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Bishops pray for Catholic Congressman shot at baseball practice

Bishops pray for Catholic Congressman shot at baseball practice

By Mary Rezac, CNA/EWTN News

Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, 51, was among multiple persons shot in an incident at a Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday morning.

Scalise, a Catholic, was shot at the hip and was transported to surgery. He is reportedly in stable condition.

“Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone,” Scalise’s office said in a statement. “He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S.…

Flying on Sunday? Many airport chapels offer Mass

Flying on Sunday? Many airport chapels offer Mass

By CNA/EWTN News

Flying on Sunday and need a place for Mass? A recent study revealed that 40 percent of major US airports have chapels offering Sunday Mass times for travelers and airport employees. 

Taking data from the 30 busiest airports in the U.S., the Pew Research Center identified airports offering Mass and other forms of Christian worship as well as Jewish and Muslim prayer services. 

The 2015 Pew study found that more than half of the largest hub airports…

What Cardinal O’Malley thinks we can all learn from Fatima

What Cardinal O’Malley thinks we can all learn from Fatima

By CNA/EWTN News

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston said that this weekend’s celebrations for the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima can teach us all about the universal call to holiness and conversion.

“I've always had a great devotion to Our Lady of Fatima,” he told CNA, adding that he’s been involved in Portuguese ministry for many years.

“I had a Portuguese parish for 20 years and was bishop of Fall River for 10 years, where half the Catholics…

Atlanta’s new auxiliary used to be an Air Force captain

Atlanta’s new auxiliary used to be an Air Force captain

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

On Monday the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has named parish priest Fr. Bernard (Ned) Shlesinger of Raleigh, who was an Air Force pilot before entering seminary, as a new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Ga.

Born Dec. 17, 1960, in Washington D.C., Schlesinger obtained the rank of “captain” piloting large aircrafts – specifically C-130 Hercules planes – before entering the seminary in 1990.

He flew the aircraft while stationed at Pope AFB, in…

Kansas City archdiocese breaks ties with Girl Scouts

Kansas City archdiocese breaks ties with Girl Scouts

By CNA/EWTN News

The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas announced this week a halt to their involvement with Girl Scouts USA, and an eventual transfer of their support to alternative scouting programs.

“With the promotion by Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) of programs and materials reflective of many of the troubling trends in our secular culture, they are no longer a compatible partner in helping us form young women with the virtues and value of the Gospel,” stated a May 1…

Family of Facebook murder victim: We forgive the killer

Family of Facebook murder victim: We forgive the killer

By 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 want to wrap our arms around him,” said Tonya Godwin Baines in a CNN interview.

She said that it was her slain father who taught her, through the example of his life, how to forgive.

“The thing that…

Teen pleads guilty over plot to kill Pope during US visit

Teen pleads guilty over plot to kill Pope during US visit

By CNA/EWTN News

On Monday, 17 year-old Santos Colon of Lindenwold, New Jersey pleaded guilty to charges related to a plot to kill the Pope.

The teen had reportedly devised a plot to kill Pope Francis and detonate explosives during the Holy Father’s visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families in 2015.

The event was the last stop on Pope Francis’ six-day trip to the United States, during which he also visited New York City and Washington, D.C.

Hundreds…

Pope Francis to Chicago: Let peace heal your city

Pope Francis to Chicago: Let peace heal your city

By CNA/EWTN News

As violence continues to plague the city of Chicago, Pope Francis has sent words of encouragement, solidarity and hope to the people who live there.

“The consistent practice of nonviolence has broken barriers, bound wounds, healed nations – and it can heal Chicago,” the Pope said in a letter to the local archbishop, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich.

“Please convey to the people of Chicago that they have been on my mind and in my prayers,” Pope Francis…

US exorcists: Demonic activity is on the rise

US exorcists: Demonic activity is on the rise

By Patti Armstrong / National Catholic Register

Indianapolis, Ind., Mar 15, 2017 / 06:26 am (CNA) - There is an alarming increase in demonic activity being reported by those who work in exorcism ministry, said the exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Although steps are being taken to increase the number of exorcists, demand is still outpacing supply.

Father Vincent Lampert has been an exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis since 2005 and is the pastor at St. Malachy’s in…

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