A stationary Christian has a sickness of identity, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Feb 14, 2014 / 11:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis addressed the identity of a Christian, saying that the faithful must “go out” and “walk” as disciples that are astute and who announce the Gospel with joy. “You cannot think of a stationary Christian: a Christian that remains stationary is sick, in their Christian identity, has some illness in his identity. The Christian is a disciple to walk, to move,” the Pope … [Read more...]

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Pope urges engaged couples to build marriage on ‘rock of love’

Vatican City, Feb 14, 2014 / 08:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a special encounter with engaged couples, Pope Francis emphasized that to love someone forever is possible if we are humble, and that marriage should be a celebration filled with joy. “We build a house together, not alone!” the pontiff observed in his Feb. 14 address, “You would not wish to build it on the shifting sands of emotions, but on the rock of true love, the love that comes from God.” Over … [Read more...]

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Belgium becomes first country to legalize child euthanasia

Vatican City, Feb 14, 2014 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a law passed in Belgium’s parliament yesterday, the country has become the first to legalize the euthanasia of minors, drawing widespread opposition from its citizens, and from Church leaders. “The law says adolescents cannot make important decisions on economic or emotional issues, but suddenly they've become able to decide that someone should make them die,” Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard … [Read more...]

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Archbishop warns of genocide in Central African Republic

Bangui, Central African Republic, Feb 14, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Central African bishop has reported signs of genocide in the growing conflict there, urging an effective security response and warning against the “evil” desire to kill and destroy. “If there is no one to hold back the hand of the devil here, he will achieve his goal. Many people will be hunted down and killed,” Archbishop Dieudonnè Nzapalainga of Bangui told Aid to the Church in Need … [Read more...]

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Cardinal-elect Poli, Buenos Aires’ successor to Bergoglio

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Feb 14, 2014 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A “low profile” bishop, with few political contacts: this is how the Argentine press describes Archbishop Mario Poli of Buenos Aires, who will receive the red hat of a cardinal Feb. 22. Pope Francis wasted no time in appointing Archbishop Poli as his successor in Buenos Aires. Fifteen days after his election as Bishop of Rome vacated his old see, Pope Francis provided for his former diocese by appointing one of its … [Read more...]

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National Marriage Week recognizes foundations of society

Washington D.C., Feb 13, 2014 / 05:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics across the U.S. are joining in a celebration of National Marriage Week to promote the sacrament and vocation upon which society is built. “National Marriage Week provides an opportunity for the Church, and for the entire nation, to affirm and support married couples and to promote the vocation and sacrament of marriage,” said Bethany J. Meola, assistant director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' … [Read more...]

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‘Gimme Shelter’ movie could inspire pro-woman advocacy

New York City, N.Y., Feb 13, 2014 / 03:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 'Pro-life advocates say the portrayal of pregnancy care centers in the film “Gimme Shelter” should inspire concrete action to support pregnant women in crisis pregnancies, and their children. “I think more than anything, the film gives the viewers pause to look at their own lives and see how they can make a difference,” Molly O'Connor, communications director at the New York-based Chiaroscuro … [Read more...]

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