‘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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Pope Francis: God’s image is revealed in the face of our brothers

Vatican City, Oct 26, 2014 / 06:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The message Pope Francis sent during his Sunday Angelus address was that love of God and neighbor are inseparably united, and that we see God’s face most clearly in the weak and vulnerable. “In the middle of the thicket of rules and regulations – of the legalisms of yesterday and today – Jesus opens a gap that allows you to see two faces: the face of the Father and that of the brother,” the Pope told … [Read more...]

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Twelve Iraqi priests, monks suspended for breaking vow of obedience

Vatican City, Oct 26, 2014 / 04:41 am (CNA).- Chaldean patriarch Louis Sako I has suspended a group of monks and priests who fled Iraq without consulting their superiors, saying a priest’s primary duty is to serve his flock wherever he is asked. “Before his ordination, the ‘Priest’ announces the offering of his whole life to God and the Church. It is an offering grounded in the obedience to his superiors without any conservation,” Patriarch Sako said in his Oct. … [Read more...]

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Vatican gives global communications group official stamp of approval

Vatican City, Oct 25, 2014 / 06:42 pm (CNA).- In a rare move, the Vatican has officially recognized the public communications organization SIGNIS as a Catholic association, which, according to a Vatican official, happens less than once a year. “SIGNIS is called to form lay Catholics who work in the media to be truly salt and light, and to be a leaven that transforms the world from within,” Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko said in the Oct. 24 ceremony for the consignment of the Decree of … [Read more...]

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Church mourns death of Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete, priest and scientist

New York City, N.Y., Oct 25, 2014 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church is mourning the death of Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete, who died early Friday following a lengthy illness; he was deeply involved in the ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation, and was a good friend of Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston. “Friends, I just learned of the passing of Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete, the U.S. spiritual director of the Communion and Liberation movement,” Father Robert Barron, … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Nichols clarifies, dispels media portrayals of synod

Westminster, England, Oct 25, 2014 / 10:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After returning from the 2014 Synod on the Family, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has clarified that the meeting was focused upon reaching out to those in difficulty, rather than changing doctrine. “You may have heard or read that this Synod has been about changing the teaching of the Church on marriage, family life or sexual morality. This is not true,” the cardinal said. “It was about the pastoral … [Read more...]

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Beyond economics, youth unemployment a ‘problem of dignity,’ Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 25, 2014 / 09:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has sent a message to young people affected by the “culture of waste,” calling on them to spread the hope of the Gospel amid these times of uncertainty. The Pope's message, dated Oct. 16, was written to mark the Italian Bishops’ conference of Salerno's national convention on the theme: “Hope amid uncertainty.” According to the message, the aim of the convention, which runs from Oct. … [Read more...]

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