Cardinal Müller: Can’t receive Communion? You can still participate in Church’s life

Cologne, Germany, Mar 3, 2016 / 04:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A focus on the reception of Holy Communion by the divorced-and-remarried misses the larger point of pastoral care: participation in the Church's whole life, Cardinal Gerhard Müller said in an interview on Tuesday.“The Pope always says that it is not about Holy Communion alone, but about integration within the life of the Church,” Cardinal Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told … [Read more...]

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Satanist ploy fails in Phoenix as city council reinstates prayer

Phoenix, Ariz., Mar 3, 2016 / 03:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After a heated debate last month, the decision to replace public prayer with a moment of silence at Phoenix City Council meetings has been reversed.Yesterday, the city council voted 7-2 to allow the chaplains of the city’s police and fire departments to give the opening invocations at city council meetings instead of the moment of silence.Councilman Sal Diciccio, a practicing Catholic embroiled in the debate last month over the … [Read more...]

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As abuse hearing ends, Cardinal Pell says he ‘should have done more’

Rome, Italy, Mar 3, 2016 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to an Australian committee investigating institutional responses to child sex abuse cases, Cardinal George Pell has expressed his regret for failing to take more action against abusive priests in the 1970s and '80s.One of the things Cardinal Pell has most lamented throughout the process is that he “should have done more” as a priest-advisor to his bishop, and as an auxiliary bishop.He expressed regret “that … [Read more...]

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As abuse hearing ends, Cardinal Pell says he ‘should have done more’

Rome, Italy, Mar 3, 2016 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to an Australian committee investigating institutional responses to child sex abuse cases, Cardinal George Pell has expressed his regret for failing to take more action against abusive priests in the 1970s and '80s.One of the things Cardinal Pell has most lamented throughout the process is that he “should have done more” as a priest-advisor to his bishop, and as an auxiliary bishop.He expressed regret “that … [Read more...]

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This 95-year-old priest walked three miles while hearing confessions

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mar 3, 2016 / 06:43 am (CNA).- A 95-year-old priest named Friar Roberto walked more than three-and-a-half miles while hearing confessions during a recent “Penitential Walk” in Brazil.Some 30,000 people participated in the walk, which took place Feb. 28 in the northeast Brazilian Archdioceses of Fortaleza and Salvador de Bahia.“It was one of most beautiful moments I saw today. That example of faith, love and fidelity for the things of God, which is … [Read more...]

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Women stunned at FDA’s failure to remove Essure from market

Washington D.C., Mar 3, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The FDA announced Monday that it will add its strictest warning to the label of Essure, a sterilization device in the form of flexible metal coils inserted into the fallopian tubes.But the decision still comes as a blow to  thousands of “E-sisters” – women who have experienced the often debilitating side effects of the device and who have been pushing to get Essure completely removed from the market.“We … [Read more...]

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Pa. bishop urges prayers for victims after major sex abuse report

Pittsburgh, Pa., Mar 3, 2016 / 12:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown is calling for prayers after a Pennsylvania grand jury released its report on the alleged sexual abuse of hundreds of children by priests in the diocese in past decades.The report covers cases dating back to the 1940s and charges that previous bishops put abusive priests back to ministry.“This is a painful and difficult time in our diocesan Church,” Bishop Mark L. Bartchak of … [Read more...]

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