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Barred from disaster relief, damaged Texas churches sue government

Washington D.C., Sep 8, 2017 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Texas churches damaged by Hurricane Harvey filed a lawsuit against the Federal Emergency Management Agency, claiming they have been denied disaster relief grants due to their religious status. “After the costliest and most devastating natural disaster in […]

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New bill would protect churches with political views from the IRS

Washington D.C., Oct 1, 2016 / 04:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Churches concerned about Internal Revenue Service intervention if they engage in political speech should take a look at a proposed federal bill that promises fewer restrictions, the bill’s backers say. “No tax exemption can be based on […]

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Families take in refugees as Pope calls on Europe’s churches to open their doors

Rome, Italy, Sep 7, 2015 / 03:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With many European families already opening their homes to refugees, the current head of the Jesuit's refugee agency says Pope Francis' appeal for parishes to open their doors offers a practical way of combating what is otherwise […]

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Pope: all European churches to welcome refugees during Year of Mercy

Vatican City, Sep 6, 2015 / 04:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Sunday issued a strong appeal to the entire European Church – including the Vatican – to take in migrant families as part of the lead-in to the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy. “Faced with the tragedy […]

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In Ukraine, Churches confront fearsome suffering

Kyiv, Ukraine, Apr 2, 2015 / 04:10 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- Bishop Bronislaw Bernacki of Odessa-Simferopol was stunned by the Russian annexation of Crimea and the subsequent war in eastern Ukraine. “No one expected that another war would be carried out on European soil […]

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Everyone but churches can use NYC schools – will the mayor do anything about it?

New York City, N.Y., Mar 30, 2015 / 04:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Churches using New York City public school facilities for worship services are in limbo after the Supreme Court declined to review their case against a city prohibition on their doing so. “Any community group can […]

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Missionary: Boko Haram behind attacks on churches, religious in Niger

Niamey, Niger, Jan 30, 2015 / 04:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- Boko Haram is determined to take its jihadist campaign beyond Nigeria. Its next targets include Niger, where, as reported in an email message from a woman religious working as a missionary in the […]

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Pope pleads with Middle East churches to address crisis together

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2014 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis addressed the increasing challenges caused by violence in the Middle East with members of the Syriac Catholic Church, urging them to work alongside other churches to find solutions. “Many have fled to seek shelter from […]

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Patriarch prays for full union between Catholic, Orthodox churches

Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 29, 2014 / 10:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a prayer gathering on the second day of Pope Francis' visit to Turkey, Patriarch Bartholomew I welcomed him with joy, saying his presence is a symbolic “bridging” of the East and West. “May these holy fathers, […]

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Pope Francis: Turning churches into ‘businesses’ is a scandal

Vatican City, Nov 21, 2014 / 10:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis condemned priests and laity who turn their parishes into a “business” by charging for things such as baptisms, blessings and Mass intentions – calling it a scandal that's hard to forgive. “It is interesting: the […]

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