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Prayer is about being with God, not stress relief, Francis says

San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, Mar 17, 2018 / 08:33 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On Saturday Pope Francis asked Catholics if they try to pray as Jesus did – out of love for God – or if they only pray when they need something from God or want a 'shot' of stress relief.

Pope Francis in Pietrelcina: Padre Pio loved Mother Church

Pietrelcina. Italy, Mar 17, 2018 / 05:40 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Speaking Saturday in Pietrelcina, the town where St. Padre Pio was born, Pope Francis encouraged devotion to Holy Mother Church, explaining how despite the imperfection of its members, it was beloved by Padre Pio.

Legalizing divorce would devastate families, warn Philippines bishops

Manila, Philippines, Mar 16, 2018 / 02:40 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- As the Philippines considers legalizing divorce, the nation's bishops are speaking out against the measure, warning that it would be detrimental to couples and families, especially children.

The legacy of Stephen Hawking - a Catholic scientist reflects

Cambridge, England, Mar 15, 2018 / 11:28 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The death of Stephen Hawking this week prompted a leading Catholic scientist to reflect on the life of the famed physicist, including his "astonishing" contributions to physics and his lifelong atheism.

Alleged abuse victims testify against Cardinal Pell at Australian court hearing

Melbourne, Australia, Mar 15, 2018 / 06:09 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Alleged victims of abuse of Cardinal George Pell gave testimonies this week during a hearing in an Australian court which will determine if he will face a trial.

The past seven years: A reflection on the Syrian Civil War

Damascus, Syria, Mar 15, 2018 / 04:36 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Seven years ago, on March 15, 2011, the Syrian Civil War began. Since then, the conflict in Syria has forced more than 5.4 million people to flee their home country to neighboring nations, such as Turkey and Lebanon. An addition 6.1 million Syrians are believed to have been internally displaced. And more than 400,000 have lost their lives.

Christian leaders in US oppose plan to tax church-owned property in Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Mar 14, 2018 / 06:02 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Prominent Christian leaders in America co-signed a letter Tuesday to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat asking them to reconsider a proposed plan to tax church-owned properties in the city.

Born premature at 23 weeks, this UK baby beat the odds

London, England, Mar 14, 2018 / 05:07 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Cheri Price was just 23 weeks pregnant when her daughter Hailie was prematurely born.

Apartment building donated to house homeless, pregnant mothers in Alberta

Edmonton, Canada, Mar 14, 2018 / 04:04 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Every year in Edmonton, the city sees around 100 homeless, pregnant women who are in need of health care, shelter, and support.

U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference Chairmen Urge Support for the ‘First Amendment Defense Act’

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee for Religious Liberty, and Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, gave their strong support for the First Amendment Defense Act, which was recently introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) in the U.S. Senate:

"We welcome and applaud the recent reintroduction of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). The USCCB has been vocal in support of the legislation since its inception. FADA is a modest and important measure that protects the rights of faith-based organizations and people of all faiths and of no faith who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. For example, in a pluralistic society, faith-based charitable agencies and schools should not be excluded from participation in public life by loss of licenses, accreditation, or tax-exempt status because they hold reasonable views on marriage that differ from the federal government's view.

The leadership of the Catholic Church will continue to promote and protect the natural truth of marriage as foundational to the common good. The Church will also continue to stand for the ability of all to exercise their religious beliefs and moral convictions in public life without fear of government discrimination.

We are pleased to support the First Amendment Defense Act, and we urge Congress to pass this important legislation."

The letter of support for the First Amendment Defense Act is available at

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