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Those who've stayed – what now for Christians in Syria and Iraq?

Nov 5, 2015 - 06:02 am .- War in Iraq and Syria have taken a heavy toll on the Chaldean Christians of the Middle East. Now Chaldean bishops like Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq are asking what they can do to help Christian refugees survive and preserve their faith in times of trouble.

Dialogue with the Islamic State? Not likely, says Cardinal Parolin

Oct 29, 2015 - 03:03 pm .- Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said that while interreligious dialogue is important, it’s not likely possible with fundamentalist groups because they aren’t interested in building the necessary relationships.

Rabbi: From John XXIII to Francis, Catholic relations with Judaism have improved

Oct 29, 2015 - 03:02 am .- Fifty years ago the way the Catholic Church related with other religions changed forever when the Second Vatican Council declaration Nostra aetate sparked a wave of unprecedented welcome – a revolution one rabbi says has gained steam with every Pope since.

With a child's touch, sculpture seeks to comfort those who mourn abortion

Oct 24, 2015 - 04:47 pm .- Five years ago a young Slovakian artist set out to create a statue that would offer hope and healing to post-abortive women suffering from pain and regret – and the project would touch hearts around the world.

For Thai Cardinal, the art of living includes witness to the Gospel

Oct 23, 2015 - 12:08 am .- Every Christian has a role to play in evangelization, and the first step is to take the Word of God into their hearts, the Archbishop of Bangkok has said.

Spain's socialist party would ban religion classes – even in private schools

Oct 22, 2015 - 06:02 am .- As Spain prepares for its general election in December, Pedro Sánchez, the leader of the nation's socialist party, has said that if elected his government will pull religion courses from both public and private schools.

Archbishop Chaput: In Philly and in synod, support for Francis is obvious

Oct 19, 2015 - 09:38 am .- In an Oct. 19 interview, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that despite an implied assertion in America Magazine over the weekend, no synod father is an “opponent” of Pope Francis.  

Why one Irish archbishop has a special devotion to the Little Flower family

Oct 16, 2015 - 02:53 pm .- As members of one Martin family are about to be canonized on Sunday, another Martin family prepares to celebrate in Rome.

Pope meets with Chilean miners five years after 'miraculous' rescue

Oct 15, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- Pope Francis met this week with a group of Chilean miners who spent more than two months in a collapsed mine in 2010, before a dramatic rescue that many have hailed as miraculous.

Naming the unknown martyr: could these remains be St. John Plessington?

Oct 14, 2015 - 02:03 pm .- The English priest St. John Plessington was among dozens martyred because of an anti-Catholic hoax in the seventeenth century. Now a diocese seeks to confirm whether remains long venerated as a martyr’s relics are his.

More scheming outside the synod? Soros foundation rep attends LGBT lobby event

Oct 14, 2015 - 12:11 am .- Attendees at an LGBT activist event lobbying the Synod of Bishops included an official from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, one of the most influential funders in the world.

Polish archbishop: Unless we recognize sin, Christ’s incarnation is meaningless

Oct 13, 2015 - 06:01 am .- In a wide-ranging and hard-hitting interview with EWTN Germany, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, president of the Polish bishops' conference, said that were we to cease to recognize sinfulness, then Christ's Incarnation would be rendered “void of its meaning.”

Cardinal Ruini reflects on the Magisterium's continuity

Oct 8, 2015 - 12:04 am .- Cardinal Camillo Ruini, who was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Rome when Venerable Pius XII was Pope, emphasized in a recent interview that he has experienced the continuity of Popes, from Pacelli to Bergoglio.

The relics of St Therese, and her parents, will be displayed throughout the synod

Oct 3, 2015 - 01:05 pm .- Glass cases with the relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux and her parents, Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, will be displayed in Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome for the entirety of the Synod on the Family, Oct. 4-25.

Gay Catholics tell synod to promote chastity – for everyone

Oct 3, 2015 - 04:04 am .- Same-sex attracted Catholics who have turned away from a homosexual lifestyle are urging participants at the upcoming Synod on the Family to defend the Church's teaching on chastity for everyone – including for divorced and remarried.

Ahead of the synod, LGBT activists lobby bishops. Here's what they want.

Oct 2, 2015 - 03:08 pm .- As the Synod on the Family approaches, a well-funded LGBT activist coalition is lobbying bishops to revive controversial language from the debates of the 2014 extraordinary synod.

This event hopes to bring the voice of chaste, gay Catholics to the Synod

Oct 1, 2015 - 06:22 am .- An upcoming international conference in Rome is hoping to give a face to those with same-sex attrac-tion living in accord with the Church's teaching on homosexuality – and to help make their voice heard at the Synod on the Family.

Catalan bishops: Church can't make specific proposals on independence from Spain

Sep 29, 2015 - 06:02 am .- The Catalan regional bishops conference last Tuesday issued a statement ahead of Sunday's regional election – widely seen as an informal referendum on independence – saying the Church will not propose specifics, but can agree with positions that have “moral legitimacy.”

After assisted suicide bill fails, English bishops urge greater care for the dying

Sep 11, 2015 - 04:00 pm .- A measure that would have legalized assisted suicide in England and Wales failed in the British Parliament Friday by a vote of 330-118, much to the relief of both Catholic and Anglican leaders in the nation.

Queen Elizabeth II's remarkable reign – and what her faith has to do with it

Sep 9, 2015 - 03:20 pm .- She has met the Beatles. She speaks fluent French. She has survived 12 U.S. Presidents and she even has a Facebook page. She served in WWII, driving a truck for the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service where she was known to change a flat tire or two.

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