Last Updated: Dec 27, 2014

Catholic refugee relief opens hearts in Syria

Beirut, Lebanon, Dec 26, 2014 / 08:02 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Catholic participation in refugee and humanitarian relief in the Syrian civil war is strengthening a foundation for future peace despite the great difficulties of the region, says an official of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum.

Thai bishops declare Holy Year of prayer for a New Pentecost

Bangkok, Thailand, Dec 27, 2014 / 12:31 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The Thai Catholic bishops have declared a “Holy Year” aimed at restoring the fervor of a New Evangelization and commemorating the 350th anniversary of the first Synod of Ayutthaya in Thailand.

Members of Congress: Abortion funding breaks health care law promise

Washington D.C., Dec 26, 2014 / 06:06 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- More than 75 members of Congress have written the Obama administration emphasizing that abortion coverage must be billed separately under the health care law, as it was promised.

Saint's martyrdom strips Christmas of false 'saccharine-sweetness'

Vatican City, Dec 26, 2014 / 12:21 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis marked the feast day of Saint Stephen on Dec. 26, noting that the martyrdom of the early Church saint helps prevent the Christmas season from being reduced to a trivial celebration.