Vatican and ‘State of Palestine’ agree to treaty safeguarding religious liberty

Vatican City, May 13, 2015 / 02:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See and the State of Palestine have agreed on the text of a treaty regarding the life and activity of the Church in Palestine, which is expected to be signed soon by both parties. Much attention has been given to the fact that in its May 13 announcement, the Holy See referred to its agreement with “the State of Palestine” rather than the Palestinian Liberation Authority, or some other title.It is hoped that the … [Read more...]

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Christian marriage – it’s ‘demanding but magnificent,’ Pope says

Vatican City, May 13, 2015 / 01:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his audience closing out the Togolese bishops’ ad Limina visit to Rome, Pope Francis on Monday encouraged solid faith formation for the young, especially those preparing for marriage. “I encourage you to persevere in your effort to support families in difficulty … and to prepare couples for the commitments, demanding but magnificent, of Christian marriage,” he said, according to a Vatican report. Even with … [Read more...]

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When was the last time you said ‘thank you’ and ‘I’m sorry?’ Pope asks

Vatican City, May 13, 2015 / 09:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience Pope Francis focused on the concrete challenges families face in daily life, and said that simply remembering to be grateful and to apologize can go a long way in avoiding conflict. “Dear brothers and sisters, today's catechesis is the opening of the door to a series of reflections on family life, real life, daily life,” the Pope told pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square May … [Read more...]

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For Cardinal Mamberti, dialogue with Muslims is a must

Rome, Italy, May 13, 2015 / 06:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Among all the difficult situations in the world, the Middle East situation – including the plight of the region’s Christians – is one of the most compelling, says a former top Vatican diplomat who adds that dialogue with Islam must be fostered.   Cardinal Dominique Mamberti, currently the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, served as the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States – the Vatican’s … [Read more...]

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After theft, Argentines donate prized possessions, wedding rings for new monstrance

Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 13, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Large numbers of the faithful are donating gold and silver belongings to forge a new monstrance after a theft in Tucuman, Argentina. Located in northwest Argentina, Tucuman is Argentina’s smallest province, but second only to Buenos Aires in population density. In 2011, two costly monstrances were stolen from the Museum of Sacred Art. To replace them, a new monstrance will be made. It will be used at the 2016 National … [Read more...]

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German bishops change labor laws to allow divorced and remarried, gay civil unions

Munich, Germany, May 12, 2015 / 08:18 pm (CNA).- Last week, the German bishops’ conference announced it is changing its labor laws such that contracting a civil marriage after divorce or entering a same-sex civil union cannot result in termination of employment except in “exceptional cases.” “Only in special circumstances and therefore only in exceptional cases can these forms of conduct lead to a termination of contract,” read a May 5 statement released by the … [Read more...]

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EWTN named religious television station of the year

Irondale, Ala., May 12, 2015 / 04:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For the third consecutive year, EWTN Global Catholic Network has been awarded the 2015 Gabriel Award for Religious Television Station of the Year – a prestigious honor which acknowledges the Network's programming, community service, and production values. "EWTN is the beacon of Catholic broadcast television. It is a consistent and true voice of the Faith," noted one of the Gabriel Award judges who participated in … [Read more...]

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