No plans to raise security ahead of Pope’s Albania visit

Vatican City, Sep 15, 2014 / 09:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- There are no plans to increase security for Pope Francis' Sept. 21 trip to Albania despite new reports of a potential threat by Islamic militants, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Monday. “All of us are worried about what ISIS is doing,” Fr. Lombardi told journalists during a Vatican press briefing Sept. 15 ahead of the Pope's forthcoming trip to the majority Muslim country. “But if the … [Read more...]

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Want to learn obedience? Look at the ‘woman by the Cross’

Vatican City, Sep 15, 2014 / 08:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Celebrating Mass for the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows at the Santa Marta residence, Pope Francis reflected on the ultimate example of obedience demonstrated by Mary at the foot of the Cross. As we look at Mary standing beneath the Cross, “steadfastly following her Son in his suffering, to learn obedience,” we see the Church and our mother, he said the morning of Sept. 15. “By remaining close to both Mary and the … [Read more...]

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Vatican and Vietnam continue to strengthen ties, seek full relations

Hanoi, Vietnam, Sep 15, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See held a fifth round of talks with the Vietnamese government on Wednesday and Thursday to strengthen and develop their bilateral relations, which have been in disrepair for nearly 40 years. “The Holy See delegation emphasized that Pope Francis has followed with interest recent developments in Vietnam – Holy See relations, and encourages the Catholic community in Vietnam to continue to contribte to the … [Read more...]

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New South Wales Catholic magazine wins religious press award

Sydney, Australia, Sep 15, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, in Australia's state of New South Wales, is rejoicing over having won multiple media honors from the country's Catholic and religious journalism associations. It's official monthly magazine, Aurora, was given the 2014 Gutenberg Award on Sept. 6. “Aurora attracted three awards at the Australasian Catholic Press Association dinner held last Thursday, followed by another four … [Read more...]

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Petition against OKC black mass draws support of 85,000

Oklahoma City, Okla., Sep 14, 2014 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 85,000 people have signed a petition asking the city-run Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall to cancel a scheduled black mass, saying that is a blatant attack on the Catholic Church. “A black mass is intended as an attack on another religious group, namely Catholics,” reads the “Stop the black mass” petition on CitizenGo.com. Although the organizer returned a stolen Host after a lawsuit … [Read more...]

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‘Why the Cross?’ Pope asks during Sunday Angelus

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2014 / 09:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, Pope Francis used basic questions about the necessity of salvation to draw listeners deeper into Christ’s saving mystery.Addressing the crowds gathered in Saint Peter's Square before leading them in praying the Angelus, the Pontiff explained that the cross which Christians “exalt” is not just any cross: it is the Cross of Jesus Christ, in which “is revealed the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to couples: Cross illuminates purpose of marriage

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2014 / 07:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “Marriage is a symbol of life... the Sacrament of love of Christ and the Church, a love which finds its proof and guarantee in the Cross.”This was the central theme of Pope Francis' homily for the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, delivered moments before presiding over the marriages of 20 couples from the Diocese of Rome.The weddings, which took place in Saint Peter's Basilica on Sunday morning in the presence … [Read more...]

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