Pope Francis asks forgiveness for scandals in the Church

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2015 / 08:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis opened this Wednesday's general audience by apologizing for unspecified scandals that have recently arisen in the Vatican. Speaking off-the-cuff, the Pope opened the gathering by saying: “Before beginning the catechesis, I would like, in the name of the Church, to ask your forgiveness for the scandals that, in these times, have fallen on Rome and the Vatican. I ask your forgiveness!” Pope Francis did not … [Read more...]

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‘Confess-a-thon’ at Colombian mall draws 350 priests

Bogotá, Colombia, Oct 14, 2015 / 03:05 am (CNA).- In the South American nation of Colombia – where an estimated 70 percent of the population identifies as Catholic – it is not unusual to encounter Catholic priests at a cathedral, or perhaps at a religious school or hospital. Seeing scores of priests at a shopping mall, on the other hand, is a less frequent occurrence. But for thousands of shoppers at Gran Estación Mall in Bogota, Colombia last week, that’s exactly … [Read more...]

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More scheming outside the synod? Soros foundation rep attends LGBT lobby event

Rome, Italy, Oct 14, 2015 / 12:11 am (CNA).- Attendees at an LGBT activist event lobbying the Synod of Bishops included an official from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, one of the most influential funders in the world. “Open Society Foundations program officer Peter Matjasic was one of the participants of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics assembly,” Antonia Zafeiri, the foundations’ European communications officer, confirmed to CNA Oct. 13. Zafeiri … [Read more...]

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Violent marriages: A woman’s quest to help synod bishops grasp the issue

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2015 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christauria Welland is a clinical psychologist who's worked with both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence – and with one in three women worldwide suffering from abuse at the hands of a partner, her goal is to make sure bishops know about the problem. Often kept secret through shame or fear of stigma, the scourge of physical and emotional violence between couples is something the Catholics are anything but immune from, … [Read more...]

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Are those who strive for virtue the new minority? Cardinal Dolan thinks so

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2015 / 01:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Married couples who endure hardships together; gay men and women trying to live chastely; engaged couples who choose not to cohabitate. What do all these people have in common? They’re all striving for holiness and, according to Cardinal Timothy Dolan, they’re the “new minority” to whom it is important to extend inclusion in the Church. “...these wonderful people today often feel themselves a minority, … [Read more...]

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Synod letter leak was intended ‘to sow strife’, says Cardinal Müller

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2015 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Gerhard Müller spoke with an Italian daily on Tuesday about the synod and about a letter allegedly sent to Pope Francis from a number of cardinals abouts its process, calling the leak of a private document scandalous. “I'm not saying whether I signed or not. The scandal is that it makes public a private letter of the Pope,” the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith told Corriere della … [Read more...]

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After break-in, Bishop Conley prays for burglar’s conversion

Lincoln, Neb., Oct 13, 2015 / 10:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When Bishop James Conley's residence in Lincoln, Nebraska was invaded and burglarized this weekend, he offered a message of forgiveness and called on the faithful to pray that the thief will discover Christ and return the stolen items. “One of Christ's last acts on the Cross was forgiveness of a repentant thief,” Bishop Conley said in a statement, adding that “certainly, the Church forgives the person … [Read more...]

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