Vatican astronomer yawns at frenzy over Pope’s Big Bang words

Rome, Italy, Oct 30, 2014 / 03:26 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- A leading Vatican astronomer said that although some see Pope Francis' recent words on the Big Bang as signifying a change in the Church's stance on the issue, the pontiff in fact said nothing new. “It is important to emphasize that Pope Francis was not saying anything new or 'breaking with tradition' as I saw one commentator put it,” Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J. told CNA  Oct. 29. Br. … [Read more...]

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Philly archdiocese: RNS blogger ‘inventing own reality’

Philadelphia, Pa., Oct 30, 2014 / 09:48 am (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has shrugged off a recent blog post that sought to pit Pope Francis against Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on the death penalty.   “Some blogs are like videogames; they invent their own reality,” Kenneth Gavin, a spokesman for the archdiocese, told CNA Oct. 28.   “Archbishop Chaput has been vocal and vigorous in opposing the death penalty for more than 40 years. That’s a matter … [Read more...]

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The devil is no myth – he’s real and we must fight him, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 30, 2014 / 08:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Thursday, Pope Francis said that the devil is more than an idea, and in order to fight him, we must follow St. Paul’s instructions and put on the armor of God which protects us. “In this generation, like so many others, people have been led to believe that the devil is a myth, a figure, an idea, the idea of evil. But the devil exists and we must fight against him,” the Pope told those present in the … [Read more...]

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Displaced Christians in Kurdistan – ‘Their tears have run dry’

Erbil, Iraq, Oct 30, 2014 / 04:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians who were forced from their homes in northern Iraq by the Islamic State this summer are a people whose soul is being destroyed, said a priest who visited Kurdish Iraq, where many have taken refuge. “Without question, we are talking about genocide here. Genocide is not only when the people are killed, but also when the soul of a people is destroyed. And that is what is happening in Iraq now,” Fr. Andrzej Halemba, head … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Aquila: Media missed message of joy at synod

Denver, Colo., Oct 30, 2014 / 02:47 am (CNA).- The joy of the Gospel of Marriage is alive, said Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, explaining that although the mainstream media may have missed the message at the recent Synod on the Family, Pope Francis’ remarks were “especially clear.” “In the days since the Synod on the Family ended, I have had some people tell me they are confused or worried about the results of the gathering,” Archbishop Aquila stated in an … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Aquila: Media missed message of joy at synod

Denver, Colo., Oct 30, 2014 / 02:47 am (CNA).- The joy of the Gospel of Marriage is alive, said Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, explaining that although the mainstream media may have missed the message at the recent Synod on the Family, Pope Francis’ remarks were “especially clear.” “In the days since the Synod on the Family ended, I have had some people tell me they are confused or worried about the results of the gathering,” Archbishop Aquila stated in an … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Aquila: Media missed message of joy at synod

Denver, Colo., Oct 30, 2014 / 02:47 am (CNA).- The joy of the Gospel of Marriage is alive, said Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, explaining that although the mainstream media may have missed the message at the recent Synod on the Family, Pope Francis’ remarks were “especially clear.” “In the days since the Synod on the Family ended, I have had some people tell me they are confused or worried about the results of the gathering,” Archbishop Aquila stated in an … [Read more...]

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