Communion for divorced and remarried? Africa’s bishops have other concerns, cardinal says

Rome, Italy, Feb 19, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading African cardinal says the continent's bishops want the upcoming Vatican synod to zero-in on strengthening the Church with good families – before getting sidetracked on other issues such as the contentious debate over allowing Communion for divorced and remarried couples. Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban was in Rome last week for a meeting of African bishops – known as the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of … [Read more...]

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Amid string of break-ins, Bishop of Ars removes Blessed Sacrament from parishes

Paris, France, Feb 18, 2015 / 12:35 pm (CNA).- Bishop Pascal Roland of Belley-Ars in France has ordered that the Blessed Sacrament be removed from all chapels and churches in the diocese following a wave of sacrileges that have taken place in recent days. After numerous tabernacles were profaned and consecrated hosts were stolen, Bishop Roland issued an ordinance instructing that “the Blessed Sacrament shall be removed from the tabernacles of all the churches and parish chapels and be … [Read more...]

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How Benedict XVI and his ‘scandalous’ hero speak to the modern crisis

Rome, Italy, Feb 15, 2015 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Theological giants Benedict XVI and one of his heroes – the controversial Cardinal Jean Danielou – have been hailed for illuminating through their respective works the ever-relevant answer to a modern world in crisis: Jesus Christ. “If you want to be modern, you have to look at Jesus,” Rome-based theology professor Father Giulio Maspero told CNA Feb. 13. And through the writings of the late French cardinal in particular, he noted, the Chris … [Read more...]

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A cardinal for migrants: Italy’s Archbishop Francesco Montenegro

Agrigento, Italy, Feb 13, 2015 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Francesco Montenegro of Agrigento still feels himself more of a priest with concern for the poor than a cardinal, even though he will be given the red biretta this Saturday.His local Church includes Lampedusa, the small Italian island near Tunisia which is the destination of many African and Middle Eastern emigrants, and which was the destination of Francis' first trip outside Rome after his election as … [Read more...]

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Ukrainian Catholic bishops urge prayer, fasting ahead of Sunday’s ceasefire

Kyiv, Ukraine, Feb 12, 2015 / 05:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Ukrainian Catholic bishops in the US issued a letter on Wednesday asking their faithful to pray and fast for peace, a day before a tentative ceasefire in Ukraine was agreed on which would end 10 months of fighting. The Feb. 11 letter urged prayers for “the president and elected officials of Ukraine, for the conversion of the aggressors, for the Ukrainian army, for those who protect citizens, for the souls of the deceased, and … [Read more...]

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Enough talk about talking – Iraqi priest calls for action on ISIS

Rome, Italy, Feb 12, 2015 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Iraqi priest currently living in Rome said that those living the nightmare of ISIS are tired of hearing talk about dialogue and human rights, and are ready to see concrete action on the part of political leaders. “Like many other terms, dialogue is abused like the words democracy, peace, defending human rights and many other words. (They) are profaned because everybody talks about them, but in their heart they have other … [Read more...]

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As church-goers wane, Germany’s controversial tax prompts unease

Rome, Italy, Feb 12, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While church attendees dwindle in Germany, questions have arisen once again over the controversial state-imposed church tax – and whether it's time for the country's bishops to address concerns around it. “We are in a time when more and more people realize that the financial apparatus Church works well, that the facade is optimal but what is behind it? Where is the true faith?” asked Martin Lohmann, Catholic … [Read more...]

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