Pope Francis postpones Milan visit due to ‘intense’ Jubilee schedule

Vatican City, Dec 10, 2015 / 05:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced today that due to Pope Francis’ busy schedule during the Jubilee of Mercy, he has decided to postpone his May 7, 2016, visit to the diocese of Milan until the following year. A Dec. 10 communique from the Vatican announced that Milan’s Archbishop, Cardinal Angelo Scola, received a note from the Secretariat of State saying that due to “the intensification of the Jubilee commitments,” Pope … [Read more...]

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The Year of Mercy and theology: a conversation with Cardinal Müller

Vatican City, Dec 10, 2015 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the opening of the Year of Mercy called by Pope Francis, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has granted to  CNA an exclusive interview touching on mercy in several of its aspects. Please find below the full text of the conversation: CNA: What is mercy for a theologian? Cardinal Müller: Above all the theologian, every theologian, is a human being, a baptized person … [Read more...]

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Tough, funny and fearless: A bold new take on women saints

Denver, Colo., Dec 10, 2015 / 12:01 am (CNA).- Maria Johnson has a scar behind her ear, a small memento from that time she leaped off her dresser, aiming for her bed – and missed, grazing the corner of her nightstand with the back of her head. She'd always had a rambunctious spirit and a proclivity for chaos, earning her the Spanish nickname “Tremenda,” bestowed by her Cuban mother.   “It does mean tremendous, sometimes,” she writes. “It also … [Read more...]

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Don’t let evil win over your hearts, bishop urges after San Bernardino attacks

San Bernardino, Calif., Dec 9, 2015 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders offered prayers and comfort at an interreligious gathering in San Bernardino on Monday in the aftermath of the mass shooting there last week. “We know that we cannot go back to the way things were before this tragedy occurred,” Bishop Gerald Barnes of San Bernardino said Dec. 7. “We cannot go back. We can’t forget. Yet we pray. And we seek healing and … [Read more...]

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Why a Jubilee of Mercy? Because the Church needs it, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Dec 9, 2015 / 11:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The day after opening the Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis dedicated his general audience remarks to answering the question of why he called for a jubilee on the subject, saying the primary reason is simply because it’s needed. “Why a Jubilee of Mercy? What does this mean?” the Pope asked pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square Dec. 9 for his weekly general audience.  The answer, he said, is … [Read more...]

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They fled terrorists, too – why Catholics are resettling a refugee family in Indiana

Indianapolis, Ind., Dec 9, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Efforts to resettle a Syrian refugee family in Indiana are part of a long Catholic tradition that saves lives, the Archbishop of Indianapolis has said after meeting with the state's governor about his security concerns. “Three years ago, this family fled the violence of terrorists in their homeland of Syria. After two years of extensive security checks and personal interviews, the United States government approved them to … [Read more...]

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What is mercy – and what are some false conceptions of it?

Washington D.C., Dec 9, 2015 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Is it simply having pity for someone or bending the rules? As the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy kicks off, Catholic theologians weigh in on mercy, and its surprising connection to justice. True mercy is action, “reaching out to and accompanying people where they’re at, even in their state of brokenness…in order to bring new life,” Dr. William Mattison, a moral theology professor at the Catholic University … [Read more...]

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