Spanish bishop: Pope says he will not change Communion rule

Cordoba, Spain, Sep 25, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid widespread reports that Pope Francis might open the door to Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, a Spanish bishop says the Pope told him that this scenario is not possible. Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain said that during his ad limina visit to the Vatican earlier this year, the Holy Father told him that “the Pope cannot change” what Jesus Christ has instituted. The question of Communion for … [Read more...]

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‘Peace is possible,’ say US bishops returning from Palestine, Israel

Washington D.C., Sep 25, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Stressing the importance of prayer, a delegation of U.S. bishops returning from a peace-focused pilgrimage to Palestine and Israel said peace in the region is possible “because God is our hope.” “We are compelled by the Gospel of Peace to share the fruits of our prayers and encounters with Israelis and Palestinians,” the delegation said in a Sept. 22 communique. “Two peoples and three faiths have … [Read more...]

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Indian migrants in Holy Land unite to celebrate Marian feast

Jaffa, Israel, Sep 24, 2014 / 05:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thousands of Indian migrants and other pilgrims in the Holy Land celebrated a special Marian feast day with displays of prayer, devotion and unity.   On the Sept. 13 feast of the Nativity of Mary – called “Monti Fest” – more than 2500 Indian Catholic migrants and pilgrims joined in a procession from St. Peter’s Church to St. Anthony’s Church in Jaffa. Mary is the protector and patroness of the … [Read more...]

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Church-state separation allows rules on employee morality, lawyers say

Kansas City, Mo., Sep 24, 2014 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The separation of church and state includes the freedom to require employees to follow Church teachings, said a legal group responding to a lawsuit over the firing of an employee of the Kansas City – St. Joseph diocese after her same-sex “marriage” became public. “If dioceses are forced to employ people who do not follow Church doctrine, the government will have corrupted the Church, which will no longer be … [Read more...]

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Renovation plans for Orange’s Christ Cathedral aim to uplift

Orange, Calif., Sep 24, 2014 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Orange announced Wednesday the new design plans for Christ Cathedral, saying they are intended to transform the former Crystal Cathedral into a space that is “liturgically and intrinsically Catholic.” “Through this innovative design process an insightful plan has emerged that will establish Christ Cathedral as a place for involvement in the sacraments, a place to hear the Word of God proclaimed and a … [Read more...]

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Nun who won Italy’s ‘The Voice’ records first album

Rome, Italy, Sep 24, 2014 / 12:23 pm (CNA).- Universal has released a promotional video for the first album by Sister Cristina Scuccia, the Ursuline nun who won first place on last season’s The Voice Italy. The Italian bishops’ newspaper Avvenire reported on the recent release of the video which features footage of Sister Cristina recording at Universal Music’s studio. “The work will be done in time to be a Christmas present,” the report states. Sr. … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis prays, issues strong appeal for Ebola victims

Vatican City, Sep 24, 2014 / 08:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis made an appeal for prayer and aid for the victims of the Ebola outbreak which has been sweeping through several West African countries. Speaking during his General Audience Sept. 24, the Pope expressed his closeness “to the many people affected by this terrible disease. I invite you to pray for them and for the many who have so tragically lost their life.” The Pope also called on the international community to … [Read more...]

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