Pope to Peruvian pro-lifers: ‘Keep shaking things up’

Lima, Peru, Jun 5, 2015 / 06:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Upon seeing pictures from the 2015 March for Life in Lima, Peru, Pope Francis had a message for the faithful of the South American country: “keep shaking things up.” The Holy Father offered these words of encouragement to Peruvian Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, after the June 3 General Audience at the Vatican, according to a statement by the Archdiocese of Lima. The cardinal was in Rome to participate in meetings of the Holy … [Read more...]

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Twenty years after war, Bosnians working to reclaim first victim: trust

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jun 5, 2015 / 06:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A key Muslim figure in Bosnia said that “mutual trust” was the first victim of the country’s recent war – and is something each of their four main religious populations are still working to regain. In a June 4 interview with CNA, Ifet Mustafic stressed that “during (the) war, many bad things were done, and were even done from people with religious affiliations…now people are talking … [Read more...]

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African, European bishops’ meeting promotes an authentic ‘joy of the family’

Maputo, Mozambique, Jun 5, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of bishops from across Africa and Europe met last weekend pledging to redouble their efforts in favor of families, and examining challenges of the 2014 Synod on the Family as well as prospects for the 2015 synod. The bishops who gathered in Mozambique at the May 28-31 Seminar on the Family were from the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe (CCEE). The … [Read more...]

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Australian bishops stress Cardinal Pell’s determination to fight sex abuse

Canberra, Australia, Jun 5, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of Australian bishops have emphasized Cardinal George Pell’s record of leadership against clergy sex abuse following critical news broadcasts and comments from a member of the pontifical council against abuse.   “He is a man of integrity who is committed to the truth and to helping others, particularly those who have been hurt or who are struggling,” seven bishops said of the cardinal in a June 3 … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Kasper backpedals on papal endorsement of controversial proposal

Washington D.C., Jun 4, 2015 / 03:07 pm (National Catholic Register).- Almost single-handedly one cleric has turned the Church’s teaching on Communion, marriage and divorce into an international debate. For decades, German Cardinal Walter Kasper has promoted a proposal to allow divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics to receive holy Communion after a period of repentance. His controversial position has drawn intense criticism from some and rapturous support from others. Cardinal … [Read more...]

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Pope leads Rome’s Corpus Christi procession on behalf of persecuted Christians

Rome, Italy, Jun 4, 2015 / 02:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Persecuted Christians were remembered during Thursday's Corpus Christi procession in Rome, where Pope Francis told the thousands taking part to walk and pray in unity with those who cannot express their faith so openly. “Let us feel united with them: sing with them, give praise with them, worship with them,” the Roman Pontiff said in his homily for Mass said in the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran June 4, celebrated just … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis pays for 120 of Rome’s poor to visit Shroud of Turin

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2015 / 11:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his latest act of papal charity, Pope Francis has donated funds for two busloads of homeless and sick pilgrims to visit the Shroud of Turin. They will stay in two charitable centers that offer shelter to the homeless during the winter. The trips will “prepare the way for the Pope’s visit which is scheduled to take place on June 21: his poor arrive before him,” the papal almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, told … [Read more...]

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