Is this the miracle that could canonize Mother Teresa?

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2015 / 01:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is studying the case of a Brazilian man inexplicably cured of brain abscesses – which could be the miracle that leads to the canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Pope Francis voiced his desire to canonize Mother Teresa during the Jubilee Year of Mercy which will begin on Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, as a ¨sign of mercy for the world¨ in service to the poor. Father Caetano … [Read more...]

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US bishops ready to welcome refugees from Syrian civil war

Washington D.C., Sep 11, 2015 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Europe's migrant crisis worsens, fuelled in part by Syria's lengthy civil war, the head of the U.S. bishops' conference has called on the country to welcome a larger number of refugees in a spirit of solidarity. “I urge all Catholics in the United States and others of good will to express openness and welcome to these refugees, who are escaping desperate situations in order to survive,” Archbishop Joseph … [Read more...]

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9/11: When John Paul II grieved with America

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2015 / 11:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As three airliners smashed into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, and Flight 93 crashed into a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, at the time the director of the Vatican press office, delivered the news to Pope John Paul II. "I remember that terrible afternoon as if it were yesterday. I called the Pope, who was at Castel Gandolfo, I gave him the news. He was shocked not only by the … [Read more...]

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For Lincoln diocese, audit adds to its effective child protection plan

Lincoln, Neb., Sep 11, 2015 / 07:31 am (CNA).- The Diocese of Lincoln will now take part in the U.S. bishops' audit of the implementation of the youth protection charter – a move it says adds to a well-functioning system of safeguards against abuse. “I believe it will demonstrate clearly that the Diocese of Lincoln does an excellent job creating safe environments for children,” Bishop James Conley said in his Sept. 11 column. Bishop Conley said his diocese already … [Read more...]

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Inside a dubious LGBT media guide to Pope Francis’ visit

Washington D.C., Sep 11, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Pope Francis' trip to the U.S. nears, the LGBT advocacy organization GLAAD has released a media guide encouraging journalists to favor its narrative. But one media critic is calling it spin. “It's important to remember that GLAAD doesn’t determine Church teaching, no matter how much it might wish it,” said Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture at the Media Research Center. The group … [Read more...]

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In Cuba, Pope Francis will be a ‘Missionary of Mercy’

Havana, Cuba, Sep 11, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Cuban bishops have announced that the theme for Pope Francis' Sept. 19-22 visit to their nation will be “Missionary of Mercy,” as a way of looking forward to the Jubilee Year of Mercy. This theme “is in continuity with Saint John Paul II who visited the island as a ‘Messenger of Truth and Hope,’ and with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI who came as a ‘Pilgrim of Charity',” the bishops … [Read more...]

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Deacon Keith Fournier explains ‘the common good’ in a new CNA column

Richmond, Va., Sep 10, 2015 / 06:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a new column for CNA, “The Common Good with Deacon Keith Fournier”, the author has set out to restore a fuller understanding to the meaning of conscience and how it should shape the way Christians live their faith in the public square, the marketplace, and the entirety of culture. “The phrase common good is at the heart of the social teaching of the Catholic Church. However, many Christians do not even know there is … [Read more...]

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