Family life requires love of God, say married synod participants

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sep 30, 2014 / 10:58 pm (CNA).- A Brazilian couple who will speak at the upcoming Synod on the Family at the Vatican said they hope to convey the necessity of realizing God’s essential role in marriage and family life. “When we received the news it was a surprise because this is such an important event. We are thankful for this great blessing. It's an honor and at the same time a great responsibility,” said Arturo and Hermelinda de Sa Zamperline, … [Read more...]

Interview excerpts: Cardinal Kasper responds

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sep 29, 2014 / 02:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sept. 29, the Argentine daily La Nacion published an interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper, who has drawn significant media attention for suggesting that some of those who have been divorced and remarried should be permitted to receive Communion. The Church holds that a person cannot enter a new marriage if their initial marriage is valid. Those who are living together as husband and wife when they are bound to a different … [Read more...]

Paraguayan bishop obedient, but has grievance over removal

Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, Sep 26, 2014 / 03:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano has accepted in obedience Pope Francis’ decision to remove him from governance of the Ciudad del Este diocese, though he says the action resulted from a flawed apostolic visitation and that his country is in vital need of Christian renewal. “As an obedient son of the Church, I nevertheless accept this decision, despite considering it to be unfounded and arbitrary,” Bishop … [Read more...]

Pope removes Paraguayan bishop from governance of diocese

Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, Sep 25, 2014 / 10:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Thursday removed Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano from governance of the Diocese of of Cuidad del Este, in eastern Paraguay, following an apostolic visitation of the diocese which took place in July. “This was a difficult decision on the part of the Holy See, taken for serious pastoral reasons and for the greater good of the unity of the Church in Ciudad del Este and the episcopal communion in … [Read more...]

Cuban Church to focus on evangelization in new pastoral plan

Havana, Cuba, Sep 16, 2014 / 03:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in Cuba recently unveiled its pastoral plan for 2014-2020, which will encourage the faithful to engage in evangelization and respond to the call of Pope Francis.   Entitled “On the Road to Emmaus,” the plan offers a three-part reflection on the social and political reality and on the Church in the country. The first part invites the faithful “to look beyond sociological aspects and at the life of our … [Read more...]

Francis’ letter to Cubans: Imitate Mary’s joy, haste, perseverance

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Sep 7, 2014 / 10:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Marking the feast of the patroness of Cuba, Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, Pope Francis on Monday sent a letter to Archbishop Dionisio Garcia Ibanez of Santiago encouraging the faithful of the island country to remain steadfast in their devotion to the Virgin Mary. The Pope remarked particularly on three virtues that are seen in the account of Mary found in the Gospels: her joy, seen when she conceived Christ; her service, … [Read more...]

Venezuelan cardinal: praying the ‘Our Chavez’ is idolatrous

Caracas, Venezuela, Sep 3, 2014 / 03:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of Caracas demanded Wednesday that the Our Father be respected, after the Venezuelan government presented a prayer to the country's late president, Hugo Chavez, which is a parody of the Lord's Prayer. “In recent days a new version of Christianity’s most universal prayer, the ‘Our Father,’ has been made known. In it, the prayer is addressed to deceased President Chavez instead of to God … [Read more...]


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