Pope invites Georgian Orthodox to unity through baptism

Tbilisi, Georgia, Oct 1, 2016 / 10:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to Georgia's religious and civil authorities on Saturday, Pope Francis affirmed the country's Christian identity, and called the Georgian Orthodox Church to recall the unity of baptism among Christian believers.“Those baptized in Christ, as Saint Paul teaches, have been clothed in Christ,” the Pope said Oct. 1 at Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta, located just 15 miles northwest of Tbilisi, the Georgian … [Read more...]

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In Georgia visit, Pope finds a country of Christian tensions

Tbilisi, Georgia, Sep 30, 2016 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on his visit to Georgia will find a country where dialogue among Christians is particularly difficult, with cool relations between the Georgian Orthodox Church and the country’s tiny Catholic minority.For this reason his trip is “ecumenical, but not according to the common meaning of the word ecumenism,” a top official of the Catholic Church in Georgia told CNA.The Georgian Orthodox Church – an … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to Georgian Orthodox: Christ’s love unites us

Tbilisi, Georgia, Sep 30, 2016 / 08:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- God's love and our unity in Christ are what enable us to overcome conflict and disagreement, and to spread the Gospel – which is what bears spiritual and artistic fruit, Pope Francis said in Georgia on Friday.“Truly, the love of the Lord raises us up, because it enables us to rise above the misunderstandings of the past, above the calculations of the present and fears for the future,” the Pope said in a meeting … [Read more...]

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In Georgia, Pope says true peace is built on justice, mutual respect

Tbilisi, Georgia, Sep 30, 2016 / 06:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis landed in Georgia Friday, telling leaders of the former Soviet republic that peace is urgent in today’s troubled world, and can only be achieved by the pursuit of justice and mutual respect for the sovereign rights of every nation.After landing in Georgia Sept. 30, the Pope insisted that peaceful coexistence among all peoples and states in the region “is the indispensable and prior condition” for an … [Read more...]

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‘Our generation can stop abortion’, says pro-life leader in Poland

Warsaw, Poland, Sep 30, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Magdalena Korzekwa-Kaliszuk, director of campaigns for CitizenGo in Poland, has pointed to last week's progress of a bill in the Polish parliament banning abortion as a “triple victory,” saying, “our generation can stop abortion.”On Sept. 23, with a 267-154 vote in favor, Polish lawmakers sent a bill that seeks the total ban of abortion in the country to committee for further consideration.Abortion is … [Read more...]

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At the heart of the Church, EWTN launches new Rome office

Rome, Italy, Sep 29, 2016 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The EWTN News Rome Bureau is now is just minutes from St. Peter’s Square, having launched its new office on Thursday. The occasion sparked reflection on Mother Angelica’s legacy and the media network’s mission to serve the gospel.“Today with this launch we step out in a new chapter in how we can serve our EWTN family with information from Rome,” Michael Warsaw, president of EWTN Global Catholic Network, told … [Read more...]

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‘We have faced the mercy of God’ – An interview with Cardinal Koch

Rome, Italy, Sep 28, 2016 / 12:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of years before Martin Luther broke away from the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope in the western world, the Great Eastern Schism created a division between Rome and Constantinople.The split of Christianity in the Orthodox churches of the east and the Roman Catholic Church in the west was formally completed in the year 1054. On December 7, 1965, Pope Paul VI in Rome and the ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras in Istanbul terminated … [Read more...]

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