Jesus not found outside the Church, Pope preaches

Vatican City, Apr 23, 2013 / 07:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said that people cannot be fully united to Jesus outside of the Church during a Mass to commemorate Saint George, the saint he is named after. “You cannot find Jesus outside the Church,” he said April 23 in the Apostolic Palace’s Pauline Chapel. “It is the Mother Church who gives us Jesus, who gives us the identity that is not only a seal, it is a belonging,” he declared in his homily. The … [Read more...]

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Pope responds to bishops’ kidnapping with ‘intense prayer’

Vatican City, Apr 23, 2013 / 05:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is responding to the kidnapping of two Orthodox bishops in Syria with “intense prayer” for their health and release. The Pope “was informed of this serious new act, which adds to the growing violence in recent days and a humanitarian emergency of vast proportions,” Vatican press office director Father Federico Lombardi said in an April 23 statement. He is following the events “closely and … [Read more...]

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Newly translated book shows Pope, rabbi in dialogue

Colorado Springs, Colo., Apr 23, 2013 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The first book by Pope Francis to be translated into English was co-authored by an Argentine rabbi and illustrates the Pope's commitment to inter-religious dialogue, according to the book’s translator. “It shows his understanding that inter-religious dialogue is based on two cornerstones: a very strong sense of each person’s religious identity and genuine personal respect and charity,” said … [Read more...]

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Florist faces second lawsuit over gay wedding refusal

Seattle, Wash., Apr 23, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A florist in Washington is being sued for a second time after choosing not to provide flower arrangements for a gay customer's upcoming wedding.   Barronelle Stutzman of Arlene's Flowers in Richland now faces two lawsuits, one from the Washington state Attorney General and another from the American Civil Liberties Union, for turning away business for a same-sex couple’s wedding. When frequent customer Curt Freed … [Read more...]

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Bishops cautiously hopeful on immigration plan

Washington D.C., Apr 22, 2013 / 05:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Prominent U.S. bishops have expressed support for the immigration reform bill recently introduced in the Senate, although they noted that it still has room for improvement.“We bishops are grateful for the brave senators who have introduced this bipartisan legislation,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York during a conference call April 22.“We admire their leadership and courage in moving the issue forward, … [Read more...]

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Peruvian lawmaker praised for rejecting contraception plan

Lima, Peru, Apr 22, 2013 / 04:07 pm (CNA).- The president of Peru’s congressional Committee on Women and the Family has reaffirmed her commitment to resisting pressure from abortion and contraception advocacy groups.During a committee hearing on April 17, Aurelia Tan de Inafuko promised to continue efforts to respect life in the country, while rejecting calls to distribute contraception to minors without parental notification. Carlos Polo, director of the Population Research … [Read more...]

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Franciscan University names Fr. Sean Sheridan as president

Steubenville, Ohio, Apr 22, 2013 / 01:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio has named as its next president theology professor and canon lawyer Father Sean O. Sheridan. “I am honored to serve as the next president of Franciscan University,” Fr. Sheridan said April 19. “It is inspiring and truly humbling for me to be here at Franciscan University with the students who are pouring their hearts into their education and their prayer life, … [Read more...]

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