How can you support Christians in the Holy Land? Go there.

Gaza City, Nov 16, 2014 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- If you’re looking for a way to support Christians in the Holy Land, consider making a pilgrimage, advises an Italian cardinal who himself recently visited Palestine and Israel. “I believe that we must step up the pilgrimages to the Holy Land,” Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa said in a recent interview with the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. “This is possible and we need not be afraid. … [Read more...]

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For one young Catholic, music is an apostolate of beauty

Ann Arbor, Mich., Nov 15, 2014 / 03:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An up-and-coming Catholic musician in Michigan aims to expose listeners to God in the same way she did during her school years – through beauty found in “truly good” forms of art. “My desire with this music and this album is to reach anybody, anywhere and hopefully open their hearts to the reality that transfiguration and transformation is real,” singer/songwriter Alanna-Marie Boudreau told CNA … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis blasts abortion, euthanasia as ‘sins against God’

Vatican City, Nov 15, 2014 / 07:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has told a group of Catholic doctors that “playing with life” in ways like abortion and euthanasia is sinful, and he stressed that each human life, no matter the condition, is sacred. “We're are living in a time of experimentation with life. But a bad experiment… (we’re) playing with life,” the Pope told an audience of 4,000 Catholic doctors gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI … [Read more...]

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A new love language: Post synod conference seeks ways to communicate truth of marriage

Vatican City, Nov 15, 2014 / 06:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the dramatic and media-hyped Extraordinary Synod last month, the Vatican is hosting a colloquium seeking to find “new and creative language to speak to people where they are.”This is according to Helen Alvaré, professor of law at George Mason University, and communications liaison for the Humanum Colloquium, which will run from Nov. 17­-19 at the Vatican.The gathering is sponsored by the Congregation … [Read more...]

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Court rejects Catholic concerns about new contraception mandate rules

Washington D.C., Nov 14, 2014 / 04:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A U.S. appeals court ruled Friday against Catholic organizations with objections to the Obama administration’s latest opt-out rules for mandated contraceptive and sterilization health insurance coverage. “To ask a group of priests to cooperate in the government’s plan to expand access to birth control and abortion-inducing drugs is about as contrary to religious freedom as you can get,” Father Frank Pavone of … [Read more...]

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Democracy and rights in Burma? Not without religious freedom

Washington D.C., Nov 14, 2014 / 03:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. must make religious freedom a top priority with Burma if there is hope for the southeast Asian country to make progress as a rights-based democracy, said a leader in religious liberty. “First and foremost, the United States should ensure that religious freedom and related human rights remain a high priority at all levels of engagement with the Burmese government.  Consistency in these efforts is key,” Dr. … [Read more...]

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Bathrooms of St. Peter’s soon to include showers for homeless

Vatican City, Nov 14, 2014 / 02:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After hearing from a homeless man that a bath is more urgently need than food in Rome, the Vatican’s papal almoner commissioned that showers be added to the public restrooms in St. Peter's Square. “The Basilica exists in order to keep the Body of Christ, and we serve Jesus’ suffering body by serving the poor. Always, in the history of Rome, the poor congregated around the Basilicas,” Bishop Konrad Krajewski … [Read more...]

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