Visible unity of Christians, a need for a troubled world, says Pope

Vatican City, Nov 11, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA).- To act and speak as brothers, despite different confessions, in order to respond to current issue: this is the mission Pope Francis entrusted to the bishop-friends of the Focolare Movement on Friday. “The fact that in many countries lack of the freedom to publicly express their religion and to openly live according to the needs of Christian ethics; persecution of Christians and other minorities; the sad phenomenon of terrorism; the plight of … [Read more...]

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Top Vatican jobs: The ‘Francis effect’ on the Roman Curia

Rome, Italy, Nov 10, 2014 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The latest round of major appointments to top positions in the Vatican hierarchy shows that change is afoot as Pope Francis puts his stamp on the Roman Curia. But the transitions are clearly designed to bring about a change of mentality more than a simple restructuring of Vatican departments. On Nov. 8, Pope Francis carried out a series of appointments that look to be a prelude to the complete reshaping of the curia. The Pope has … [Read more...]

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US bishops say despite media hype, synod showed consensus

Baltimore, Md., Nov 10, 2014 / 03:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops who attended the recent Synod on the Family have emphasized that while the media painted a picture of conflict, the synod fathers were actually united in support of Church teaching. “This synod, brothers, was one of consensus. Rather remarkable consensus, faithful to the authentic understanding of matrimony revealed by God,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York. Cardinal Dolan addressed the U.S. … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Kurtz: Want to strengthen families? Witness ‘truths of the faith’

Baltimore, Md., Nov 10, 2014 / 02:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In responding to crises faced by modern families, the Church must work to restore hope and confidence that the call of the Gospel can be lived out, the head of the U.S. bishops’ conference said. “We can’t deny the social and economic challenges families face today; they are deep-seated and powerful,” Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville acknowledged. “Yet we know that hope in marriage is well-founded, … [Read more...]

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LA priest cleared by Vatican of sexual misconduct claims

Los Angeles, Calif., Nov 10, 2014 / 02:03 pm (CNA).- A Vatican tribunal has “definitively determined” that there is no proof of sexual misconduct by Monsignor Richard Loomis, a prominent Los Angeles archdiocese priest. “Monsignor Loomis has always professed his innocence of these accusations,” the Los Angeles archdiocese said Nov. 8, saying the tribunal’s determination followed “ten years of exhaustive investigation and canonical trial.” The … [Read more...]

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World Meeting of Families is ‘moment of grace’ for global Church

Baltimore, Md., Nov 10, 2014 / 01:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As registration opens for the upcoming World Meeting of Families, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said that the gathering will be a chance to strengthen the Church throughout the whole world. “The World Meeting of Families is a moment of grace for Catholics and other people of good will from around the globe,” the archbishop said. ”That’s our goal. That’s the reason for our … [Read more...]

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Fidelity to Bishop of Rome crucial to evangelization, US bishops say

Baltimore, Md., Nov 10, 2014 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a message to Pope Francis on Monday, the U.S. bishops vowed fidelity to the Holy See and voiced hope that Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year. “We are very much aware that it is only in communion with the Bishop of Rome that we can most effectively give witness to the fullness of the Gospel in our country today,” the message read. “We undertake our efforts with … [Read more...]

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