Dinner and a warm place to sleep: How Rome is reaching out to the homeless

Rome, Italy, Jan 15, 2017 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As colder weather settled over Rome last week, two area charities have found ways to reach out to those without food or shelter during the cold winter nights: one by turning a church into a temporary shelter, another by partnering with a newly-opened McDonald’s near the Vatican.Medicina Solidale has plans to hand out around 50 meals to area homeless on Mondays starting Jan. 13 and continuing through June. The first 1,000 meals were … [Read more...]

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Maltese bishops: Divorced-and-remarried ‘at peace with God’ may receive Communion

Valletta, Malta, Jan 13, 2017 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As debate over Amoris laetitia continues to gain steam, the Maltese bishops have come out with a new set of pastoral guidelines allowing divorced-and-remarried persons in certain cases, after “honest discernment”, to receive Communion.The introduction to the guidelines opens by saying that “like the star which led the Magi toward their encounter with Jesus,” Amoris laetitia also “enlightens our families in … [Read more...]

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Knights of Malta say leader’s dismissal ‘more complex’ than condoms

Rome, Italy, Jan 12, 2017 / 10:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After former Grand Chancellor of the Knights of Malta Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager was dismissed in early December, many have pinpointed the decision to a contraception scandal related to a project he was overseeing.But a senior official of the Order has said that while the incident was a contributing factor in Boeselager’s resignation, the reasons – while confidential – are much broader.“The reasons for the … [Read more...]

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This Dominican sister just celebrated her 110th birthday

Dax, France, Jan 10, 2017 / 09:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Dominicans have posted on their social media a greeting for the 110th birthday of Sister Marie Bernadette, “the oldest Dominican sister in the world.”Sister Marie Bernadette, who lives in Dax, in France's Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, is not only the oldest sister in the order but she also set a historic record for her years of profession.In a Jan. 5 post on the Dominicains de Bordeaux Facebook page, the Dominicans … [Read more...]

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What an Italian bishop saw at his first exorcism

Rome, Italy, Jan 8, 2017 / 04:25 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Erio Castellucci has a response to those who think the devil is not real: “they’re mistaken.”“All you have to do is witness an exorcism to understand that evil is a specific entity, as well as a reality,” he told the Italian daily Il Resto del Carlino.  The Archbishop of Modena-Nonantola had seen possessed persons throughout his life, but he had never witnessed an exorcism. Then one of the two priest … [Read more...]

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Italian priest accused of organizing orgies, prostituting women

Rome, Italy, Jan 4, 2017 / 04:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian priest from northern Italy has been accused of pimping out some 15 women, as well as organizing and filming orgies in his rectory.The priest, 48 year-old Father Andrea Contin, was the parish priest at the church of San Lazzaro in Padua. He is under police investigation for psychological violence, aiding prostitution, and living off immoral earnings after three female parishioners filed complaints against him with Church and civil … [Read more...]

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McDonald’s near Vatican opens to mixed reactions

Rome, Italy, Jan 4, 2017 / 11:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Last week's opening of a McDonald's in a Vatican-owned property just around the corner from St. Peter's Square has been both welcomed and decried by Rome's locals.Some Romans have expressed joy on social media at the new restaurant, noting that the area around the Vatican is filled with overpriced restaurants catering to tourists, and suggesting the McDonald's could actually be more discreet.Others have worried about … [Read more...]

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