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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 […]

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 […]

Australian state’s lower house passes assisted suicide bill

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Melbourne, Australia, Oct 20, 2017 / 10:31 am (CNA).- A bill to legalize assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia was passed by Victoria’s Legislative Assembly on Friday after 26 hours of debate. The bill will now advance to the upper house of the Australian state’s parliament, the Legislative Council, where it is expected to pass. If […]

Georgetown pro-marriage group faces sanctions after students complain

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Washington D.C., Oct 20, 2017 / 09:53 am (CNA).- A pro-marriage student group at Georgetown University is in danger of being defunded and barred from campus facilities, after fellow students have petitioned that it be recognized as a “hate group.” The Hoya, Georgetown’s student newspaper, reported on Oct. 20 that Love Saxa, a student organization […]

Burma’s cardinal: ‘The Pope will come to heal the wounds of the country’

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Yangon, Burma, Oct 20, 2017 / 06:01 am (CNA).- Pope Francis’ trip to Burma will help heal the wounds of his country, especially for minorities under attack, the nation’s sole cardinal maintains. Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon is the first Burmese cardinal in the history of the Church. He was made a cardinal by […]