Ahead of the synod, LGBT activists lobby bishops. Here’s what they want.

Rome, Italy, Oct 2, 2015 / 03:08 pm (CNA).- As the Synod on the Family approaches, a well-funded LGBT activist coalition is lobbying bishops to revive controversial language from the debates of the 2014 extraordinary synod. It also advocates that the synod adopt the practices of dissenting Catholic groups. The European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups is among the organizers of the “Ways of Love” conference of LGBT Catholic activists and their allies. The conference will be held … [Read more...]

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This event hopes to bring the voice of chaste, gay Catholics to the Synod

Rome, Italy, Oct 1, 2015 / 06:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An upcoming international conference in Rome is hoping to give a face to those with same-sex attraction living in accord with the Church's teaching on homosexuality – and to help make their voice heard at the Synod on the Family. Centering on the pastoral needs of men and women who experience homosexual tendencies, the conference is partly in response to the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family, where persons with same-sex … [Read more...]

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Catalan bishops: Church can’t make specific proposals on independence from Spain

Barcelona, Spain, Sep 29, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catalan regional bishops conference last Tuesday issued a statement ahead of Sunday's regional election – widely seen as an informal referendum on independence – saying the Church will not propose specifics, but can agree with positions that have “moral legitimacy.” Catalonia is an autonomous community in northeastern Spain centered on Barcelona, which in recent years has seen agitation for … [Read more...]

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After assisted suicide bill fails, English bishops urge greater care for the dying

London, England, Sep 11, 2015 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A measure that would have legalized assisted suicide in England and Wales failed in the British Parliament Friday by a vote of 330-118, much to the relief of both Catholic and Anglican leaders in the nation. “I welcome Parliament’s recognition of the grave risks that this bill posed to the lives of our society’s most vulnerable people,” said Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark in a Sept. 11 statement on behalf … [Read more...]

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Queen Elizabeth II’s remarkable reign – and what her faith has to do with it

Rome, Italy, Sep 9, 2015 / 03:20 pm (CNA).- She has met the Beatles. She speaks fluent French. She has survived 12 U.S. Presidents and she even has a Facebook page. She served in WWII, driving a truck for the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service where she was known to change a flat tire or two. Today, Queen Elizabeth II adds on to her diverse list of accomplishments by becoming the longest-reigning monarch in British history with 63 years, 7 months and two days under her … [Read more...]

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Families take in refugees as Pope calls on Europe’s churches to open their doors

Rome, Italy, Sep 7, 2015 / 03:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With many European families already opening their homes to refugees, the current head of the Jesuit's refugee agency says Pope Francis' appeal for parishes to open their doors offers a practical way of combating what is otherwise an overwhelming crisis. The Roman Pontiff's call for Europe's parishes to take in refugees  is “a very practical, concrete, manageable, idea,” said Fr. Peter Balleis, S.J., the … [Read more...]

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Papal pop-by at Roman eyewear shop draws an enthusiastic crowd

Rome, Italy, Sep 3, 2015 / 03:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Even the most ho-hum errands become extraordinary if it’s the Pope who’s running them. And it is no different for Pope Francis, who popped in to his eye doctor on Thursday to get some new lenses and attracted a mob of onlookers in a matter of minutes.   Pope Francis visits shop in Via del Babuino and tries new glasses pic.twitter.com/TGihuph5ST — Lorenzo Totaro (@ltotaro) September 3, 2015 The Pope … [Read more...]

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