Cuban Church to focus on evangelization in new pastoral plan

Havana, Cuba, Sep 16, 2014 / 03:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in Cuba recently unveiled its pastoral plan for 2014-2020, which will encourage the faithful to engage in evangelization and respond to the call of Pope Francis.   Entitled “On the Road to Emmaus,” the plan offers a three-part reflection on the social and political reality and on the Church in the country. The first part invites the faithful “to look beyond sociological aspects and at the life of our … [Read more...]

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Deluge of criticism after abortion funding revealed in health care law

Washington D.C., Sep 16, 2014 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life groups have responded forcefully to a new report finding that despite promises from President Barack Obama, more than 1,000 health care plans under the Affordable Care Act cover abortion. “[T]he President issued an executive order on March 24, 2010 that said: ‘the Act maintains current Hyde Amendment restrictions governing abortion policy and extends those restrictions to newly created health insurance … [Read more...]

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God’s path is closeness and compassion, Pope preaches

Vatican City, Sep 16, 2014 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday focused on the importance of giving hope to the world by imitating Jesus Christ’s closeness to God’s people. “When God visits his people he restores hope to them. Always,” Pope Francis said in his Sept. 16 homily at his Casa Santa Marta residence. “You can preach the Word of God brilliantly: there have been many excellent preachers throughout history. But if these preachers have … [Read more...]

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First parish dedicated to John Paul II in Chinese-speaking world

Kaohsiung. Taiwan, Sep 16, 2014 / 09:49 am (CNA).- The Diocese of Kaohsiung in Taiwan has become the first in the Chinese-speaking world to have a parish dedicated to St. John Paul II, where a first-class relic of the Polish saint’s blood is kept. Archbishop Peter Chen-Chung Liu of Kaohsiung presided at the Mass of Inauguration and Consecration on Sept. 6, with 20 priests concelebrating and more than 1,200 faithful in attendance. According to Fides, the pastor of the parish, Father … [Read more...]

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Meeting of Families document offers global perspective

Rome, Italy, Sep 16, 2014 / 04:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The preparatory catechesis document for the 2015 World Meeting of Families is a “wonderful” work that addresses Catholic family issues from a global context, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said. “It covers all the basic issues – the problems as well as the joys of family life – and situates it in the context of the culture of the world, not just the United States because it’s a world … [Read more...]

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Death toll rises in Central African violence

Bangui, Central African Republic, Sep 16, 2014 / 02:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Thousands more people have died in ongoing violence in the Central African Republic since December, and many more of the dead may never be counted, new estimates suggest. The Associated Press tallied the dead by consulting survivors, Christian and Muslim clergy and aid workers across 50 communities. The tally suggests that at least 5,186 people have died in the fighting, an increase from the U.N. estimate of 2,000 … [Read more...]

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Leeds’ new bishop: ‘I have longed and longed to be with you’

Leeds, England, Sep 16, 2014 / 12:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Msgr. Marcus Stock, who was appointed Monday as Bishop of Leeds, England, has said in a message to his new flock that his motto as a bishop will be taken from Christ's words at the Last Supper, “I have longed and longed to be with you.” “When I was informed of my appointment, I was given a list of tasks that require fairly quick decisions from me. Among these, was the need to choose a motto for my life as a … [Read more...]

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