Now touring America: two English saints who died for their faith

Washington D.C., Jun 21, 2016 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A relic tour currently taking place in the United States highlights the virtues of two English saints who stood up for conscience and paid the ultimate price.The “Witness to Freedom” relic tour is being held in conjunction with the U.S. bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom, which take place across the nation June 21-July 4. The fortnight aims to stress the importance of defending religious freedom in the U.S. and to raise … [Read more...]

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Notre Dame returns to its roots with ‘faith and reason’ center in Ireland

Dublin, Ireland, Jun 21, 2016 / 03:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Fighting Irish are headed to the Emerald Isle, with plans to establish a new center for dialogue between faith and reason in Dublin.The Archbishop of Dublin made the announcement June 20 that Notre Dame University will head the initiative at University Church in St. Stephen’s Green.“I see the establishment of the Notre Dame-Newman Centre for Faith and Reason as an opportunity for University Church to return to its … [Read more...]

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Vacation Bible School is a light in darkness for Syrian children

Aleppo, Syria, Jun 21, 2016 / 02:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For children growing up in Aleppo, Syria, life is anything but easy. In a city devastated civil war, bombings are common and death is never far away.But for some 350 Christian children in the city, there is a light amid the chaos: Vacation Bible School.The children gather under the motto “Be merciful as our Father is merciful” to pray for their country and to pray for the conversion of the jihadists.“We're not … [Read more...]

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South Sudan’s bishops encourage a way forward for war-torn nation

Juba, South Sudan, Jun 21, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Reconciliation and work for the common good, not assumptions of perpetual doom, are necessary to overcome the problems facing South Sudan, the country’s bishops have said.“We regret the amount of negativity and pessimism that we hear – from South Sudanese who are still steeped in the old ways of power and tribalism; from the international community; on the internet; in the media; on social media; within the … [Read more...]

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After nearly 150 years, Philadelphia seminary looks to move

Philadelphia, Pa., Jun 21, 2016 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Francis Patrick Kenrick, the third bishop of Philadelphia, started St. Charles Borromeo seminary out of his home on Fifth Street in the center of the city in 1832. There were just five students.Forty years and four moves later, the seminary settled at its current location – the Overbrook campus in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, in 1870. With a beautiful 75 acres in the peaceful neighborhood, the school has become a pillar of … [Read more...]

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There are 21 million refugees around the world in need of solidarity

Washington D.C., Jun 20, 2016 / 04:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the global refugee crisis is at its worst since World War II, Catholics cannot be indifferent to the plight of their brothers and sisters, an official with Catholic Relief Services asserts.“As Catholics, we believe that we are part of one human family, and when 21 million people are refugees around the world, that is something that impacts us personally,” Bill O’Keefe, vice president for government relations and … [Read more...]

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Canada is already looking at expanding assisted suicide

Ontario, Canada, Jun 20, 2016 / 03:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Canada’s controversial assisted suicide measure had barely passed Parliament when national leaders discussed the possibility of expanding it to allow doctor-assisted death for minors and the mentally ill.In February 2015, the Canadian Supreme Court had ruled that doctors may help patients who have severe and incurable suffering to kill themselves. It ordered Parliament to create a legislative response.That response came in the … [Read more...]

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