No secret to sanctity: JPII exhibit teaches universal call to holiness

Washington D.C., Oct 10, 2014 / 12:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A state-of-the-art exhibit at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine will show that the late Pope’s example of holiness is for every person, not a privileged few, the shrine’s executive director said. “People can realize that they are like John Paul II in this sense. He responded to the Holy Spirit every day of his life and made his life a gift. And we are called to do the same, to make our life a gift to God and to … [Read more...]

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Be on your guard – the devil never rests, Pope Francis warns

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2014 / 06:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Friday Pope Francis encouraged faithful to guard their hearts by doing a daily examination of conscience, saying that we if we don't, we risk letting the devil in rather than the Lord. “Guard the heart, as a house is guarded, with a key. And then watch the heart, like a sentinel: How often do wicked thoughts, wicked intentions, jealousy, envy enter in?” the Pope asked his Oct. 10 Mass attendees. The … [Read more...]

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Cardinal shines light on migration, marriage prep in family synod

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2014 / 04:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The effects of migration and poverty upon families, the pastoral care of children, the Eucharist in connection to our understanding of marriage: these are a few of the themes which Cardinal Vincent Nichols, archbishop of Westminster, hopes to see raised during the Synod on the Family currently underway in the Vatican. Speaking with CNA just ahead of the opening of the synod, the cardinal – who is president of the bishops’ … [Read more...]

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Supreme indecision on marriage redefinition

Washington D.C., Oct 10, 2014 / 01:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following Justice Anthony Kennedy’s stay on a “gay marriage” court decision in Idaho, marriage advocates are imploring the Supreme Court to reject the judicial redefinition of marriage. “Justice Kennedy’s order further demonstrates that the Supreme Court’s decision not to take up the marriage cases earlier this week is far from the final answer on this important issue,” said Kellie Fiedorek of … [Read more...]

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Papuan bishops launch gameplan to transform society

Goroka, Papua New Guinea, Oct 10, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA).- At a recent Mass, the bishops of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands revealed a roadmap for pastoral planning to guide the the transformation of their societies. “The new evangelization is at the core of the pastoral plan, along with the pastoral care of the family, the poor, the youth, street kids, as well as the media and a wide range of social concerns,” Fr. Giorgio Licini, head of social communications for the … [Read more...]

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‘Justice and mercy cannot be separated’: Three synod proposals emerge

Vatican City, Oct 9, 2014 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As three proposals emerged from the synod of bishops to reform the process of marriage annulment, a participant in the synod has stressed that a narrative putting justice on one side, and mercy on the other, “is not a good way to speak about the issue.” “This line of justice, and line of mercy is not a good way to speak about this issue. Those who speak strongly on not granting access to Communion for the divorced and … [Read more...]

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‘Our Church is in danger’: Catholics in Aleppo, Homs

Aleppo, Syria, Oct 9, 2014 / 03:26 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- Sister Maria of Nazareth has committed herself to an extraordinary mission. The Argentine nun from the Institute of the Incarnate Word has been living in Aleppo, Syria, for the past two months.She has been ministering to a traumatized Christian community in the former million-strong metropolis in the north of the country, which has suffered some of the worst violence of the three year-old civil war. Previously based in the … [Read more...]

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