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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…

Peaceful protests outside hospital to support Alfie Evans’ parents

Peaceful protests outside hospital to support Alfie Evans’ parents

By CNA/EWTN News

Amid a tense battle over medical care for gravely ill toddler Alfie Evans, hundreds of protestors crowded outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital this week in support of the child and his parents.  

Evans, who is 23 months, suffers from an unidentified degenerative neurological condition, has been under continuous hospitalization since December 2016.

His parents wish for him to continue receiving care and to take him to the Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome, but officials at Alder…

Benedict XVI celebrates 91st birthday with his brother

Benedict XVI celebrates 91st birthday with his brother

By CNA/EWTN News

Benedict XVI turned 91 on Monday, celebrating “with his brother Georg in a calm and familiar climate,” according to a Vatican statement.

This evening, members of the Swiss Guard band are scheduled to perform in the Mater Eccelsiae monastery in honor of the pope emeritus.

Pope Francis offered Mass in the morning for Benedict XVI, and sent him a greeting afterward, the Vatican said.

Benedict XVI was pope from 2005 to 2013. He shocked the world when…

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…

Pope to visit Marian shrine, attend Neocatechumenal Way meeting in May

Pope to visit Marian shrine, attend Neocatechumenal Way meeting in May

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

On Tuesday papal spokesperson Greg Burke announced two new additions to Pope Francis’ May calendar: A visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love in Rome and a meeting with members of the Neocatechumenal Way.

Francis’ visit to the Shrine of Divine Love will take place the afternoon of May 1. There, the pope will pray the rosary to mark the beginning of May, the month of Mary.

On May 5 he will…

Archbishop Fisher: Priests will suffer punishment before breaking confessional seal

Archbishop Fisher: Priests will suffer punishment before breaking confessional seal

By CNA/EWTN News

Amid attacks on the seal of confession in Australia, Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney has said priests will suffer punishment before betraying their sacred obligations.

Confession “is threatened today both by neglect and attack. But priests will, we know, suffer punishment, even martyrdom, rather than break the seal of Confession,” Archbishop Fisher said April 1 during his homily for Easter Sunday at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney.

“For Confession is a privileged encounter between penitent and God; here the…

Vatican arrests priest under investigation for possession of child porn

Vatican arrests priest under investigation for possession of child porn

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

On Saturday Vatican police arrested former Vatican diplomat Fr. Carlo Alberto Capella, who has been under investigation for the violation of laws concerning the possession of child pornography and its distribution or sale.

Capella was recalled from the U.S. Nunciature in Washington, D.C. in September 2017, after the Vatican was informed Aug. 21, by the U.S. State Department, that there was a “possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images” by a member of…

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…

Priest killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, another freed

Priest killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, another freed

By CNA/EWTN News

Armed men burst into a church meeting room in the North Kivu region April 8 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and killed 38-year-old Fr. Étienne Sengiyumva, the parish pastor.

Bishop Théophile Kaboy Ruboneka of Goma, in North Kivu Province announced the news to the Vatican’s Fides News Agency

"After celebrating the Mass at Kyahemba, a district in his parish, around 3pm, Fr. Étienne was meeting with his parish staff, when an armed man, accompanied by…

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