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Don’t ‘photoshop’ your heart – be who you are, Pope tells young Peruvians

Don’t ‘photoshop’ your heart – be who you are, Pope tells young Peruvians

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

On Sunday Pope Francis told Peruvian youth that Jesus doesn't want disciples who have been “photoshopped” to perfection, but like the great saints of the past, God calls people to follow him with trust and enthusiasm, despite their weaknesses.

“When Jesus looks at us, he does not think about how perfect we are, but about all the love we have in our hearts to give in serving others,” the Pope said Jan. 21.

With technology…

The world needs you, Francis tells young people at children’s home

The world needs you, Francis tells young people at children’s home

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

Speaking to kids at a home for orphaned and abandoned children on Friday, Pope Francis said they have much to offer the world by being themselves and sharing their experiences.

“The world needs you, young men and women… and it needs you as you are. Do not be content to be the last car on the train of society, letting yourselves be pulled along and eventually disconnected. We need you to be the engine, always…

Dominican sisters help educate Iraqi children returning home

Dominican sisters help educate Iraqi children returning home

By ACI Prensa

When Iraqi residents fled their homes during the Islamic State invasion, they left behind their houses, neighbors, and day-to-day lives.

For the children who fled, leaving their home behind also meant an interruption in their education – in some cases for months or years.

While some refugee camps offer classes for children, challenges abound and students often fall behind.

Now, a group of Dominican sisters in one Iraqi town is working to help educate displaced children as…

Cardinal Pell accuser dies before sexual abuse trial begins

Cardinal Pell accuser dies before sexual abuse trial begins

By Catholic News Agency

The legal case against Cardinal George Pell of Australia has taken an unexpected turn, after the death of Damian Dignan, who accused Pell of committing acts of sexual abuse.

Dignan died of leukemia last week in the Australian town of Ballarat, which will likely impact a committal hearing scheduled for March 5 addressing the sexual abuse charges levelled against Pell.

In March 2016, Dignan and two former classmates from St. Alipius school in Ballarat who together…

Archbishop: Is the Nigerian government looking for missing nuns?

Archbishop: Is the Nigerian government looking for missing nuns?

By CNA/EWTN News

A Nigerian archbishop has urged authorities to intensify their investigation of six nuns who remain missing after being kidnapped in November.

“It is disheartening that the security agencies have not been able to get the sisters out,” said Archbishop Alfred Martin of Lagos at a news conference on January 2, according to the Nigerian Premium Times.

“We still do hope that the security agencies would do much more than is being done now to ensure that the…

Mass in sign language? These Spanish priests celebrate it every week

Mass in sign language? These Spanish priests celebrate it every week

By CNA

In the Catholic Church, the spoken language is central to the liturgy: we recite the Nicene Creed as one, we praise the Lord with the Gloria that we sing, and we bow our heads to hear the blessing we receive at the end of Mass.

But there’s a different reality for hearing impaired and deaf Catholics around the world.

Father Sergio Buiza, the national director of the Spanish Conference of Catholic Bishops Deaf Ministry, said their goal is…

Marriage redefined in Australia despite religious freedom fears

Marriage redefined in Australia despite religious freedom fears

By CNA/EWTN News

A bill passed Thursday in Australia changed the legal definition of marriage from being between “a man and a women” to “between two people.”

The parliamentary vote comes after a two-month postal survey which concluded on Nov. 7, with nearly 80 percent of Australia’s voting eligible population in participation. Of the 12.7 million people who voted, 61 percent voted in favor of same-sex marriage.

The poll was legally non-binding, but it did initiate the introduction of a…

Polish lawmakers consider closing shops on Sundays

Polish lawmakers consider closing shops on Sundays

By CNA/EWTN News

Poland could gradually end Sunday shopping in the next three years, if lawmakers approve a bill under consideration in the national legislature.

Backers of the legislation want to make it possible for workers to spend more time with their families, the British magazine The Catholic Herald reports. The bill was initially supported by trade unions, then received support from the Law and Justice Party, Poland’s ruling party.

Poland’s lower house, the Sejm, passed the bill by a vote of…

Spanish Planned Parenthood subsidiary stripped of government benefits

Spanish Planned Parenthood subsidiary stripped of government benefits

By ACI Prensa

Spain’s National Court has ruled that the Family Planning Federation, a subsidiary of Planned Parenthood International, can no longer be designated as a “public service organization” in Spain.

Under Spanish law, an organization qualified as a public service organization receives numerous tax, economic, administrative and legal benefits.  

The Spanish subsidiarity of the International Planned Parenthood Federation lost its designation in May 2016, when it was discovered the group had been illegally financed for seven years. The…

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