people's core beliefs) because there's a strong implication that there is something beyond the basic science going on here,” Barrie … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis meets with railroad workers–and reminds them of God’s mercy

Vatican City, Dec 19, 2015 / 03:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday addressed rail workers, remembering the hard and sometimes deadly work that built the railways of Italy. He invited them all to embrace God’s “medicine of mercy” in the Catholic Church’s year of Mercy.Speaking to about 7,000 rail workers in Vatican City’s Paul VI Hall, the Pope remembered “the many people who have worked hard” to build the Italian State Railway rail … [Read more...]

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Want to find God? Seek him in the most needy, Pope Francis says

Rome, Italy, Dec 19, 2015 / 11:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking at a Rome homeless shelter, Pope Francis has said the humility of Jesus Christ’s birth shows that mankind can find God in poverty.The Pope was at the shelter to open a special Holy Door for the homeless during the Year of Mercy.“This is the door of the Lord,” the Pope said Dec. 18 as he opened the Holy Door. “Open the gates of justice. For your great mercy will enter into your house, O Lord.”The … [Read more...]

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Want to find God? Seek him in the most needy, Pope Francis says

Rome, Italy, Dec 19, 2015 / 11:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking at a Rome homeless shelter, Pope Francis has said the humility of Jesus Christ’s birth shows that mankind can find God in poverty.The Pope was at the shelter to open a special Holy Door for the homeless during the Year of Mercy.“This is the door of the Lord,” the Pope said Dec. 18 as he opened the Holy Door. “Open the gates of justice. For your great mercy will enter into your house, O Lord.”The … [Read more...]

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What does it look like to be gay – and a practicing Catholic?

Rome, Italy, Dec 19, 2015 / 10:27 am (CNA).- More than 10 years ago, Joseph Prever found himself scouring the internet for anything that might help him: he was gay, Catholic, and confused. Resources were scarce for a man struggling with homosexuality and trying to remain faithful to the Church’s teaching. In the intervening years, Catholics experiencing same-sex attraction have become a more vocal presence in the Church.Google the words “gay Catholic” and one of the top … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis wants the ‘great mystic’ Gaudi to become a saint

Rome, Italy, Dec 18, 2015 / 06:25 pm (CNA).- On Wednesday Pope Francis met with members of the organization in charge of promoting the cause for canonization of Antoni Gaudi, known as “God's architect,” telling them that he hopes the cause moves forward quickly.“The meeting with Pope Francis was an unforgettable experience; he told me that ‘Gaudi is a great mystic’ and that he hopes he will be declared Venerable soon,” Jose Manuel Almuzara told CNA Dec. … [Read more...]

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In Lincoln diocese, faithful sacrifices lead to record-setting pledge campaign

Lincoln, Neb., Dec 18, 2015 / 01:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Lincoln’s capital campaign has raised $62.5 million since early 2014 to help fund Catholic schools and parish projects, educate seminarians, support retired priests, and evangelize – nearly $10 million over its goal.“This speaks to the faith and missionary spirit of the Catholics in our diocese – no matter the amount pledged, I know that Catholics have made sacrifices to support the mission of the … [Read more...]

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