Franciscan priest, Christian villagers abducted by Syrian militants

Aleppo, Syria, Oct 7, 2014 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Militants linked to al-Nusra Front kidnapped a Catholic parish priest and as many as 20 people from a Christian village in Syria on Sunday night. The priest has been identified as 62-year-old Father Hanna Jallouf, O.F.M. “Let us pray for him and for the other victims of this tragic and senseless war,” the Custody of the Holy Land said on its website. The Custody of the Holy Land, which oversees Franciscan activity in … [Read more...]

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Solidarity a virtue for businessmen too, CEO counsels

Washington D.C., Oct 7, 2014 / 04:09 pm (CNA).- Business leaders should embrace virtues like solidarity and mutual dependence among their business partners, employees, customers and broader communities in order to bring wealth to everyone, a Catholic businessman said. “As Catholics, we must not merely speak words like solidarity – rather, we need to think deeply about what they mean for us, in our personal lives, and how we embody them as we go about our daily business in … [Read more...]

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On the bishops’ discussion slate: Streamlining annulments

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2014 / 03:02 pm (CNA).- The opening report for the bishops' synod on the family touched on the process of annulments, noting that reform is being asked by many who often misunderstand the indissolubility of marriage. General relator Cardinal Peter Erdo said the synod's Instrumentum laboris – or “working document” –  shows a “broad consensus in favor of simplifying marriage cases from the pastoral point of view and recounts … [Read more...]

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Pope’s concern for Christians in Middle East emerges at family synod

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2014 / 10:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an unexpected move, Pope Francis added to the schedule of the upcoming consistory for the causes of saints a discussion on the situation of Christians in the Middle East, the Holy See spokesman announced Tuesday. The consistory is to be held at the Vatican on Oct. 20, the day after the conclusion of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, which began Oct. 5. “The consistory's topic is now widened, and it becomes … [Read more...]

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Armed guards escort Cameroon missionaries amid terror attacks

Yaounde, Cameroon, Oct 7, 2014 / 10:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Boko Haram terrorist activity spreading into Cameroon from northeastern Nigeria has caused local Catholic missionaries to increase security, but one bishop has stressed that relations with local Muslims are good. “The Boko Haram fighters supply themselves with food in the border area and attempt to make money by kidnapping. That's why the priests and nuns are now accompanied by the military when they visit the parishes … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to make apostolic voyage to France in 2015

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2014 / 05:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In their announcement of the Pope’s schedule for his visit to the European Parliament next month, the Vatican also revealed that he intends to return to France in 2015 for a longer visit. “In the context of the publication of the schedule of the Pope to the European Parliament and to the Council of Europe that will take place November 25, I can now say now that the Holy Father intends to make an apostolic voyage to France in … [Read more...]

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How should the Church care for same-sex attracted people?

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2014 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In what ways can the Church provide pastoral care for men and women of same-sex attraction that is compassionate and affirming in the faith – all the while remaining true to its teachings? At the opening of the Synod on the Family, participants were reminded that the Church's pastoral approach towards persons with same-sex attraction is an issue worthy of attention. Over the next two weeks, the Extraordinary Synod on the … [Read more...]

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