Families take in refugees as Pope calls on Europe’s churches to open their doors

Rome, Italy, Sep 7, 2015 / 03:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With many European families already opening their homes to refugees, the current head of the Jesuit's refugee agency says Pope Francis' appeal for parishes to open their doors offers a practical way of combating what is otherwise an overwhelming crisis. The Roman Pontiff's call for Europe's parishes to take in refugees  is “a very practical, concrete, manageable, idea,” said Fr. Peter Balleis, S.J., the … [Read more...]

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Vatican reform of annulment process will be presented tomorrow

Vatican City, Sep 7, 2015 / 01:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See press office has announced that two motu proprio will be released on Tuesday, both of which concern the reform of the process for the declaration of the nullity of marriage. The two motu proprio, Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus (The Lord Jesus, a meek judge) and Mitis et misericors Iesus (Jesus, meek and merciful), will be presented at a noon press conference at the Vatican Sept. 8. The two documents regard the reform of the … [Read more...]

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What does the Church really say about divorce? It might not be what you think

Denver, Colo., Sep 7, 2015 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- “I have a friend who has been divorced for 30 years. Her husband just left her one day, and she hasn't received communion in all this time,” author David Dziena recalled. “She was only told by me when I was writing this book that she could receive communion – and she could not believe me, because she felt that because she was divorced, that meant she was separated from the Church.” Stories like … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis urges Armenian Catholics to remember their martyrs

Vatican City, Sep 7, 2015 / 11:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Concelebrating Mass with the Armenian Patriarch of Cilicia on Monday, Pope Francis recalled how persecution has been constant in the Church, from the time of Christ's Passion until now. “Perhaps more than in the early days,” Pope Francis said Sept. 7 during his homily at the Mass said at the chapel of the Vatican's St. Martha guesthouse, Christians “are persecuted, killed, driven out, despoiled, only because they … [Read more...]

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Labor Day the Catholic way: help young workers and struggling families

Washington D.C., Sep 7, 2015 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The need for decent work at a living wage – one which can support a family – was a key theme of the U.S. bishops’ 2015 Labor Day message, which sought to restore work to its “honored place” in God’s service. “The continuing struggles of most families to make ends meet are on display before our eyes, both at home and abroad,” Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami said Sept. 7. “This … [Read more...]

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Abortion clinics in Texas ask Supreme Court to block safety standards

Washington D.C., Sep 6, 2015 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Texas attorney general has said he will challenge abortion clinics’ appeal asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider striking down safety regulations that only about a dozen of the state’s abortion clinics can meet. Texas attorney general Ken Paxton's office stated Sept. 2 that the 2013 law aims to “protect the health and safety of women and ensure abortion clinics in Texas meet basic … [Read more...]

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Pope: all European churches to welcome refugees during Year of Mercy

Vatican City, Sep 6, 2015 / 04:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Sunday issued a strong appeal to the entire European Church – including the Vatican – to take in migrant families as part of the lead-in to the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy. “Faced with the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees fleeing death on account of war and hunger, and who are traveling toward a hope for life, the Gospel calls us to be 'neighbors' to the smallest and abandoned, (and) to give … [Read more...]

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