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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…

Despite warnings, assisted suicide bill advances in Hawaii

Despite warnings, assisted suicide bill advances in Hawaii

By CNA/EWTN News

Although critics said an assisted suicide bill would put vulnerable people at risk and change the nature of medicine, the Hawaii Senate has given it strong support.

“Physicians are seen as trusted health advisors, and this bill undermines this relationship, creating suspicion and uncertainty for Hawaii’s patients,” said Deacon Walter Yoshimitsu, executive director of the Hawaii Catholic Conference.

“The Senate’s approval of assisted suicide ignores the tremendous strides we have made as a community to promote the…

Southern Regional Conference of Charismatic Renewal set

The annual Southern Regional Conference of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal scheduled for March 31-April 2 will be held at the Best Western Plus Landmark Hotel in Metairie, La. The conference theme is “Current of Grace”, marking the golden jubilee of the Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church. Pope Francis has referred to the Charismatic Renewal as “a current of grace in the Church and for the Church.”

Conference speakers include world renowned Sister Briege McKenna, OSC and Father Kevin Scallon, CM,…

These 17th century monks did a beer fast for Lent

These 17th century monks did a beer fast for Lent

By Matt Hadro, CNA/EWTN News

As Ash Wednesday kicks off the Lenten season, Catholics enter into 40 days of abstaining from sweets, technology, alcohol and other luxuries.

But did you know that Catholic monks once brewed beer specifically for a liquid-only Lenten fast?

Back in the 1600s, Paulaner monks moved from Southern Italy to the Cloister Neudeck ob der Au in Bavaria. “Being a strict order, they were not allowed to consume solid food during Lent,” the current braumeister and beer…

How rice bowls can build a ‘culture of encounter’ this Lent

How rice bowls can build a ‘culture of encounter’ this Lent

By Matt Hadro, CNA/EWTN News

Through its annual rice bowl initiative, Catholic Relief Services has announced it will be promoting a “culture of encounter” in its Lenten operation.

“At a time when there is so much conflict in the world, this Lenten program gives people of all ages a way to respond to human suffering with compassion and action,” Joan Rosenhauer, executive vice president of U.S. operations for Catholic Relief Services, stated.

“To learn the names and stories of our brothers…

Florist who lost religious liberty case says all freedoms are at stake

Florist who lost religious liberty case says all freedoms are at stake

By Matt Hadro, CNA/EWTN News

A Washington florist fined for not serving a same-sex wedding out of conscience says the state's supreme court “violated” her freedoms by ruling against her on Thursday.

“What the court decided was that now the government has the power to separate me from my livelihood and my faith,” Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Wash., told CNA in an interview.

“They're trying to compel me to design something that goes totally against my…

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