US bishops join call to end American embargo of Cuba

Washington D.C., Sep 30, 2013 / 04:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In solidarity with a recent pastoral letter by the Cuban bishops, Des Moines Bishop Richard E. Pates has voiced support for an end to America's embargo against Cuba, which has been in place since 1959.“We urge efforts to lift the U.S. embargo against Cuba so that greater support and assistance can flow to ordinary Cubans,” Bishop Pates wrote in a Sept. 26 letter to Susan Rice, the U.S. National Security … [Read more...]

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Bishops push for conscience protections in government funding

Washington D.C., Sep 30, 2013 / 01:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Leaders of the U.S. bishops have written to lawmakers insisting on the importance of including religious liberty protections and the conscience rights of health care workers as part of government funding negotiations.“Protection for conscience rights in health care is of especially great importance to the Catholic Church, which daily contributes to the welfare of U.S. society through schools, social services, hospitals and … [Read more...]

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Peace requires tenacious, intelligent dialogue, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 30, 2013 / 10:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his morning homily, Pope Francis spoke to religious leaders of various faith traditions, saying that fostering peace is a responsibility which can only be attained through dialogue. Present at the Pope’s Sept. 30 Mass in the Santa Marta guesthouse of the Vatican were the participants of the International Meeting for Peace in the spirit of Assisi, organized by the Rome-based Community of Saint Egidio. The Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis, cardinals begin first set of reform meetings

Vatican City, Sep 30, 2013 / 08:27 am (CNA).- The council of eight cardinals chosen by Pope Francis to advise him on church governance and curia reform will begin their first official meeting tomorrow, Oct.1. “The institution of the council of cardinal,” said Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J. in a Sept. 30 press briefing “is a further enrichment provided by the Pope to the governance of the Church.” Fr. Lombardi recalled that the formation of such a … [Read more...]

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John Paul II, John XXIII to be canonized Divine Mercy Sunday

Rome, Italy, Sep 30, 2013 / 03:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has announced that former Popes John Paul II and John XXIII are slated to be canonized this coming spring.The announcement was made following the Sept. 30 consistory, in which the Holy Father proclaimed that the pontiffs would be canonized together April 27, 2014 on the second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday.A consistory is a meeting where the Pope and the College of Cardinals come together to discuss and determine … [Read more...]

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Similarity between porn, drug addictions ‘not surprising’

Kaukauna, Wis., Sep 29, 2013 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The co-founder of a pornography addiction recovery program said that a recent Cambridge study showing identical brain activity in addicts to pornography, drugs and alcohol is “spot on.”According to The Sunday Times of Sept. 22, neuropsychiatrists at Cambridge found that the portion of the brain stimulated in drug and alcohol addicts lights up in the same way as it does for porn addicts viewing explicit materials. The brains … [Read more...]

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Materialism robs us of our humanity, warns Pope Francis

Vatican City, Sep 29, 2013 / 09:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis celebrated Mass in cloudy St. Peter’s Square this morning, cautioning the faithful against the danger of losing their personal identity to materialism.“Whenever material things, money, worldliness, become the center of our lives, they take hold of us, they possess us; we lose our very identity as human beings,” he said on September 29.Sunday’s Mass was held at the close of an international weekend … [Read more...]

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