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Nuns, guns and the Wild West: the extraordinary tale of Sr. Blandina

Nuns, guns and the Wild West: the extraordinary tale of Sr. Blandina

By Mary Rezac, CNA/EWTN News

Billy the Kid, a notorious bank and stage-coach robber of the Wild West, met his match in the most unlikely of people when he met Sister Blandina Segale.


According to legend, and to Sr. Blandina's journal and letters, one of Billy the Kid's gang members had been shot and was on the brink of death when the doctors of Trinidad, Colo. refused to treat him. Sister decided to take him in and cared…

Pray against ‘powers of darkness,’ Cardinal Dolan tells pro-life marchers

Pray against ‘powers of darkness,’ Cardinal Dolan tells pro-life marchers

By CNA/EWTN News

In the fight against abortion, it is crucial to recognize the reality of evil and the importance of prayer, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said on the eve of the annual March for Life.

The power of evil in the world, he said, is “stronger than any in creation save one, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who called Himself ‘the way, the truth, and the life.’”

“That’s why we come to this place of prayer…

Speaker Paul Ryan will headline March for Life

Speaker Paul Ryan will headline March for Life

By Christine Rousselle, CNA/EWTN News

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) will address the upcoming March for Life, organizers announced on Wednesday. This is the first time Ryan has spoken at the March for Life in person since he was elected speaker in 2015.

The 45th annual March for Life will take place on January 19th in Washington, D.C., and is the country’s largest pro-life protest. The event is held each year near the anniversary of the Roe v.…

Reversing course, FEMA allows religious groups to receive disaster aid

Reversing course, FEMA allows religious groups to receive disaster aid

By CNA/EWTN News

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Tuesday that houses of worship will now be eligible to receive federal disaster relief funds, after outcry from religious leaders in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Previously, these FEMA funds were limited to private nonprofits that were not affiliated with a religion, such as museums, libraries, community centers, and homeless shelters.

“Effective for any major disaster declared on or after August 23, 2017, private nonprofit organizations operating a house of worship…

Pope Francis and bishops respond to Law’s death as funeral plans finalized

Pope Francis and bishops respond to Law’s death as funeral plans finalized

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

The Vatican announced Wednesday that the funeral Mass of Cardinal Bernard Law, the former archbishop of Boston who died Dec. 20, will be held Thursday.

As is customary for cardinals who most recently resided in Rome, the Mass will be held at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica, and will be presided over by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, alongside other cardinals and bishops.

After the Eucharistic celebration, Pope Francis…

Ohio bill one step closer to prohibiting Down syndrome abortions

Ohio bill one step closer to prohibiting Down syndrome abortions

By Maggie Maslak,CNA/EWTN News

On Wednesday, the Ohio State Senate passed a bill that would penalize doctors who perform abortions, if the abortion is chosen “in whole or in part,” because the unborn child has received a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

The bill, which passed the Senate 20-12, will now be sent to Ohio Governor John Kasich, who has 10 days to sign the bill into law. The governor’s office noted that Kasich has called the measure “appropriate,” but…

Founding member of CFRs and EWTN host Fr. Andrew Apostoli dies at age 75

Founding member of CFRs and EWTN host Fr. Andrew Apostoli dies at age 75

By CNA/EWTN News

Franciscan friar and EWTN host Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR, passed away on the morning of Dec. 13, his community has confirmed.

Fr. Apostoli was a founding member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and was a regular on EWTN programming, most recently as the host of “Sunday Night Prime.”

He also authored numerous books and was considered one of the leading experts on the Our Lady of Fatima apparitions.

“All of us at EWTN are saddened…

‘Crown Jewel’ of nation’s basilica blessed in DC

‘Crown Jewel’ of nation’s basilica blessed in DC

By Adelaide Mena, CNA/EWTN News

With the blessing of its final mosaic, America’s Basilica – The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. – is finally complete after nearly a century of construction and adornment.

“This magnificent tribute in stone, glass, marble mosaic to Mary, Mother of Jesus, Mother of God and our Mother, invites all of us to recognize not only the special role of Mary in our life but the unique glory that is hers in…

What are banned from DC buses? Catholic Christmas ads.

What are banned from DC buses? Catholic Christmas ads.

By Kevin J. Jones, CNA/EWTN News

Christmas-themed ads about the “perfect gift” of the Advent season have been wrongly barred from District of Columbia buses, the Archdiocese of Washington has said in a lawsuit challenging a policy of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority against religious ads.

“Really the issue here isn’t so much our specific ad, or how we present it,” said Ed McFadden, the archdiocese’s secretary for communications. “It’s shutting down our ability to promote our faith or…

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