Pope Francis has called for a Holy Year of Mercy – so what does that mean?

Washington D.C., Mar 18, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope's surprise announcement of a holy year for mercy has Catholics weighing in on the significance of the move, which some say can be boiled down to this: Francis wants us to know how much God loves us. The Fathers of Mercy, a priestly order based in Kentucky, said they were thrilled when news of the jubilee broke last week. A self-described “itinerant missionary preaching order of priests,” they conduct parish … [Read more...]

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Ebola cases are dropping, but it’s ‘still too early to rejoice’

Freetown, Sierra Leone, Mar 18, 2015 / 03:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the number of Ebola cases continue to fall in West Africa, survivors of the nightmarish outbreak are expressing cautious optimism, saying they still need much support. “It's still too early to rejoice, even if the number of newly infected has fallen considerably,” Fr. Peter Konteh, Caritas director for the Archdiocese of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, told Aid to the Church in Need earlier this … [Read more...]

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Australian bishop affirms innocence amid charges of concealing abuse

Adelaide, Australia, Mar 18, 2015 / 01:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Australian bishop is strongly denying accusations that he concealed a serious sexual abuse offense allegedly disclosed to him in the 1970s. Last year, Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide was notified by police that he had been accused of ignoring a sexual abuse case in 1976. “The suggestion appears to be that I failed to bring to the attention of police a conversation I am alleged to have had in 1976 ... that a now … [Read more...]

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Three laypersons among saints’ causes advanced by Pope Francis

Vatican City, Mar 18, 2015 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis recognized on Wednesday the heroic virtue of seven persons on the path of canonization, including a young Italian laywoman, as well as a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux. Bl. Louis and Zelie will be canonized this autumn. Francis met March 18 with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato, giving the green … [Read more...]

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A society that doesn’t want children is ‘sad and gray,’ Pope says

Rome, Italy, Mar 18, 2015 / 05:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said Wednesday that children are a joy-filled gift for the Church and the world, and cautioned against an overcast society that lacks life because it has rejected and run out of children. “Children give life, joy and hope. They also give worries and sometimes problems, but this is better than a society that is sad and gray because it has run out of children. Or doesn't want children,” the Pope told pilgrims … [Read more...]

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For Archbishop Chaput, religious liberty means more than you may think

Philadelphia, Pa., Mar 18, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia warned Tuesday that the United States will face increasing pressure to abandon its traditionally broad protections for religious liberty, though he encouraged Christians never to give up hope in God’s love. Religious liberty, he said, “means much more than the freedom to believe whatever you like at home, and pray however you like in your church.” “It means the … [Read more...]

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March Madness? Put aside that fifth bracket and tackle Church teaching, bishop urges

Washington D.C., Mar 18, 2015 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Many challenges to families need addressing today, including perhaps too much attention given to college basketball’s “March Madness,” and not enough to studying Church teaching. So said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, the head of the U.S. bishops conference, at a Mar. 16 discussion at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. “If we took the same studied approach to what the Church is … [Read more...]

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