Men, women, and the power of marriage: Pope Francis to give key address

Vatican City, Nov 3, 2014 / 01:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Later this month Pope Francis will meet with intellectuals and inter-religious faith leaders from around the world to examine the relationship between man and woman in marriage as the basis of society. From Nov. 17 to Nov. 19 the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith will host a colloquium in Rome on the topic of “Complementarity of Man and Woman in Marriage.” The event is hosted along with the Pontifical Council for … [Read more...]

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Australian bishops welcome new head of pastoral life commission

Canberra, Australia, Nov 3, 2014 / 01:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Australian bishops' conference has welcomed Alison Burt as the new leadership steering the national Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life in their nation. According to a recent statement, Burt was appointed executive secretary of the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life, succeeding Bruce Ryan, who retired after eight years in the commission office. Bishop Daniel Hurley of Darwin welcomed Burt to the new role, and … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Our faith is based on Christ, not ‘persuasive words’

Vatican City, Nov 3, 2014 / 11:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The “rock” of our faith is not found in “wise and persuasive words,” Pope Francis said, but rather in the “living word” which is Christ's death and resurrection. Human history culminating in Christ's coming was the main focus of the Pope's homily for Mass on Nov. 3, celebrated in Saint Peter's Basilica on behalf of all cardinals and bishops who have died over the last twelve … [Read more...]

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A Catholic philosopher’s spellbinding fight against Hitler

New York City, N.Y., Nov 2, 2014 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Dietrich von Hildebrand first earned the hatred of the Nazi party in 1921. At a political convention in Paris, the Catholic philosopher declared Germany's 1914 invasion of neutral Belgium an “atrocious crime.” The divisive statement marked the first step in von Hildebrand's years-long battle against Nazism; a battle that inspired one German diplomat in 1937 to dub von Hildebrand “the greatest obstacle … [Read more...]

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‘Pray for the forgotten,’ Pope exhorts on Feast of All Souls

Vatican City, Nov 2, 2014 / 09:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Angelus address delivered for the Feast of All Souls, Pope Francis called on the faithful to pray for forgotten souls, as well as Christians who have died for their faith and in the service of others over the past year. “We remember our brothers and sisters killed because they are Christians,” he said, and the many “who have sacrificed their lives to serve others.”Addressing the crowds gathered in … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis reaches out to schismatic Old Catholic Church

Vatican City, Nov 1, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite continuing theological, ethical and ministerial differences between the Roman Catholic Church and the schismatic Old Catholic Conference, the two communions can continue to work together, Pope Francis counseled on Thursday. “The theological and ecclesiological questions that arose during our separation are now more difficult to overcome due to the increasing distance between us on matters of ministry and ethical … [Read more...]

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Pope on All Saints Day: Beatitudes will lead us to God

Rome, Italy, Nov 1, 2014 / 12:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During Mass for the Solemnity of All Souls at Rome’s Verano cemetery, Pope Francis exhorted believers to follow the way of the beatitudes, calling it the path that will lead to sanctity.“The people who go forward on the path of the beatitudes will reach God and become saints in that final meeting with Him,” the Holy Father said Nov. 1, Vatican Radio reported.He said, “in order to journey back to God the Father, … [Read more...]

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