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Pope says Mass of thanksgiving for India’s newest saints

Pope says Mass of thanksgiving for India’s newest saints

VATICAN, Nov. 24, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- God’s love is the “source” and “destination” of all holiness, said Pope Francis on Nov. 24, speaking of India’s newly declared saints during a Mass of thanksgiving in the Vatican. The Mass was celebrated in Saint Peter’s Basilica, and attended by pilgrims from India who have come to Rome [...]

VATICAN, Nov. 24, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Robert Sarah has been appointed as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments — a decision that sets a decisive tone for Curial reform. The cardinal’s first steps have been announced to the heads of the Vatican’s dicasteries during their meeting with [...]

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Pope: break down the stigma burdening those with autism

VATICAN, Nov. 22, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has said autistic disorders are nothing to be ashamed of, as he encouraged everyone to build solidarity to ensure that autistic persons are not isolated. “Everyone should be committed to promoting acceptance, encounter and solidarity through concrete support and by encouraging renewed hope,” he told participants in [...]

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

VATICAN, Nov. 21, 2014 (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 people of God can forgive their priests, when they are weak; when [...]

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VATICAN, Nov. 21, 2014 (CNS) — Pope Francis named the leaders of the October 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family, adding Cardinal Wilfrid F. Napier of Durban, South Africa, to a roster otherwise unchanged from that of the October 2014 extraordinary synod on the same subject. The move means that Africa will be represented [...]

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Italy’s return of millions to ‘Vatican bank’ indicates financial reform

VATICAN, Nov. 21, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- The recent return to the “Vatican bank” of some $28.8 million, seized because of alleged money laundering, closes a story that opened almost five years ago and accompanied the reform of Vatican finances. In 2010, the Public Prosecutor of Rome made a preventive seizure of 23 million Euros transferred [...]

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Turkey’s 53,000 Catholics happily awaiting Pope Francis

VATICAN, Nov. 20, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Turkey’s small community of 53,000 Catholics – amid a population of 76 million – is anticipating Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the country with joyful hearts, says Istanbul’s apostolic vicariate. The vicariate voiced gratitude for the Pope’s visit, which will coincide with the feast of the Apostle Andrew, the [...]

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Beyond religious differences: Interfaith leaders unite on marriage

VATICAN, Nov. 19, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Leaders from various faith traditions around the globe are backing the union of a man and woman as an inherently complimentary human reality that transcends even the difference of religion. “It’s very interesting that we have people from all kinds of religious traditions – even some that I have [...]

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VATICAN, Nov. 19, 2014 (CNS) — Pope Francis condemned the “unacceptable episodes of violence” in Jerusalem, episodes that “do not spare even places of worship,” after an attack in a synagogue left four worshippers, a policeman and the two attackers dead. At the end of his general audience Nov. 19, the day after the attack [...]

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Thinking of yourself won’t make you holy, but serving others will, Pope says

VATICAN, Nov. 19, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience address, Pope Francis said that holiness can never be selfish, but is a gift that must be put into practice through daily witness and attentiveness to the needs of others. “Growing in holiness thus means becoming better persons, free of selfishness and self-absorption, and [...]

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Roman Rota official clarifies, annulment process is no business

VATICAN, Nov. 18, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Following a media frenzy around Pope Francis’ request that the annulment process not be treated like a business, an official of the Apostolic See’s court of higher instance has explained that annulment procedures are already free in most cases. He also blamed the media for providing a biased examination [...]

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It’s official! Pope Francis announces 2015 visit to US

VATICAN, Nov. 17, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Updated November 17, 2014 at 6:25a.m. MST. Adds comments from Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ at paragraphs 9-10. Pope Francis on Monday officially announced that he will visit the U.S. in September 2015, including a visit to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. “I wish to confirm, if [...]

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Pope Francis: Children have right to a mother and father

VATICAN, Nov. 17, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Children have the right to be raised by a mother and a father, Pope Francis said, emphasizing that “the family is the foundation of co-existence and a remedy against social fragmentation.” The Pope made these remarks on Nov. 17 at the opening of the three-day international, interfaith colloquium entitled [...]

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Dialogue with immigrants overcomes tensions, Pope says

VATICAN, Nov. 16, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis made an appeal for peace and dialogue with members of immigrant communities in his remarks after the weekly recitation of the Angelus in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday. The Pope cited recent tensions in Rome between residents and immigrants, which echoed tensions in other European cities. He [...]

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Pope Francis blasts abortion, euthanasia as ‘sins against God’

VATICAN, Nov. 15, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has told a group of Catholic doctors that “playing with life” in ways like abortion and euthanasia is sinful, and he stressed that each human life, no matter the condition, is sacred. “We’re are living in a time of experimentation with life. But a bad experiment… (we’re) [...]

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A new love language: Post synod conference seeks ways to communicate truth of marriage

VATICAN, Nov. 15, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the dramatic and media-hyped Extraordinary Synod last month, the Vatican is hosting a colloquium seeking to find “new and creative language to speak to people where they are.” This is according to Helen Alvaré, professor of law at George Mason University, and communications liaison for the Humanum Colloquium, which will run [...]

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