Oscar-winning composer pens Mass for the Pope

Rome, Italy, Jun 12, 2015 / 02:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The musical settings of Ennio Morricone are more likely to be heard at a movie theater than a church, but on June 10, the award-winning movie composer debuted a new Mass dedicated to the Jesuit Order and named for one of their own - Pope Francis. “My wife asked me for years for a Mass, but I did not ever decide to,” Morricone told Radio Vaticana in a June 10 interview. However, a request from the rector of the Chiesa del … [Read more...]

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Cardinal: Divorced, remarried Catholics need support for conversion, not changes on communion

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2015 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics who have divorced and remarried need help for the “difficult climb” of conversion and spiritual growth, not a change in Church practice on the reception of Holy Communion, a prominent cardinal said. Cardinal Ennio Antonelli summarized the advice of Pope John Paul II, who encouraged pastors “not to lower the mountain, but instead help believers to climb it by leading the way.” “For their part, … [Read more...]

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Days before encyclical’s release, Pope condemns culture of waste

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2015 / 01:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After revealing that the topic of consumerism will be a key theme in his upcoming encyclical, Pope Francis today delivered a speech condemning food waste and the indifference of states when confronted with the topic of hunger. “Statistics on waste are very concerning: a third of food products end up under this heading,” the Pope told members of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in a June 11 … [Read more...]

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Bowling with Bishops – and other things to expect at the World Meeting of Families

St. Louis, Mo., Jun 11, 2015 / 10:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bring your mitre and your bowling ball if you plan on coming to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families this fall, Archbishop Charles Chaput told 250 of his brother bishops June 10 at their General Assembly in St. Louis. The international gathering of families from across the world is set to take place in the fall and will include activities and events for all ages, the Archbishop of Philadelphia said. Bowling with Bishops is … [Read more...]

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Court ruling means Texas abortion clinics won’t meet safety standards

New Orleans, La., Jun 11, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life advocates welcomed a federal appellate court’s Tuesday decision upholding a Texas law that increased safety regulations for abortion clinics and abortionists. “Texas women and their preborn children will no longer be subjected to the grotesque reality inside Texas abortion facilities,” Emily Horne, senior legislative associate with Texas Right to Life, said June 9. Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, who … [Read more...]

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Abortion rates are dropping – and it could be thanks to millennials

Washington D.C., Jun 11, 2015 / 03:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Abortion rates have declined by 12 percent nationwide since 2010, and pro-life groups say changing attitudes among the younger generation could be the cause. “We’re seeing the attitudes shift,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of the group Students for Life of America, which conducts pro-life outreach on college campuses. “People are talking about abortion differently.” Abortions rates have declined in … [Read more...]

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US joins forces with Holy See in fighting tax fraud

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2015 / 12:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday, the Holy See and the United States signed a joint agreement to promote the prevention of tax evasion at the international level. In the first accord of its kind between the U.S. and the Holy See, the two States agreed to share tax information per the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). One high-ranking Vatican official said that with the agreement, the friendships and cooperation between the two has reached … [Read more...]

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