Why Starbucks and McDonald’s are blocking porn from their WiFi

Washington D.C., Jul 19, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two of the largest chain restaurants with free WiFi in the United States, McDonald’s and Starbucks, are adding pornography filters to their internet.Following the campaign of anti-porn group Enough is Enough and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, McDonald’s has added internet filters to its public WiFi throughout the country, a change that was announced last week.“McDonald’s is committed to providing … [Read more...]

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Who is ‘the Black Madonna’ and why is she so important?

Rome, Italy, Jul 19, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Our Lady of Czestochowa, also known as the “Black Madonna,” will be one of Pope Francis' primary stops during his visit to Poland at the end of this month for the global World Youth Day gathering.The image, which has been crowned the “Queen of Poland” and is highly venerated throughout Europe, is almost a given stop for any Pope who visits the country.Located in southern Poland, Czestochowa was the location of … [Read more...]

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Remember the Copts ISIS martyred in Libya? This priest does.

Minya, Egypt, Jul 19, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Christians in Egypt, the possibility of martyrdom is not a remote one.“It is something they concretely feel, it is part of their Christian life,” Father Paolo Asolan, an Italian priest who recently visited Egypt, told CNA. “And for a mother and a father, the fact that one of their sons can become a martyr is always a great gift.”The Islamic State’s beheading of 20 Coptic Christians and another man … [Read more...]

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Americans think statute of limitations laws should be applied equally

Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Jul 18, 2016 / 03:54 pm (CNA).- By a 2-to-1 margin, Americans believe it is unfair to extend the statute of limitations regarding sex abuse cases for private institutions but not public ones.A new national survey, which polled 1,009 adults in the U.S., was conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion July 5-12, 2016. It was sponsored by Catholic News Agency.Participants were asked if they think it is fair or not fair to allow people more time to come forward and … [Read more...]

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Only Christ offers answers in our violent world, Baton Rouge bishop says

Baton Rouge, La., Jul 18, 2016 / 02:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Jesus Christ’s triumph over death, despair and hate should move us forward after a deadly attack on law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, the city’s bishop said Sunday.“Words cannot express the emotions we feel for those who have lost loved ones in the tragic events of this day. Their entire lives have been unexpectedly and terribly turned upside down,” Bishop Robert Muench of Baton Rouge said.On July 17, … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Ganswein calls German Church Tax ‘a serious problem’

Munich, Germany, Jul 18, 2016 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Georg Ganswein has criticized the German Church Tax process, calling its handling of people opting out of the controversial system “a serious problem.”In a wide-ranging interview published Monday in Schwäbische Zeitung, the Prefect of the Papal Household and secretary to both Pope Francis and Pope emeritus Benedict also spoke candidly about the papal propensity for “flippant” remarks and the … [Read more...]

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New religious laws in Russia not expected to hurt Catholic Church

Moscow, Russia, Jul 17, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Last week, despite protests from religious leaders and human rights groups, Russian president Vladimir Putin approved a new set of laws would restrict evangelization and missionary activity to officially registered Church buildings and worship areas.The laws fall under the umbrella of new anti-terrorism legislation, and prohibit sharing faith in private homes, online, or anywhere but recognized church buildings.A missionary Catholic … [Read more...]

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