Bishops welcome efforts to defend unborn child of undocumented teen

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Austin, Texas, Oct 23, 2017 / 03:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Texas’ bishops have welcomed the decision of an appeals court delaying the government-assisted procurement of an abortion by an undocumented teenager who is under federal custody in the state. However, a request for a review of the appeal has been filed, again opening up the […]

Why your ‘sexy nun’ costume isn’t funny

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Denver, Colo., Oct 23, 2017 / 03:53 am (CNA).- In 2015, the president of the University of Louisville issued an official apology, after a photo depicting him dressed in Mexican stereotypes for Halloween was criticized as insensitive and derogatory. “I want to personally apologize for the recent incident and any pain that it may have […]

Can the Beatitudes inspire great cinema? These filmmakers think so.

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Dallas, Texas, Oct 22, 2017 / 04:12 pm (CNA).- Cinematic reflections on the Eight Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount will be the focus of a movie project that hopes to tap the power of beauty. “God works through beauty, and beauty is the most direct way to impact a person’s heart and present […]

Pope Francis: letter to Card. Filoni on World Mission Sunday

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a letter to the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, on occasion of the 2017 iteration of World Mission Sunday. In the letter, the Holy Father reflects on the upcoming centenary of the great missionary charter of the 20th century, the Apostolic Letter […]

Pope Francis at Angelus: on being Christian in the world

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with pilgrims and tourists gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday. Addressing them ahead of the traditional prayer of Marian devotion, Pope Francis shared a reflection on the Reading from the Sunday Gospel, which this week came from St. Matthew and contains the maxim, “Render unto Caesar what […]

Pope Francis at Angelus: Church’s mission entrusted to Pope St. John Paul II

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has proclaimed October, 2019 an “Extraordinary Missionary Month” to be marked and celebrated in the whole Church throughout the world, and entrusted the mission of the Church in the world especially to Pope St. John Paul II. The Holy Father recalled his intention to celebrate the Extraordinary Missionary Month on Sunday […]

Venezuelan bishops denounce pro-government bias in elections

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Caracas, Venezuela, Oct 22, 2017 / 06:02 am (ACI Prensa).- The Venezuelan bishops’ conference has criticized bias by the National Electoral Council in favor of the government of socialist President Nicolas Maduro during last Sunday’s regional elections. The regime took 18 out of 23 disputed governorships, amid allegations of fraud leveled by the opposition. The […]

Catechesis must encounter the disabled with love, archbishop says

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Rome, Italy, Oct 21, 2017 / 02:01 am (CNA).- The Church must learn “how to encounter disabled people today, how to allow them to have an encounter with Christ in the silence of their own interior and in the signs that indicate his presence in brothers; how to foster their commitment to witness and to […]

Defining our values: What Catholics can take from Bush’s speech

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New York City, N.Y., Oct 20, 2017 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- In a rare political speech on Thursday, former president George W. Bush had blunt words for America: Remember your identity or lose your freedom. Bush spoke Oct. 19 at the at the “Spirit of Liberty: At Home, In The World” event at the Lincoln […]

Catholic leaders lament assassination of Maltese journalist

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Valletta, Malta, Oct 20, 2017 / 11:29 am (CNA).- Both Pope Francis and the bishop of the local Church have expressed their sorrow over the death of Daphne Caruana Galizia, an investigative journalist who died in a car bomb attack on Monday. Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta condemned her murder, saying Oct. 16 that “The […]