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Bishops conferences are not the Magisterium, Vatican doctrine chief reminds Cardinal Marx

Bishops conferences are not the Magisterium, Vatican doctrine chief reminds Cardinal Marx

VATICAN, March 26, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has told a French paper that doctrinal, or even disciplinary, decisions regarding marriage and family are not up for determination by national bishops’ conferences. “It is an absolutely anti-Catholic idea that does not respect the Catholicity [...]

VATICAN, March 26, 2015 (CNS) — The Catholic Church supports the efforts of scientists to study the causes and effects of climate change and insists governments and businesses must get serious about specific commitments for protecting the environment. But Pope Francis, like his predecessors, does not pretend to have a technical solution to the problem. [...]

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VATICAN, March 26, 2015 (CNS) — God’s law is about love for God and for others, not cold, abstract doctrine, Pope Francis said at a morning Mass. “It’s sad to be a believer without joy and there is no joy when there is no faith, when there is no hope, when there is no law, [...]

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Pope Francis on the family synod: ‘We need prayers, not gossip’

VATICAN, March 25, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- During his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke about the gift and call of the Christian family, and urged attendees to pray for the intentions of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family. “The Church needs a prayer full of love for the family and for life,” the [...]

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VATICAN, March 25, 2015 (CNS) — Despite rising tensions in Yemen and continued fighting between government and rebel forces, Catholic officials said the six Salesian priests and the 20 Missionaries of Charity assigned to the country have remained. “Our priests are safe” and the sisters continue to work in four cities, “including the hot spot” [...]

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Vatican invites 150 homeless for dinner, private tour of Sistine Chapel

VATICAN, March 24, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- In addition to food, umbrellas, sleeping bags, showers and haircuts, the Vatican is now offering Rome’s homeless the gift of beauty. On Thursday afternoon, 150 homeless persons will receive a special ticket for the Vatican Museums given by the office for papal charities. They will then be divided into [...]

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VATICAN, March 24, 2015 (CNS) — The number of Catholics in the world and the number of priests and permanent deacons rose slightly in 2013, while the number of men and women in religious orders declined, according to Vatican statistics. For the second year in a row, the number of candidates for the priesthood also [...]

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VATICAN, March 24, 2015 (CNS) — Don’t be “halfway Christians,” who accept Christ, but then start looking for excuses and stammering, “yes, but …” when it is time to follow his way, Pope Francis said at a morning Mass. It’s a case of “spiritual caprice” when Christians get grumpy and complain about the path being [...]

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20 years of Evangelium Vitae: Vatican announces prayer vigil, rosary for life

VATICAN, March 23, 2015 (CNA).- An international prayer vigil prepared by the Vatican will recognize the 20th anniversary of Evangelium Vitae, the encyclical of Saint John Paul II dedicated to the value and inviolable nature of human life. The vigil, organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family, will be held in dioceses throughout the [...]

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VATICAN, March 23, 2015 (CNS) — Hope is the first act of resistance to evil, Pope Francis told the people of Naples as he pleaded for respect for the dignity of immigrants, jobs for the unemployed and the conversion of the city’s notorious mafia families. “The Gospel teaches that the truly blessed are the poor [...]

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VATICAN, March 23, 2015 (CNS) — At the end of Pope Francis’ spontaneity-filled meeting with priests, seminarians and religious in the cathedral of Naples, the vial of dried blood of the city’s patron saint appeared to miraculously liquefy. After Pope Francis blessed the congregation with the reliquary holding the vial, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe of Naples [...]

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Got plans for Holy Week? Pope Francis does

VATICAN, March 22, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ full slate of events for Holy Week includes plans for a traditional Stations of the Cross, Easter Masses and a universal blessing given on Easter Day. The Vatican’s office for liturgical celebrations, headed by Archbishop Guido Marini, issued on March 20 the complete schedule of papal events [...]

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Pope invites Rome’s homeless to distribute Gospels at Sunday angelus

VATICAN, March 22, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Sunday invited members of Rome’s homeless community to join volunteers in handing out copies of the Gospel to pilgrims in Saint Peter’s Square, a reminder of how God’s Word is found among the poorest of society. “Even in this we see a very beautiful gesture, which [...]

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Saint’s relic with miraculous tendencies does it again for Pope Francis

ROME, Italy, Mar 21, 2015–While Pope Francis was giving some advice to the religious, priests and seminarians of Naples on Saturday, a miracle occurred: a vial of dried blood from a fourth century saint liquefied. This stunning but locally known and accepted phenomenon is said to happen three times a year: May 1, Sept. 19, [...]

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ROME, Italy, Mar 21, 2015–Pope Francis told the people of Naples – a city ravaged by crime and mafia violence – that change is possible, and encouraged those involved in organized crime to convert and work toward a better future. “It’s time for Naples surrender: this is my wish and my prayer for a city [...]

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ROME, Italy, Mar 21, 2015–During his one-day trip to Naples, Pope Francis made a stop at the local prison where he reminded inmates that God is rich in mercy and that nothing – even incarceration – can keep them from his love. After spending the morning on March 21 celebrating Mass and issuing tough words [...]

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