Young men at ordination: ‘I can’t imagine a better way to live’

Rome, Italy, Oct 3, 2014 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Transitional deacons ordained this week in St. Peter’s Basilica shared their experience of overwhelming joy in serving God, which stems from a life of sacrifice that’s worth giving everything to live. “I went to George Washington University in D.C. and met great priests, friends and mentors, and they taught me that priesthood is something joyful, and wonderful and worth giving your life for,” Deacon Conrad Murphy of … [Read more...]

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Calif. abortion mandate deemed a ‘flagrant violation’ of civil rights

Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 3, 2014 / 04:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The California government “directly targeted” two Catholic universities and violated federally guaranteed civil rights by ordering their health insurance plans to cover abortions, the California Catholic Conference has charged. “This is a coercive and discriminatory action by the State of California,” Bishop Robert McElroy, an auxiliary bishop of San Francisco, said Oct. 1. On Aug. 22, Michelle Rouillard, … [Read more...]

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Leading US bishop: Synod to help faithful embrace Church teaching

Louisville, Ky., Oct 3, 2014 / 03:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The upcoming Synod on the Family is a chance to support and accompany Catholic families as they learn to appreciate the Church’s Scripture-based teachings on marriage and family, said the head of the U.S. bishops’ conference. “This is the week of preparation for the Synod on the Family,” Archbishop Kurtz stated in a blog post on Sept. 30, saying that he has “come to Rome with great support and insights … [Read more...]

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Vatican official says synod is ‘about family, not divorce’

Vatican City, Oct 3, 2014 / 12:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a press conference revealing the official working calendar for the synod of bishops, the group's secretary general said the event will take on a new flavor and shouldn't be pegged to just one issue. “The Synod is about family, not divorce. Let's not monopolize it with Western problems,” Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri said Oct. 3 in response to a question surrounding the topic of divorced and remarried … [Read more...]

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Pope: Do we try to be saved on our own or through Christ?

Vatican City, Oct 3, 2014 / 10:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy Father reflected on today’s Gospel reading from Luke 10:13-16, saying that it was the leaders of Christ’s day who “close(d) the door to God’s way of salvation.” In this passage, Christ admonishes the people of Charazin and Bethsaida for their hard-heartedness towards his message of salvation and warns them, “If the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long … [Read more...]

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Reese Witherspoon says latest film inspires with Christian hope

Hollywood, Calif., Oct 3, 2014 / 04:09 am (CNA).- Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon stars in a new film about the Lost Boys of Sudan, which she says features strong Christian messages of faith in God and perseverance in the face of hardship.   “It is true in lots and lots of Hollywood scripts in my career, it is rare that you get the opportunity to make a film about something that has a great Christian message,” Witherspoon told CNA in a recent phone … [Read more...]

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‘There is no authentic and true pastoral care against doctrine’

Rome, Italy, Oct 3, 2014 / 02:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite media expectations for the upcoming synod of bishops, Pope Francis will make his final decisions in his legitimate role as Pope, and will certainly carry forward a line of renewal in continuity, an archbishop and historian has said. Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, secretary emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, said to CNA Oct. 1 that “Pope Francis cannot be a revolutionary; he … [Read more...]

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