Pope Francis blesses man with severely disfigured face

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2013 / 11:51 am (CNA).- Continuing his efforts to promote a “culture of encounter” with the disabled, Pope Francis again embraced a severely disfigured man after his Nov. 20 weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square.The Pope spoke with a man who lacks facial features, embraced him and gave him a blessing. Pope Francis then smiled at the man, kissed him and gestured toward the sky in the midst of a crowded square.The cause of the man’s … [Read more...]

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Church is ‘depository’ of God’s forgiveness, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2013 / 05:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis spoke about the power Jesus gave the apostles to forgive sins in his name, stating that priest’s should exercise this ministry with “humility.”“The Church is the depository of this power. It is not an owner, it is the servant of the ministry of reconciliation on behalf of men,” the Pope explained during his Nov. 20 general audience.Continuing his reflections on … [Read more...]

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Cardinal O’Malley: cohabitation, student debt threaten marriage

Baltimore, Md., Nov 20, 2013 / 04:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cultural trends discouraging marriage are among the biggest challenges to the Church in the U.S., says Cardinal Seán O'Malley, who also sees signs of renewal and hope among young people."Concerns about marriage – people not getting married, falloff in Mass attendance, (and the) challenge of catechizing the young Catholics" are some of the more troubling trends facing Catholicism in the U.S., the Archbishop of … [Read more...]

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Rome program aims to better priests’ engagement with media

Rome, Italy, Nov 20, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an effort to equip future priests to better encounter the mass media, one seminary in Rome now provides a hands-on workshop in social communications.“We need to be part of the world-wide conversation that is happening on social issues, on religion, on faith – and we can do that by being able to give educated and effective responses to the media when asked,” explained instructor Ashley Noronha in an interview with CNA … [Read more...]

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Knights of Columbus’ Pope documentary now on DVD

Rome, Italy, Nov 20, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- The Knights of Columbus' new documentary on the life of Pope Francis and his election to the papacy will be available on DVD starting Nov. 20.“This documentary arrives as the world realizes that a very special man has assumed the leadership of the Catholic Church, and this begins – but does not end – with his gestures of humility and care for everyone,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus, an … [Read more...]

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South Sudanese bishops praise national progress, urge reform

Juba, South Sudan, Nov 19, 2013 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The  bishops of South Sudan find “much to celebrate” in the newly independent country, praising peaceful advances, while also noting causes for concern. “Building a new nation is not a quick nor easy task. Most of our people are living in peace and democracy for the first time in decades. There is religious freedom, with Muslims, Christians and followers of African traditional religion able to practice their … [Read more...]

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Colombians pray for baby girl who awoke in morgue

Bogotá, Colombia, Nov 19, 2013 / 12:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Updated on Nov. 19, 2013 at 3:29 p.m. MST: It was confirmed on Tuesday that baby Milagros died on the morning of Nov. 18 after nearly a week of fighting for her life.In statements to CNA, the assistant manager of the Clinica Santa Teresita, Clemencia Castro, said the baby died from respiratory arrest after she was unable to respond to the efforts “of the medical and paramedical team.” Castro added that the clinic deeply … [Read more...]

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