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Synod document asks how can we improve pastoral care to families

Synod document asks how can we improve pastoral care to families

VATICAN, Dec. 10, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- The Synod of Bishops announced Tuesday it had released its prepatory document for the 2015 Synod on the Family, asking that bishops avoid formulating pastoral care merely in terms based on doctrine. The Dec. 9 document, known as a “lineamenta”, is composed of the concluding report from the 2014 [...]

Cyberslums where online abusers prowl need pastoral care, say speakers

VATICAN,  Dec. 8, 2014 (CNS) — A new kind of ghetto needs the church’s presence and people’s solidarity: the “digital slum” where cyberbullying and online pornography and abuse run rampant, said speakers at a Vatican news conference. Online harassment and abuse are “a new form of violence” against many young people and children, said Cardinal [...]

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The request of a retired pope – simply call me ‘Father Benedict’

VATICAN, Dec. 9, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Rather than being called by his papal name “Benedict XVI,” the retired pontiff revealed that since his retirement he has wanted to return to his original priestly title and be called simply “Father Benedict.” Father Benedict made his comments in a private conversation with journalist Jorg Bremer, who published bits [...]

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Pope calls for more ‘integration’ of divorced Catholics, gays

VATICAN, Dec. 8, 2014 (CNS) — Pope Francis said that the Catholic Church must consider various ways to integrate the divorced and civilly remarried in the life of the church — not merely allowing them to receive Communion, but letting them serve as eucharistic ministers and godparents — and to make it easier for Catholic [...]

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VATICAN, Dec. 8, 2014 (CNS) — Pope Francis recognized the miracles needed for the canonization of two Palestinian nuns and of a French woman who founded a religious order. The three religious women who now have the miracles they need to be declared saints: – Blessed Jeanne Emilie De Villeneuve, founder of the Congregation of [...]

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Amid investigation, accounts of former Vatican Bank directors frozen

VATICAN, Dec. 8, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- More than $19.6 million in the accounts of two former managers of the Institute for Religious Works, commonly known as the Vatican Bank or IOR, have been frozen by a Vatican prosecutor in the course of an investigation, it was announced Sunday. At a Dec. 6 press conference, Holy [...]

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‘I’m not worried’ about resistance, Pope Francis says in new interview

VATICAN, Dec. 7, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- In an interview with the Argentine daily “La Nacion” published Sunday, Pope Francis spoke on a variety of topics, giving specific attention to the ongoing reform of the Roman Curia, and some of the resistance he’s facing. “I am not worried. It all seems normal to me; if there [...]

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VATICAN, Dec. 7, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- A Mass was said on Wednesday at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls to mark 100 years of restored diplomatic relations between Britain and the Holy See, a relationship first broken amid the English Reformation. The UK’s ambassador to the Holy See, Nigel Baker, was present at [...]

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Pope Francis decries persecution of Iraqi Christians in video message

VATICAN, Dec. 6, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- In a video message delivered to the displaced Iraqi Christians on Saturday, Pope Francis decried the suffering experienced by those persecuted for their faith, while expressing his gratitude for their witness. “I thank you for the witness you give,” he said Dec. 6. “There is great suffering in your [...]

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ROME, Dec. 5, 2014 (CNS) — Catholic, Anglican, Sunni and Shiite leaders vowed to do all they can to combat “ugly and hideous” distortions of religion, and to involve more women — often the first victims of violence — in official interreligious dialogues. Holding the third Christian-Muslim Summit in Rome Dec. 2-4, the leaders said [...]

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Vatican finance czar finds robust resources as transparency measures advance

VATICAN, Dec. 5, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent article for the Catholic Herald, Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, shed light on the progress made in the reform of Vatican finances, which he is spearheading. Cardinal Pell wrote in the Dec. 4 article that “three basic principles lay at the heart” of [...]

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Coming soon: the Vatican’s report on US women religious

VATICAN, Dec. 4, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has confirmed it will release its report on the state of women religious in the United States later this month, following up on the apostolic visitation that concluded in January 2012. “It’s true, it’s true…It’s the congregation that asked us to put this conference in the calendar.” [...]

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Author, cardinals spar over reports of conclave campaigning

VATICAN, Dec. 4, 2014 (CNA).- The 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis is news again now that four cardinals have denied a new book’s claim that they campaigned for Pope Francis to be elected – though the book’s author has clarified the Pope himself was not a part of their supposed campaign. The London-based [...]

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Vatican conference to show Haiti ‘not forgotten’ after quake

VATICAN, Dec. 4, 2014 (CNS) — Nearly five years after a massive earthquake struck Haiti, the small Caribbean country and its people still are only limping along. In an effort to reactivate interest and commitment to reconstruction efforts there, the Vatican is organizing a one-day international conference in Rome Jan. 10. The magnitude 7 earthquake [...]

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Ignoring God, not glorifying him, leads to violence, pope says

VATICAN, Dec. 3, 2014 (CNS) — It is the complete disregard for God, not his glorification, that leads to violence in this world, Pope Francis said. That is why people of faith, particularly Christians and Muslims, must work together for peace, and governments must guarantee full religious freedom for their citizens and religious communities, he [...]

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Investigation of former Dominican Republic nuncio moves forward

VATICAN, Dec. 3, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s press officer provided an update on the trial of laicized former nuncio Jozef Wesolowski, saying that the case is moving forward, and the first stages of investigation and questioning have begun. “Regarding the situation of Mons. Wesolowski, I can say that the Judiciary of the State of [...]

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