Pontifical Council discusses future of marriage, family

Rome, Italy, Sep 20, 2013 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- This week the Pontifical Council for the Family is holding a conference to discuss how to recover the true meaning of the family in the context of a growing process of deconstructionism and confusion. “The family is still regarded almost universally as a good,” said Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, Sept. 19, while adding that in secular society “there are still … [Read more...]

Interviewer: Pope’s adherence to Church abortion teaching is clear

Vatican City, Sep 20, 2013 / 01:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is “absolutely clear” about Catholic teaching on abortion, but his first focus is to bring God’s salvation to everyone, “most of all sinners,” says the Jesuit priest whose lengthy papal interview was published yesterday. “The message of the Church is a message of mercy,” said Father Antonio Spadaro, S.J., who is editor in chief of the Jesuit-run Italian newspaper La Civiltà … [Read more...]

Bishop Kettler transferred to Saint Cloud diocese

St. Cloud, Minn., Sep 20, 2013 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis today accepted the resignation of Bishop John Kinney, 76, of the Diocese of Saint Cloud, and appointed as his replacement Bishop Donald Kettler, who until today had led the Fairbanks diocese. “I am very pleased to be here, to be your bishop, and I hope I can do that task well … it's going to just really be a blessing for me to be here,” Bishop Kettler said Sept. 20 at a press conference introducing … [Read more...]

Vatican’s new Catechism app aims to spread faith worldwide

Vatican City, Sep 20, 2013 / 07:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A pontifical council is preparing to launch a new app on the Catechism of the Catholic Church in order to help promote and better expand Church teaching throughout the world. “Catechesis is important for the church first of all because it is the attempt we had from the beginning of our faith to put together the knowledge, the content of our faith, and the coherent witness that we should have,” said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, … [Read more...]

Faith shines light on truth and reason, archbishop says

Washington D.C., Sep 20, 2013 / 04:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a recent talk on Pope Francis' encyclical “Lumen Fidei,” Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore emphasized that faith is not opposed to reason, but rather is necessary for understanding truth.“This encyclical letter…is a great gift – not only to the Church, but to all people of good will, to everybody seeking the truth,” Archbishop Lori said Sept. 17 at Washington D.C.'s Basilica of the … [Read more...]

Letters, prayer vigils to mark one year in jail for pastor in Iran

Washington D.C., Sep 20, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Supporters of human rights and religious freedom around the globe are joining in prayer and a letter-writing campaign on the one-year anniversary of Iranian imprisonment for Christian pastor Saeed Abedini. “My wife and children as well as over a billion Christians in the world seek God's justice and then your consideration of this matter,” Abedini – who is a U.S. citizen – wrote in a Sept. 15 letter to … [Read more...]

Scholars say love for the poor illuminates Pope’s first six months

Washington D.C., Sep 20, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first six months as Roman Pontiff, Pope Francis has shown his distinct style through a “prophetic” concern for the poor and a continuing outreach to those on the margins of society, say Catholic observers. Kurt Martens, an associate professor of canon law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., told CNA that Pope Francis, through his actions, has “gained a lot of credit in secular society, … [Read more...]


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