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Pope Francis Comforts Sister Of French Priest Slain Last Year

Vatican City, Apr 24, 2017 / 10:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday comforted the sister of Father Jacques Hamel, an 85-year-old priest who was killed by ISIS sympathizers while celebrating Mass in Normandy, France last summer. According to the Associated Press, the Pope gripped...

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Christians Are The Most Widely Targeted Religious Group In The World

Washington D.C., Apr 23, 2017 / 04:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When it comes to religious persecution, Christians are the most widely targeted community, said a new report released this week. But despite oppression and threat of violence, the faithful “should not be afraid,” said a Pakistani...

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Virginia Bishops Welcome Commutation Of Prisoner's Death Sentence

Richmond, Va., Apr 22, 2017 / 03:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic bishops of Virginia welcomed a decision by the governor to commute a prisoner’s death sentence on the grounds that false information was presented during his sentencing. “We are all children of the same merciful, loving God,...

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India Bishops Slam 'brutal' Disruption Of Good Friday Service

Rome, Italy, Apr 21, 2017 / 10:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- India's Catholic bishops have strongly condemned a violent police disruption of a Good Friday service at a small parish in the south of the country. The Dhalit Catholic community in the village of Sogandi was holding a liturgy for the Passion...

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Why Russia's New Ban On Jehovah's Witnesses Is So Troubling

Moscow, Russia, Apr 21, 2017 / 08:01 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- The Jehovah's Witnesses have been banned as an extremist group in a Thursday Supreme Court decision that observers feared signaled a further step back for religious liberty. “For Jehovah's Witnesses, this is going to be a...

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In Missouri, A Court Decision Means Lower Health Standards For Abortion Clinics

Jefferson City, Mo., Apr 21, 2017 / 08:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Stronger medical standards for abortion clinics were thrown out in Missouri by a federal judge who cited a Supreme Court decision on a similar law in Texas. The Missouri law required abortion clinics to have the same standards as...

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After Court Ruling, Tennessee To Stop Enforcing Two Pro-Life Laws

Nashville, Tenn., Apr 20, 2017 / 01:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The state of Tennessee has agreed to stop enforcing two abortion restrictions which are similar to those in Texas that were struck down by the Supreme Court last year. State Attorney General Herbert Slatery III, said the laws’...

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Catholic Scientists Converge In Chicago To Ask Big Questions

Chicago, Ill., Apr 19, 2017 / 08:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The first conference of the Society of Catholic Scientists will focus on beginnings: the origin of consciousness, the origin of human language, the origin of the cosmos, and the origin of living things. “Might there be other planets that...

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Fears Rise In Egypt After ISIS Attack Near Ancient Monastery

Cairo, Egypt, Apr 19, 2017 / 04:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Gunmen attacked a police checkpoint near an historic Orthodox Christian monastery in Egypt, killing one and wounding four. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility, the Associated Press reports. St. Catherine's Monastery,...

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Marijuana Scores Badly In 'entirely Predictable' Report

Denver, Colo., Apr 20, 2017 / 03:02 am (CNA).- A recent report shows that traffic deaths, crime, emergency room visits and youth usage of marijuana increased significantly in the first two years following the legalization of recreational pot in the state of Colorado. Released by the Rocky...

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13 Planning Attacks On Christians Arrested In Egypt

Cairo, Egypt, Apr 20, 2017 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Egyptian police on Sunday arrested 13 people who were planning attacks against Christians and public institutions in the country. The April 16 arrests take on greater importance as Pope Francis prepares to visit Egypt at the end of the...

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Supreme Court Appears Skeptical Of State Denying Benefits To Churches

Washington D.C., Apr 19, 2017 / 02:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments about whether a state benefit program could exclude churches because of their religious status. Several justices appeared skeptical of Missouri’s rationale for denying a church preschool...

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Family Of Facebook Murder Victim: We Forgive The Killer

Cleveland, Ohio, Apr 18, 2017 / 03:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Mourning family members of a Cleveland man whose murder on Easter Sunday was posted online in a Facebook video said that despite their grief, they forgive their father’s killer. “Each one of us forgives the killer. The murderer. We...

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Man In Custody After Calif. Shooting Near Catholic Charities

Fresno, Calif., Apr 18, 2017 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A 39-year-old man is in custody following a shooting spree that left three people dead in Fresno, California on Tuesday, including one person who was killed in the parking lot of a Catholic Charities building. The suspect, Kori Ali...

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Pro-Francis Posters Go Up In Rome, Striking A Different Chord

Vatican City, Apr 18, 2017 / 07:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Just two months after Pope Francis faced intense backlash for his reforms when critical posters were plastered around Rome, a new set went up around the city over Easter, this time praising the Pope for his commitment to mercy and...