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  • Iraqi archbishop who preserves historic manuscripts nominated for Sakharov Prize

    Iraqi archbishop who preserves historic manuscripts nominated for Sakharov Prize CNA Staff, Sep 25, 2020 / 06:19 pm (CNA).- The Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul has been nominated for the Sakharov Prize for his work to preserve hundreds of historic manuscripts from destruction by the Islamic State in 2014.Archbishop Najeeb Michaeel, a Dominican, has worked since at least 1990 to preserve manuscripts and other historic documents from the Mosul area.The Sakharov Prize is awarded by the European Parliament to those dedicated to the defense of human rights and freedom of thought.The other nominees this year are the democratic opposition in Belarus; environmental activists in Honduras; and a group of LGBTI activists[…]

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  • Vandal takes baseball bat to Catholic seminary in Texas, but none harmed

    Vandal takes baseball bat to Catholic seminary in Texas, but none harmed Denver Newsroom, Sep 25, 2020 / 05:07 pm (CNA).- A man who wielded a baseball bat on the grounds of a Catholic seminary in Texas damaged a crucifix and several doors, but caused no harm to seminary students. The seminary asked for prayers for the unknown perpetrator and warned against a rush to judgment.“Assumption Seminary in San Antonio received damage to an outdoor crucifix and five glass doors of the discernment house on campus during an act of vandalism which occurred at just after 10 p.m. on September 24,” Jordan McMorrough, communications director for the San Antonio archdiocese, told CNA[…]

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  • President Trump plans to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

    President Trump plans to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court CNA Staff, Sep 25, 2020 / 04:20 pm (CNA).-  President Donald Trump is expected to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett Saturday to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.A source close to Barrett told CNA Friday that the judge, who met with Trump this week, expects to be nominated to the post.Several news outlets, including CNN and the NY Times, reported Friday that they had received confirmation of Trump’s intention from the White House.Trump is not known to have interviewed other candidates for the job, but sources stressed that the president[…]

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  • Black Pentecostal leaders: Amy Coney Barrett 'persecuted' for charismatic faith

    Black Pentecostal leaders: Amy Coney Barrett 'persecuted' for charismatic faith Washington D.C., Sep 25, 2020 / 03:15 pm (CNA).-  A letter released Friday by Black Pentecostal and charismatic Christian leaders has decried criticisms of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s charismatic Catholicism, ahead of her possible appointment to the Supreme Court.“Today we stand with, and speak in defense of, Judge Amy Coney Barrett,” the Sept. 25 letter said.“As black Christians we will not stand by in silence as our sister in the faith is persecuted for the ‘political crime’ of her beliefs,” said the letter, which was signed by numerous clergy members, scholars, and religious leaders.Barrett, said the letter, should be judged[…]

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  • NI health department warns of risks of unregulated at-home medical abortion

    NI health department warns of risks of unregulated at-home medical abortion CNA Staff, Sep 25, 2020 / 03:01 pm (CNA).- Northern Ireland's Department of Health told a Belfast daily on Friday that women who self-administer medical abortions at home are at risk.Home administration of medical abortions is not permitted in Northern Ireland.“Women are at risk if they access unregulated abortion services,” the health department told The News Letter Sept. 25.“The Department’s view is that services should be properly delivered through direct medical supervision within the health and social care system.”The News Letter's Adam Kula had asked the Department of Health about a online course being held Sept. 26 by Alliance for[…]

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  • In UN message, Pope Francis decries abortion and family breakdown

    In UN message, Pope Francis decries abortion and family breakdown Vatican City, Sep 25, 2020 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis told the United Nations Friday that denying the existence of human life in the womb through abortion does not solve problems.“Unfortunately, some countries and international institutions are also promoting abortion as one of the so-called ‘essential services’ provided in the humanitarian response to the pandemic,” Pope Francis said in his address to the UN Sept. 25.“It is troubling to see how simple and convenient it has become for some to deny the existence of a human life as a solution to problems that can and must be solved for[…]

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  • US ambassador issues religious freedom warning at UN event

    US ambassador issues religious freedom warning at UN event Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 25, 2020 / 01:30 pm (CNA).- The U.S. religious freedom ambassador has warned against governments using the pandemic to crack down on religious minorities, in remarks on Friday during the United Nations General Assembly.Sam Brownback, Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom, spoke at an online event “Answering the Call to Protect Religious Freedom” event, held during the 2020 UN General Assembly.In a review of the developments of global religious freedom in the past year, Brownback noted that the U.S. has “urged governments to make sure members of religious minority groups are not discriminated against during the pandemic,”[…]

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  • Bishops in US emphasize importance of life, Church teaching in voting guidances

    Bishops in US emphasize importance of life, Church teaching in voting guidances CNA Staff, Sep 25, 2020 / 12:17 pm (CNA).- As election day looms, Catholic bishops throughout the country are issuing pastoral guidance on how Catholics should think about their vote, emphasizing the preeminent importance of “life issues” and Church teaching.“I recognize that many of you feel such deep distress about this election, perhaps the most contentious in the course of our lifetime,” Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh said in a Sept. 22 letter to Catholics in his diocese.The bishop noted that there are “problems with each of the major parties’ platforms and their endorsed candidates” and that his job as[…]

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  • Analysis: The Becciu resignation, a beginning not an end

    Analysis: The Becciu resignation, a beginning not an end Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 25, 2020 / 11:00 am (CNA).- At around 6pm on Thursday, Pope Francis summoned Cardinal Angelo Becciu to a meeting, multiple sources tell CNA. In the hour before, the pope reportedly had been given an advance copy of a forthcoming news report on Becciu, his stewardship of Vatican finances, and new allegations that he used his position, and Church funds, to enrich his family.Within an hour, the Holy See press office released a statement saying that the pope had “accepted Becciu’s resignation” from his role as head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saint and[…]

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  • Polish president discusses ‘promotion of the family’ with Pope Francis

    Polish president discusses ‘promotion of the family’ with Pope Francis Vatican City, Sep 25, 2020 / 11:00 am (CNA).- Polish President Andrzej Duda met with Pope Francis Friday during his first official trip abroad since his narrow election victory in July.The Holy See press office said Sept. 25 that after his audience with the pope, Duda met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, and Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.“The cordial discussions took place in the context of the centenary of the birth of St. John Paul II and the 40th anniversary of the founding of the independent autonomous trade union Solidarność [Solidarity],” the statement said.“Some topics[…]

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Everything you need to know about Pentecost

Holy SpiritDenver, Colo. /(CNA) - This month, the Church celebrates Pentecost, one of the most important feast days of the year that concludes the Easter season and celebrates the beginning of the Church.  

Here’s what you need to know about the feast day:

The timing and origins of Pentecost

Pentecost always occurs 50 days after the death and resurrection of Jesus, and ten days after his ascension into heaven. Because Easter is a moveable feast without a fixed date, and Pentecost depends on the timing of Easter, Pentecost can fall anywhere between May 10 and June 13.

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WHEATON, Ill., April 2020/PRNewswire/ -- The Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI) at Wheaton College and the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) want churches to know they're not alone. Together, they presented the COVID-19 Church Online Summit, a two-day digital summit to help churches respond creatively, practically, and faithfully to the coronavirus outbreak.  

The Summit is free at https://www.covid19churchsummit.com.

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