Texas Catholics to governor: Don’t execute mentally ill man

Austin, Texas, Dec 2, 2014 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Texas Catholic Conference has called on governor Rick Perry to stay the execution of mentally ill death row inmate Scott Louis Panetti, saying his execution is “not merely unjust, but immoral.” “Mr. Panetti’s lengthy history of mental illness, his delusional behavior while defending himself at trial in 1995, and the multiple diagnoses from mental health professionals confirming his severe mental illness, … [Read more...]

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The Church is about Christ – not an NGO, Pope tells Swiss bishops

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2014 / 03:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an address to the Swiss bishops on Monday, Pope Francis urged them maintain a lively faith, lest their country’s religious buildings become nothing more than dust-filled museums. The Holy Father also used the opportunity to encourage the bishops to live their episcopal fatherhood; to uphold the ministerial priesthood; to engage in frank ecumenism; and to maintain the Church's witness to the Gospel. “Your country has … [Read more...]

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Pope: Knowledge alone doesn’t reveal God; humble prayer does

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2014 / 12:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Tuesday, Pope Francis said that no matter how much we study, we will never know anything about God unless we speak to him humbly like children. “Many may know science (and) theology well, so many! But if they do not do this theology on their knees, humbly, like children, they will not understand anything,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse for his Dec. 2 daily … [Read more...]

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Religious leaders sign joint declaration to eradicate slavery

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2014 / 10:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Leaders of the world’s major religions came together at the Vatican on Tuesday to sign a common declaration condemning slavery and urging the world to action, and were addressed by Pope Francis. “We, the undersigned, are gathered here today for a historic initiative to inspire spiritual and practical action by all global faiths and people of good will everywhere to eradicate modern slavery across the world by 2020 and for all … [Read more...]

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‘Year for Vocations’: English diocese stresses universal call to sainthood

Shrewsbury, England, Dec 2, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Alongside the Year for Consecrated Life called for by Pope Francis, the Diocese of Shrewsbury, England, is observing 2015 as a year for vocations, promoting among the faithful the universal call to sanctity. “I want to speak about the calling which we all share,” Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury said in a pastoral letter read Nov. 30 at churches and chapels throughout the diocese. “It might startle you to be … [Read more...]

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Thousands of Tango dancers to perform for Pope’s birthday

Rome, Italy, Dec 2, 2014 / 02:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis enjoys the customs of his native Argentina. He drinks mate – an Argentinean tea – he follows soccer, and likes to listen to Tango music. Consequently, some 7,000 Tango dances have decided to perform a flash mob for the pontiff to celebrate his 78th birthday this month. Touted on social networks as “the largest milonga in the world,” nearly 9,000 dancers were invited to take part. The event is planned … [Read more...]

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‘Holy freedom’ as one united family: the World Meeting of Families hymn

Philadelphia, Pa., Dec 2, 2014 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One week after Pope Francis announced he will attend the 2015 World Meeting of Families, the event’s organizers have released an official hymn that speaks of family unity, “holy freedom,” and the Holy Family’s example for mankind. “This event has the power to transform the lives of families – both Catholic and non-Catholic alike – in positive and charismatic ways. I’m confident that … [Read more...]

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