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

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, [...]

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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Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open

VATICAN, Oct. 18, 2014 (CNS) — After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on a final document more clearly grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried [...]

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Synod of Bishops sends message of encouragement to traditional families

VATICAN, Oct. 18, 2014 (CNS) — On its last day of business, the Synod of Bishops on the family approved and released a three-page message expressing solidarity with Christian families around the world. The message, released Oct. 18, is distinct from the synod’s final report, which the assembly was scheduled to vote on later the [...]

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Pope Paul VI : of miracle and relics

ROME, October 18, 2014–Pope Paul VI is to be beatified on Sunday October 19 by Pope Francis, thirty-six years after his death. In May this year Pope Francis had signed a decree to confirm that a miracle attributed to the intercession of this twentieth century pope had been recognised and that this beatification would take [...]

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Pope Francis’ closing synod speech received with standing ovation

VATICAN CITY, Oct 18, 2014–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 temptations that [...]

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Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open

VATICAN CITY, October 18, 2014–After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on a final document more clearly grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and the [...]

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Vindicated: Why a maligned Pope will be beatified

VATICAN, Oct. 17, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- He had the unenviable task of being Pope during a most “tumultuous” era for the Church, but  Paul VI stood “deeply rooted in Christ” through it all, a theology professor has said. “Pope Paul VI suffered greatly from the growing apostasy of the world from Christian values and from [...]

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Paul VI was pope of firsts, a pope of dialogue, cardinal says

VATICAN, Oct. 17, 2014 (CNS) — Retired Italian Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, who comes from the same diocese as Pope Paul VI did and worked for him in the Vatican Secretariat of State, described the late pope as a man rich in spirituality, a thinker and a pastor “very sensitive to the challenges of the [...]

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Latvia turns heads in synod with strong witness of marriage

VATICAN, Oct. 17, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- In synod discussions last week, the Baltic nation of Latvia caught the attention many synod fathers, who were keen to hear why the number of divorces among their Catholic population is so low. “In Latvia, it is a pity, but we have the highest number of divorces: 86 percent [...]

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VATICAN, Oct. 16, 2014 (CNS) — Cardinal George Pell said working-group reports from the Synod of Bishops on the family finally give a true picture of the assembly’s views, counteracting what he characterized as a misleading midterm report. “We wanted the Catholic people around the world to know actually what was going on in talking [...]

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African cardinal: Pressure groups behind push to change Church teaching

VATICAN, Oct. 16, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Innacurate media reports about Church teaching on homosexuality published after the synod’s midterm relatio are an attempt to pressure the Church to change its perennial teaching, a cardinal who is also a synod father has affirmed. Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, emphasized to CNA [...]

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Cardinal Kasper denies statement against African bishops, journalist insists

VATICAN, Oct. 16, 2014 (CNA).- The president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Walter Kasper, denied on Thursday afternoon that he made any statements against African bishops, but audio to that effect was soon produced. On Wednesday, Zenit had run an article by Edward Pentin which included an interview with the [...]

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