You are hurting the Church if you’re lukewarm, Pope Francis warns

Vatican City, Oct 27, 2014 / 10:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily for Mass celebrated at the Santa Marta residence Monday Pope Francis warned against the harm of “lukewarm” Christianity, calling on faithful instead to be “children of light.” The Lord has strong words towards Christian who avoid overstating their Christianity, the Pope told the congregation on Oct. 27. Such Christians do great harm “because their Christian witness is a witness which ultimately … [Read more...]

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Educate, legislate, fund: three responses to Down syndrome

Washington D.C., Oct 27, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In order to halt the abortion of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome, much must be done for education, research, and legislation to help parents choose life, a panel of experts has said. “In a sense, Down syndrome is the canary in the coal mine, it’s the test case of how we in a society will deal with difference in disability,” said Mark Bradford of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation. “Will we welcome individuals … [Read more...]

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Pope calls for end to death penalty out of respect for human dignity

Vatican City, Oct 27, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis called for the abolition of capital punishment during a speech on Thursday, as well as all forms of penal punishment which violate human dignity. In an Oct. 23 audience with delegates from the International Association of Penal Law, the Pope decried the “growing conviction” in recent decades “that through public punishment it is possible to solve different and disparate social problems, as if for different … [Read more...]

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Colo. bishops refute claims regarding personhood ballot measure

Denver, Colo., Oct 26, 2014 / 04:28 pm (CNA).- The Colorado Catholic bishops responded last week to a recent media campaign sponsored by Catholics for Choice against Amendment 67, saying the campaign was “riddled with inaccurate facts and statistics.” “Before responding to the claims made by Catholics for Choice, it should be noted that this group does not speak for the Catholic Church,” read an Oct. 23 statement from the Colorado Catholic Conference. Catholics for … [Read more...]

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English bishop shares ‘never failing’ gift of the rosary with his diocese

Portsmouth, England, Oct 26, 2014 / 01:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Since prayers through the Blessed Virgin Mary “never fail,” Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth is commemorating this month of the rosary by giving every parishioner in his diocese a free recording of the Marian prayer.“For we are now coming to the end of the month of October when, as in May, our hearts and minds customarily turn to the Woman but for whom we could not be here,” Bishop Egan stated in a … [Read more...]

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English bishop shares ‘never failing’ gift of the rosary with his diocese

Portsmouth, England, Oct 26, 2014 / 01:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Since prayers through the Blessed Virgin Mary “never fail,” Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth is commemorating this month of the rosary by giving every parishioner in his diocese a free recording of the Marian prayer.“For we are now coming to the end of the month of October when, as in May, our hearts and minds customarily turn to the Woman but for whom we could not be here,” Bishop Egan stated in a … [Read more...]

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‘What is being proposed is not marriage’ – Pope calls for defense of family

Vatican City, Oct 26, 2014 / 12:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an audience with members of an international Marian movement, Pope Francis warned that the sacrament of marriage has been reduced to a mere association, and urged participants to be witnesses in a secular world. “The family is being hit, the family is being struck and the family is being bastardized,” the Pope told those in attendance at the Oct. 25 audience. He warned against the common view in society that “you … [Read more...]

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