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Turkey’s 53,000 Catholics happily awaiting Pope Francis

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 [...]

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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What is the Pope up to in Sri Lanka and the Philippines? Take a look

VATICAN, Nov. 14, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Today the Vatican published the official itinerary for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, during which he is slated to spend roughly two days each in Colombo, Manila and Tacloban. Officially announced by the Vatican in July, the trip had been unofficially revealed by the [...]

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Vatican public restrooms to include showers for the homeless

VATICAN, Nov. 14, 2014 (CNS) — The archbishop who distributes charity on behalf of Pope Francis has announced that the public restrooms in St. Peter’s Square will include showers where the homeless can wash. The service will require volunteers and donations of soap, towels and clean underwear, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, told Catholic News [...]

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Catholics, Muslims together condemn terrorist acts in name of religion

VATICAN, Nov. 13, 2014 (CNA).- In a joint statement delivered Thursday, the Catholic-Muslim Forum condemned acts of terrorism, oppression, and violence, affirming it is never acceptable to use religion to justify such acts. The Catholic-Muslim Forum was held Nov. 11-13 in Rome. It was established in 2008 for dialogue between the religions, and it meets [...]

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Pope Francis – Do you have what it takes to be a good priest?

VATICAN, Nov. 12, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke on the qualities needed to be a true minister of God, saying that those who are ordained should never be “authoritative,” but rather humble and merciful. “It is only by acknowledging that their ministry is an unmerited gift of God’s mercy [...]

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Pope calls for global defense of Christians facing persecution

VATICAN, Nov. 12, 2014 (CNS) — Pope Francis condemned the “absurd violence” being used against Christians in several countries and called on people of good will everywhere to take up the cause of religious freedom. At the end of his general audience Nov. 12, Pope Francis asked the estimated 15,000 people in St. Peter’s Square [...]

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With new team, Vatican ups efforts to fight clerical sex abuse

VATICAN, Nov. 11, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis established on Tuesday a new judicial body within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith with responsibility for dealing with clerical sex abuse, thus confirming the Holy See’s continuing response to the crisis. The new body, which is known as a college and which goes into [...]

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