Meet the hitchhiking friar with an extraordinary near-death experience

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Rome, Italy, Jan 24, 2019 / 12:16 am (CNA).- Miraculous events have shaped Friar Juan Maria Crisostomo’s life to bring him to the radical poverty and simplicity of his vocation as a Little Friar of Jesus and Mary. From an inexplicable healing to a near-death experience, Friar Juan has a story to tell. The Poor […]

Iowa heartbeat abortion law struck down by state judge

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Des Moines, Iowa, Jan 23, 2019 / 06:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Iowa judge struck down Tuesday a law basing an abortion ban on a fetal heartbeat, blocking the implementation of one of the strictest abortion bans in the U.S. “I am incredibly disappointed in today’s court ruling, because I believe that if death is […]

Arizona bill seeks to tax access to online pornography

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Phoenix, Ariz., Jan 23, 2019 / 05:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Arizona lawmaker has introduced a bill that would charge a fee to people buying electronic devices in the state who want pornography blocking software removed from the devices. The fees would help pay for the U.S-Mexico border wall. Rep. Rail Griffin (R-Hereford) introduced House […]

Basilica confirms Nathan Phillips protest attempted Mass disruption

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Washington D.C., Jan 23, 2019 / 04:15 pm (CNA).- The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception has confirmed that protesters led by the Native American activist Nathan Phillips attempted to disrupt the celebration of Mass on the evening of Jan. 19. On Jan. 23, a spokesperson for the Washington, DC basilica released […]

Venezuelan bishops back opposition marches, after calling Maduro ‘illegitimate’

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Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 23, 2019 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of Venezuela have voiced support for peaceful opposition demonstrations across the country Wednesday. At one of these marches in Caracas, opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president. Guaido is head of the National Assembly, the opposition-controlled legislature. He pledged a transitional government […]

Pope Francis Arrives in Panama for World Youth Days

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By Jim Fair Pope Francis arrived in Panama on January 23, 2019, disembarking from his plane from Rome at 4:30 local time at Tocumen International Airport. He was greeted by Panama’s President, Juan Carlos Varela, and Wife, ‎Lorena Castillo. Also on hand to make the Holy Father feel welcome were children, dancers, a military band, […]

The evolving response of the Church in Kentucky to Covington Catholic incident

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Covington, Ky., Jan 23, 2019 / 02:39 pm (CNA).- When video emerged on Twitter last weekend, showing a confrontation between a Native American elderly man with a drum and a group of students from Covington Catholic High School, many media commenters accused the students of racism and disrespect. The original video clip showed a Native […]

World Youth Day kicks off with message: ‘Have the courage to be saints’

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Panama City, Panama, Jan 23, 2019 / 01:59 pm (CNA).- At the opening Mass of World Youth Day 2019, Archbishop José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta of Panama told young people from across the globe that a life of holiness is really possible, with the help of God’s grace. “The Church is looking forward to this springtime […]

‘This is progressive?’ New York bishops react to new abortion law

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Albany, N.Y., Jan 23, 2019 / 01:30 pm (CNA).- Catholic leaders in New York have spoken out against the passage of an expansive new abortion law in the state. The Reproductive Health Act was passed on Tuesday, the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe v Wade. In a statement from the New York State […]

Not so neutral: Colorado’s sex ed bill could marginalize Catholics

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Denver, Colo., Jan 23, 2019 / 01:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A “comprehensive sex education” bill in the Colorado legislature would require public schools to adopt a curriculum that could stigmatize Catholic beliefs about sexuality and gender, one critic warned. “These matters are best left to local school districts in direct consultation with parents and teachers,” […]