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High-Profile Rome Exorcist: ‘ISIS Is Satan’ (5740)

Father Gabriel Amorth made the comment in an April 8 Facebook post.

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ISIS fighters photographed in Anbar, Iraq.

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ROME — In a recent Facebook post, well-known Roman exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth said the Islamic State (ISIS) “is Satan,” and he also questioned the lack of response from Western nations.

“ISIS is Satan. Things first happen in the spiritual realms, then they are made concrete on this earth,” he said in an April 8 post on the social-media website.

Father Amorth continued, “There are only two spiritual realms: the Holy Spirit and the demonic spirit.”

He said the demonic enters in “because evil is disguised in various ways: political, religious, cultural, and it has one source of inspiration: the devil. As a Christian, I fight the beast spiritually.”

“The political world, which today...READ MORE

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Pope: Without ‘Alliance’ Between Men and Women, Affection and Hope Diminish (1649)

On April 15, Pope Francis warned against gender theories that seek to eradicate differences between man and woman, saying they perpetuate the very problems they are trying to solve. In order to strengthen the reciprocal relationship between men and women, women should “not only be listened to more,” but they should be “a recognized authority in society and in the Church.”

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has warned against gender theories that seek to eradicate differences between man and woman, saying they perpetuate the very problems they are trying to solve.

“Experience teaches us: To know each other well and grow in harmony, the human being requires the reciprocity of man and woman,” the Pope said Wednesday to participants in his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

In his April 15 catechesis, the Pope challenged notions of “so-called gender theory” and whether it “aims to erase sexual difference because it no longer knows how to confront it.”

Observing how such theories are an expression of frustration and resignation, the Pope added: “the...READ MORE

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Father Thomas Byles: God's Faithful Servant on the Titanic (1835)

Father Thomas Byles ministered to those who remained on the infamous ocean liner as she sank on her maiden voyage.

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Father Thomas Byles

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Father Thomas Roussel Byles was among the 2,207 passengers and crew aboard the RMS Titanic when it sank in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912.

Leaving his parish in Ongar, England, the 42-year-old priest boarded the ship on April 10, Easter Wednesday, on his way to officiate at the wedding of his brother William, who had moved to the United States, and wife-to-be, Isabel Katherine Russell, the week after the new ship was to dock in Manhattan. Instead, the English priest became an unsung hero of the disaster, true to his priestly calling.

Today, 103 years after his death, the first steps toward opening a cause toward sainthood for the priest have launched in his native England.


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A Dark, Tense History: Behind Turkey’s Protest of the Holy See (3481)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Pope Francis remembered the martyrdom of the Armenian people during his April 12 Mass at the Vatican.

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Ankara, Turkey, at sunset

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ROME — Pope Francis’ comments on the extermination of Armenian Christians in early 20th-century Turkey prompted a strongly worded criticism from the Turkish Foreign Ministry and led to the withdrawal of Turkey’s ambassador to the Holy See. But what’s the full story?

As the April 24 centenary commemoration of the Armenian genocide approaches, tensions between Turkey and Armenia run high. Despite this, Pope Francis remembered the martyrdom of the Armenian people during his April 12 Mass at the Vatican.

The Turkish government criticized the Pope and an Armenian representative in a Sunday statement, focusing on the use of the word “genocide.”

Most non-Turkish scholars consider the mass...READ MORE

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Relic of St. John Paul II Makes Journey to Cuba (907)

Msgr. Slawomir Oder, postulator for the cause of canonization for John Paul II, entrusted the reliquary to the care of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary during its pilgrimage through several countries.

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Pope John Paul II addresses the United Nations in 1995.

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HAVANA — Seventeen years after the historic visit of St. John Paul II to Cuba, the Polish pope is returning to the country, thanks to a relic brought by the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary, after having journeyed on pilgrimage in various cities in the United States and Guatemala.

As reported on the website of the Cuban Conference of Catholic Bishops, the relic consists of a small vial that contains a few drops of blood of the saint, gathered during his last stay in the hospital, a short while before his death on April 2, 2005, in Rome.

The relic was first venerated April 7-9 at the Basilica of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, located in the city of Santiago de Cuba. It...READ MORE

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Bill de Blasio — an Unlikely Ally of Religion in New York City (3309)

The New York mayor has pledged to facilitate allowing houses of worship to rent space in the city's public schools on the same basis as other outside groups.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio talk with students at St. Francis of Assisi School in the Bronx on March 6, 2014.

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NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a secular progressive who grew up not attending church and is not affiliated with any religion, has shown himself to be an unlikely ally of his city’s diverse religious communities.

In late March, de Blasio announced that he would allow churches to continue using public schools for weekend services — after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review an appellate court’s ruling that upheld the New York City Board of Education’s policy against allowing houses of worship from renting space in city-owned buildings.

The mayor’s communications director, Wiley Norvel, told reporters that the administration is working to change the policy and “remains...READ MORE

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Bishop Cantu to Congress: Don’t Block Nuclear Agreement With Iran (1404)

In an April 13 letter, he said the U.S. bishops’ international peace committee supports the new framework deal intended to prevent Iran’s development of nuclear weapons.

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Nuclear facility located in Arak, Iran

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WASHINGTON — The chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on International Peace and Justice supports the new framework for Iran’s nuclear program and is asking the U.S. Congress not to “undermine” the deal.

“We welcome the most recent step the United States and its international partners have taken with Iran and encourage our nation to continue down this path,” said Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces. N.M.

Bishop Cantu spoke out on the framework outlined in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action reached April 2.

The plan is a product of negotiations between the Islamic Republic of Iran, the European Union and the P5+1 countries — the U.S., United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China....READ MORE

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NJ Catholic School Reinstates Teacher With Plea for ‘Truth and Charity’ (2709)

Longtime educator Patricia Jannuzzi was suspended by the principal of Immaculata High School last month for remarks she made on social media defending Catholic teaching on marriage.

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METUCHEN, N.J. — A New Jersey Catholic school has reinstated a teacher who was the focus of media controversy over her social-media posts critical of homosexual-rights advocacy. The school stressed the need for a positive presentation of the Catholic faith while also regretting “hurtful” media coverage about the teacher.

Immaculata High School in Somerville, N.J., said that all issues related to theology teacher Patricia Jannuzzi’s employment are “resolved.”

Msgr. Seamus Brennan, the school’s director, said he and Principal Jean Kline had decided to reinstate Jannuzzi. He said the school’s position is that a Catholic schoolteacher “must always communicate the faith in a way that is...READ MORE

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