Priests in Rome get a surprise visit from Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Jun 17, 2016 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday afternoon Pope Francis visited two communities of priests in Rome as part of his “Mercy Friday” initiative to spend time with various groups each month during the Jubilee of Mercy.“This afternoon, continuing the series of ‘Mercy Friday’ jubilee initiatives, Pope Francis decided to turn his attention to priests,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, said in a June 17 communique.The … [Read more...]

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Men on trial for alleged mock crucifixion of teen at work

London, England, Jun 17, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A teenager and practicing Catholic in the United Kingdom was reportedly tied to a cross and hung from a wall in a campaign of bullying by four of his older, male co-workers.The victim, 19, also allegedly had religious and phallic symbols drawn on his body with permanent marker, was tied to a chair, had deodorant sprayed towards him and ignited and was violently lifted off the ground by his underpants in various alleged incidents, the … [Read more...]

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Most marriages today are invalid, Pope Francis suggests

Rome, Italy, Jun 16, 2016 / 02:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said Thursday that the great majority of marriages today are not valid, because couples do not enter into them with a proper understanding of permanence and commitment.“We live in a culture of the provisional,” the Pope said in impromptu remarks June 16. After addressing the Diocese of Rome’s pastoral congress, he held a question-and-answer session.A layman asked about the “crisis of marriage” … [Read more...]

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Can the Eastern Orthodox still hold a ‘pan-Orthodox Council’?

Istanbul, Turkey, Jun 16, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople maintains the “pan-Orthodox Council” scheduled to begin on Sunday will take place, the gathering is in disarray after four Eastern Orthodox Churches announced they would not be taking part.The Holy and and Great Council, as it is officially known, was meant to gather the bishops of the 14 autocephalous Eastern Orthodox Churches to discuss the mission of Orthodoxy in … [Read more...]

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How the Pope’s visit to Auschwitz will shape World Youth Day

Washington D.C., Jun 16, 2016 / 03:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Since the very first World Youth Day in 1986, the international Catholic event has been marked by prayer, music, and fellowship among thousands of young people eager to encounter the Pope.This year’s gathering in Krakow, Poland will feature the same elements – but it will also be unique, with the Pope’s visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.Paul Jarzembowski, the World Youth Day USA Coordinator at the … [Read more...]

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Pope greets graduates of Rome course on protecting minors from abuse

Rome, Italy, Jun 14, 2016 / 11:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The first graduates of an international diploma course on safeguarding minors received a special greeting from Pope Francis, who encouraged the students and faculty to be courageous in their work against sexual abuse.“I want to thank you and all your faculty for this commitment to the prevention of sexual abuse of minors,” the Pope said in a letter to the director of the Centre for Child Protection (CCP), the initiative that … [Read more...]

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UN rules that Ireland’s abortion ban violates human rights

Dublin, Ireland, Jun 13, 2016 / 03:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life groups in Ireland are charging that a United Nations human rights committee contradicted its mission when it ruled that the Republic of Ireland’s laws against abortion violated a woman’s rights.The ruling’s critics included Niamh Ui Bhriain of Ireland’s Life Institute.“Instead of protecting the most vulnerable, the U.N. has chosen, yet again, to champion abortion, and has trampled on the right … [Read more...]

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