Vatican finance group signs agreement with German counterpart

Vatican City, Dec 4, 2013 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's financial watchdog, the Financial Information Authority, has signed a memorandum of understanding with its German counterpart, the Federal Criminal Police Office. René Bruelhart, director of the Financial Information Authority, stressed in a Dec. 4 press release that “this memorandum strengthens the FIA's international reach and further integrates the Holy See and the Vatican City State with a … [Read more...]

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Pope: ‘seed of eternity’ has been planted in our hearts

Vatican City, Dec 4, 2013 / 05:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience, Pope Francis reflected on the resurrection of the body, explaining that we are “imprinted” with eternal life, which we are able to experience even now through the sacraments.“Through Baptism, we are inserted into his death and resurrection and begin to experience new life,” the Pope stated in his Dec. 4 general audience, highlighting how “the seed of eternity is planted within … [Read more...]

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Protecting religious liberty serves the poor, archbishop says

New Albany, Ind., Dec 4, 2013 / 04:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious freedom is an important component in aiding those in need, and imposing upon religious liberty harms groups that work for social justice, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore. “As we seek to meet the immediate needs of the poor and vulnerable and as we engage in efforts to promote authentic human development, we do no one a favor by compromising religious freedom,” Archbishop Lori said during a Nov. 29 … [Read more...]

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English bishops aim to harvest fruits from Year of Faith

London, England, Dec 4, 2013 / 02:22 am (CNA).- Two Catholic bishops in England – Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury and Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth – have written to their flocks announcing plans to continue deepening the experience of the recently concluded Year of Faith. “The celebration of this Year of Faith has surely invited us all to raise our own voices calmly and clearly in a renewed profession of our faith,” Bishop Davies wrote in a pastoral letter marking … [Read more...]

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Catholic refugees in Balkans deserve justice, bishop says

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dec 4, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A bishop in Bosnia-Herzegovina says that Catholic refugees from the Yugoslav wars conducted in the 1990s continue to suffer and face barriers to their return home. “Croatian Catholics must finally be put on an equal footing with the other two ethnic groups,” Bishop Franjo Komarica of Banja Luka told the charity Aid to the Church in Need Nov. 29. “They must be allowed to return from abroad and … [Read more...]

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Lawsuit against US bishops wrong on abortion, doctor says

Lansing, Mich., Dec 3, 2013 / 05:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A lawsuit charging that the U.S. bishops’ ethical standards for hospitals caused negligent care of a pregnant woman wrongly claims that abortion was medically necessary, a doctor and professor of medicine has said. “Abortion is never necessary to save the life of the mother,” said Dr. Brian C. Calhoun, a professor and vice-chair in the obstetrics and gynecology department at West Virginia … [Read more...]

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Ukrainian Church an example of ‘synodality’ for Pope

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2013 / 02:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Ukrainian Church revealed that in a recent private meeting with Pope Francis, the pontiff praised the structure of Eastern Churches for their emphasis on collaboration among bishops.Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said his discussion with Pope Francis mainly focused on “the synodality of our Church,” as the Pope is looking for ways to “foster the collegiality in the Catholic … [Read more...]

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