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Amid insurgency, Iraqi priest is guardian angel of ancient manuscripts

Amid insurgency, Iraqi priest is guardian angel of ancient manuscripts

ROME, Oct. 24, 2014 (CNS) — Just as the so-called Monuments Men salvaged European masterpieces stolen by Nazi forces during World War II, a Dominican priest is protecting priceless manuscripts from falling into the hands of rampaging militants in northern Iraq. Islamic State militants have been sweeping across the northern Iraq region in their bid [...]

Pope calls Christians to be ‘living stones’ of the Church

VATICAN, Oct. 24, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily for Mass at the Santa Marta residence on Oct. 24, Pope Francis reflected on the call of Christians to perpetuate unity in the Church by being “living stones” built upon the “cornerstone of Christ.” This creating of unity in the Church, the Pope said, recounting the [...]

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Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment

VATICAN, Oct. 23, 2014 (CNS) — Pope Francis called for abolition of the death penalty as well as life imprisonment, and denounced what he called a “penal populism” that promises to solve society’s problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice. “It is impossible to imagine that states today cannot make use of another [...]

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How do we praise God? Pray like Saint Paul, Pope Francis says

VATICAN, Oct. 23, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News)– In his homily on Thursday Pope Francis said that no one has the strength to be a Christian without the Holy Spirit, and encouraged attendees to imitate St. Paul in praying to him with praise and adoration. “This is a mystical experience of Paul and it teaches us the prayer [...]

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Ecumenical dialogue in the spotlight as Pope’s Turkey trip approaches

VATICAN, Oct. 22, 2014 (CNA).- The cardinal heading the Church’s council for Christian Unity has expressed his hope that Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Turkey will help strengthen existing Catholic-Orthodox relations. “The ecumenical vision of the patriarch is very helpful for me because we have some tendencies in the dialogue to avoid the theological questions [...]

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Refugees, displaced take center stage at Middle East consistory

VATICAN, Oct. 22, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- At Monday’s consistory on the Middle East, patriarchs gathered to discuss the threats facing local Christians, and focused on the key task of returning displaced families to their homes. “We are suffering … we feel that we are isolated and that we are forgotten,” Louis Raphael I Sako, Chaldean [...]

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Vatican releases details for Pope Francis’ visit to Turkey

VATICAN, Oct. 21, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- In response to an invitation sent by Patriarch Bartolomeo I of Constantinople, Pope Francis will make a three-day trip to Turkey, during which he will visit the cities of Ankara and Istanbul. Announced in September following the reception of an official letter of invitation signed by Turkish President Recep [...]

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VATICAN, Oct. 21, 2014 (CNS) — Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington said the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family came to a “real consensus” after two weeks of animated debate, and that its final report will serve as a solid basis for the world synod on the family in 2015. “What we [...]

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The Passion of Blessed Paul VI – ‘Humanae vitae’

VATICAN, Oct. 21, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Francesco di Felice worked at the Secretariat of State during the pontificate of Bl. Paul VI, and recently recounted the story behind the blessed Pope’s 1968 encyclical which was received with widespread dissent. In drafting Humanae vitae, his encyclical on the regulation of birth, Bl. Paul VI studied the [...]

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Terrorism in Mideast has reached ‘unimaginable proportions,’ pope says

VATICAN, Oct. 20, 2014 (CNS) — The Middle East, especially Iraq and Syria, are experiencing “terrorism of previously unimaginable proportions” in which the perpetrators seem to have absolutely no regard for the value of human life, Pope Francis said. “It seems that the awareness of the value of human life has been lost; it seems [...]

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A Middle East without Christians – cardinals consider sad prospect

VATICAN, Oct. 20, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Monday’s consistory of cardinals focused on the plight of Christians in the Middle East, especially in light of the rise of the Islamic State, and it also decided on two causes for canonization. Cardinals and patriarchs from the Middle East together with top officials of the Vatican Secretariat of [...]

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Pope beatifies Paul VI, ‘great helmsman’ of Vatican II

VATICAN CITY, Oct 19, 2014–Addressing those gathered in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday for the beatification of Paul VI, Pope Francis reminded Christians who live out the Gospel message that they are “God’s newness” both “in the Church and in the world.” In his Oct. 19 homily, the Pope said God is “continually surprising us, [...]

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Church teaching on sexuality is simple, but not easy, priest says

VATICAN, Oct. 19, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- When it comes to human sexuality, one of the predominant themes being discussed by participants at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family pertains to the certainty that truth and mercy cannot be separated. This is according to Fr. Stephen Fawcett of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, who is one of [...]

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  VATICAN, Oct. 19, 2014 (CNS) — Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, said the October 2015 world Synod of Bishops on the family should return to the practice of previous synods in publishing participants’ interventions, for the benefit of their discussions and the information of the outside world. The archbishop, president of the [...]

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Pope Francis’ closing synod speech received with standing ovation

VATICAN, Oct. 18, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ address at the conclusion of the Synod on the Family, delivered Saturday, was responded to with a four-minute standing ovation on the part of the bishops attending the Vatican meeting. In the Oct. 18 speech, the Pope thanked the bishops for their efforts, and noted the various [...]

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Synod’s final report shows nuance on homosexuality, remarriage

VATICAN, Oct. 18, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- The synod’s final report, released Saturday, presents substantial changes with respect to the much discussed midterm report, especially regarding homosexual persons and the divorced and remarried. The final report was voted on, paragraph by paragraph, by the synod fathers; and, by Pope Francis’ choice, the result of each poll [...]

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