Holy Trinity calls us to solidarity with others, Pope says

Vatican City, May 22, 2016 / 08:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The feast of the Holy Trinity is an invitation for us to commit to enriching our everyday relationships by promoting communion, consolation, and mercy, Pope Francis said during his weekly Sunday Angelus address."Our being created in the image and likeness of God-communion calls us to understand ourselves as beings-in-relation, and to live interpersonal relationships in solidarity and reciprocal love," the Pope told the pilgrims … [Read more...]

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Teen girls cancel Disney World trip to see Pope Francis instead

Asunción, Paraguay, May 21, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Dozens of teen girls in Paraguay had planned to celebrate their 15th birthday – or Quinceañera – at Florida's Disney World.But the students at the Almenas de Asunción school ultimately called the trip off and decided to visit Rome so that they could attend the Jubilee of Adolescents with Pope Francis.Quinceañera is a commemoration of the transition from childhood to adulthood, when Latin … [Read more...]

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Vatican: recent stories about Benedict XVI and Fatima secrets are ‘absolutely untrue’

Vatican City, May 21, 2016 / 09:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced today that recent articles claiming that Pope emeritus Benedict XVI said that the Third Secret of Fatima was not released in its entirety back in 2000 are “pure inventions” and “absolutely untrue.”The Holy See Press Office released a statement May 21 responding to recent blog posts that, during his time as Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis clarifies question on diocesan religious institutes

Vatican City, May 20, 2016 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis issued a binding clarification of a question regarding Canon Law and the establishment of new diocesan Institutes of Consecrated Life on Friday.Specifically, the Holy Father confirmed that a local Ordinary (diocesan bishop) who wishes to establish a new Institute of Consecrated Life within his own diocese under his own authority must first consult with the Holy See before deciding to establish the new Institute.The … [Read more...]

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US bishops find widespread compliance in abuse prevention audit

Washington D.C., May 20, 2016 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- In their annual report on nationwide measures for the protection of minors, the U.S. bishops found extensive diocesan cooperation with recommended standards.“When the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in 2002, we made a pledge to heal and a promise to protect. These promises remain essential priorities for our Church,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis offers prayers following EgyptAir plane crash

Vatican City, May 20, 2016 / 09:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has voiced his prayers and condolences to all those affected by the apparent crash of an EgyptAir plane in the Mediterranean Sea Thursday morning.“Having learned with sadness of the tragic crash of the Egyptian passenger airliner, Pope Francis wishes to assure you of his prayers and solidarity at this difficult time,” said a telegram from Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Pietro Parolin to Egyptian president … [Read more...]

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A bizarre ruling in Colombia bans civic prayer…and hugs

Cartagena, Colombia, May 20, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA).- In what's been labeled an “absurd” move, a judge in Colombia has banned prayer and “fraternal hugs” at the start of Cartagena city council sessions as well as local educational institutions.The ban on civic prayer – as well as the baffling prohibition against “fraternal hugs” anywhere from businesses to private family life – has generated immense controversy and protests among Christians on … [Read more...]

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