Cardinal Kasper’s speech on divorce, remarriage, and Communion

Vatican City, Mar 4, 2014 / 02:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a two-hour address to a consistory on the family last month, Cardinal Walter Kasper discussed marriage and family life, devoting the last section to “the problem of the divorced and remarried.” The final of the five sections has garnered much attention in the press. In that portion he asked, “is it not perhaps an exploitation of the person” when a person who has been divorced and remarried is excluded from … [Read more...]

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Dangers of solitary confinement highlighted at DC event

Washington D.C., Mar 4, 2014 / 12:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Former prisoners, legal advocates and United Nations officials spoke out in Washington, D.C., against the use of solitary confinement for long periods of time, as well as for juveniles, the disabled and pregnant women. Juan Mendez, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture, called in a Feb. 25 press conference for “recognition of the adverse physical, mental and emotional impacts of solitary confinement,” along with “the … [Read more...]

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European publisher launches new Pope Francis magazine

Rome, Italy, Mar 3, 2014 / 05:24 pm (CNA).- One of the largest publishing companies in Europe is releasing a first-ever weekly magazine dedicated entirely to Pope Francis due to the impact his pontificate has had in the world over the last year. On March 3 Mondadori, Italy's largest book and magazine publisher and the third largest in the consumer magazine segment in France, announced their new magazine “Il Mio Papa,” which is to be the world's first magazine dedicated … [Read more...]

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Fertility treatments succeed without assisted reproduction

Rome, Italy, Mar 3, 2014 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A doctor in Italy has seen great success in helping couples conceive by examining their overall health and treating underlying causes of infertility, without artificial reproduction technologies. Dr. Felice Petraglia, Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Siena in Italy, runs a clinic specializing in reproductive medicine. However, his clinic does not offer in-vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, or … [Read more...]

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Holy See ratifies agreement with Republic of Burundi

Vatican City, Mar 3, 2014 / 03:34 pm (CNA).- Last week Vatican officials met with representatives of the Republic of Burundi to discuss an agreement made between the countries in 2012, officially implementing the agreement's stipulations. Held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Burundi on Feb. 28, the country's minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Laurent Kavakure, was present along with their apostolic nuncio … [Read more...]

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Pope prays that youth will respond freely to vocational call

Vatican City, Mar 3, 2014 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis said many youth are too attached to worldly things to answer God's call, and encouraged prayers for them to “empty” themselves in order to respond with generosity. “We must pray so that the hearts of these young people may be emptied, emptied of other interests and other sentiments, so that they may become free,” the Pope said March 3. Centering his thoughts on the figure of … [Read more...]

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Student-led project gives breakfast to 1,500 at homeless shelters

Washington D.C., Mar 2, 2014 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Students at St. Peter’s School in Washington, D.C., led a recent project to assemble 1,500 bagged breakfasts for those seeking refuge from the cold in homeless shelters around the city. “It's so important to understand that we have lots of blessings and gifts, and that's why we need to share with other people that don't have such opportunities,” said Maggie, an eighth grader helping lead the … [Read more...]

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