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Take Mary into your home, LA archbishop says on new Marian feast

Take Mary into your home, LA archbishop says on new Marian feast

CNA/EWTN News

The Archbishop of Los Angeles encouraged Catholics to love the Blessed Virgin Mary as their mother during a Mass commemorating a newly-proclaimed Catholic feast day.

“Jesus wants you to take Mary into your homes – into your lives and into your hearts,” Archbishop José Gomez  said May 21, during his homily at LA’s Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.   

Pope Francis added the Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church to the Roman calendar in February.…

Ninja priest? Meet the unlikely new contestant on a hit TV show

Ninja priest? Meet the unlikely new contestant on a hit TV show

By Perry West, CNA

Among the contestants on season 10 of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, there’s one who stands out.

In addition to being a physical trainer, Father Stephen Gadberry is also a Catholic priest. He hopes that his participation in the upcoming season of American Ninja Warrior will make the clergy appear more human and available.

Physical activity can be a “simple way to start a conversation with a spiritual leader, with a pastor, where [people] may be too…

Judge rules California assisted suicide law was wrongfully ‘rushed’

Judge rules California assisted suicide law was wrongfully ‘rushed’

CNA/EWTN News

California’s assisted suicide law was wrongly passed in a special legislative session, ruled a California judge this week.

Though the ruling might only be temporary, one terminally ill woman at the May 15 hearing was grateful for it.

“The bill’s proponents tout dignity, choice, compassion, and painlessness. I am here to tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. Choice is really an illusion for a very few,” Stephanie Packer said, according to the Los Angeles…

Film and evangelization – how Bishop Barron inspired high school seniors

Film and evangelization – how Bishop Barron inspired high school seniors

By Maggie Maslak, CNA/EWTN News

Each year at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School, students are required to complete a “senior evangelization project” for their final year's theology class.

This year, the students have been assigned by their teacher, John Goerke, with tackling their class project through a particular medium: film.

Each student has been charged with researching, writing, shooting, and editing their own film about Catholicism, inspired by Bishop Robert Barron’s own video series, “Catholicism: Pivotal Players”.

Because the project was…

Paul Ryan announces retirement from Congress

Paul Ryan announces retirement from Congress

By Christine Rousselle, CNA/EWTN News

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) will not run for reelection this November, he announced on Wednesday. Ryan’s departure confirms rumors that began swirling in mid-December 2017. He will retire in January, at the conclusion of his term.

Ryan, who is a Catholic, was first elected to Congress in 1998, and became the speaker of the house in October of 2015. He has become known for his conservative views and was Mitt Romney’s running…

Legalizing assisted suicide harms those with depression, Hawaii bishop says

Legalizing assisted suicide harms those with depression, Hawaii bishop says

By CNA/EWTN News

Hawaii became last week the most recent US state to legalize assisted suicide, and the islands' bishop has written about the shortsightedness of permitting some residents to end their lives.

“I find it ironic that the act of taking one’s life, which people have been doing quite autonomously for thousands of years, is now only to be sanctioned if one has the permission of one’s 'health' care provider, the State legislature and the governor,” Bishop Larry Silva…

Wuerl: On ‘Humanae Vitae’ anniversary, we renew fidelity to the pope

Wuerl: On ‘Humanae Vitae’ anniversary, we renew fidelity to the pope

By Christine Rousselle, CNA

“The Church, from the very beginning, has always recognized the special and unique role of Peter,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl at the closing Mass of a Catholic University of America symposium on the 50th anniversary of papal encyclical Humanae Vitae.

The role of Peter - as an authoritative teacher of faith and morals - was reaffirmed, Wuerl believes, by the US bishops’ response to initial controversy over Humanae Vitae.

During the Mass, celebrated in the Basilica of the…

Police search Michigan bishop’s home, citing lack of cooperation in sex abuse investigation

Police search Michigan bishop’s home, citing lack of cooperation in sex abuse investigation

By Mary Rezac, CNA/EWTN News

On Thursday, police in Saginaw, Michigan raided the home of Bishop Joseph Cistone, as well as the diocesan chancery and its cathedral rectory, as part of an ongoing investigation into sex abuse allegations against several diocesan priests.

CNA has reached out to the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan for comment but did not receive a response by press time.

Police told local media that they could not reveal what they were searching for or taking from…

Lenten campaign invites fallen-away Catholics back to confession

Lenten campaign invites fallen-away Catholics back to confession

By CNA/EWTN News

Through an annual initiative called “The light is on for you,” dioceses throughout the U.S. have opened their doors to welcome fallen away Catholics back to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

“It’s an opportunity to reach out to people who may not be regularly thinking about confession and for it to spark their interest,” said Father Nicholas Vaskov, executive director of communications for the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

“This is sort of the apex of a long journey back…

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