Make unity a priority, Pope Francis says at Reformation anniversary

Lund, Sweden, Oct 31, 2016 / 12:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While in Sweden to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Pope Francis heard moving testimonies from both Lutherans and Catholics working to better society, giving thanks for their witness and praying for greater unity.“We remember this anniversary with a renewed spirit and in the recognition that Christian unity is a priority, because we realize that much more unites us than separates us,” the Pope said at an … [Read more...]

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In joint declaration, Catholics and Lutherans emphasize unity

Lund, Sweden, Oct 31, 2016 / 08:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a joint declaration signed on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Catholic and Lutheran leaders apologized for division in the Church and pledged to work for greater unity.“Fifty years of sustained and fruitful ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Lutherans have helped us to overcome many differences, and have deepened our mutual understanding and trust,” the statement said.“At the same time, we have … [Read more...]

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Basilica of St. Benedict destroyed in earthquake

Amatrice, Italy, Oct 30, 2016 / 08:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A large earthquake struck the central Italian town of Norcia this morning, leveling the Basilica of St. Benedict and several other buildings in the town.The earthquake, which occurred around 7:40 a.m. local time, had a magnitude of 6.6 on the Richter scale, making it larger than the 6.2-magnitude quake which hit near the towns of Norcia and Amatrice on Aug. 24.The Basilica of St. Benedict, built between 1290 and 1338 was located on … [Read more...]

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Want to end child soldiers? Stop fighting, Sudanese archbishop says

Rome, Italy, Oct 29, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Paulino Luduku Loro of Jubo, South Sudan has said that when it comes to the dramatic and widespread phenomena of child soldiers in his country’s conflict, the only way to stop it is to end the fighting and focus on talking about the issues.“The only solution we have been saying is stop fighting, stop war, so that we fight in dialogue. Because there are reasons why these people, these child soldiers are … [Read more...]

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For Cardinal Kasper, ‘Amoris laetitia’ allows new pastoral practices

Munich, Germany, Oct 28, 2016 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent article for a German journal, Cardinal Walter Kasper – a protagonist for the admission of the divorced-and-remarried to Holy Communion – has written that Amoris laetitia marks a “paradigm shift” that allows for a “changed pastoral practice.”“There is leeway in the concrete elaboration of the dogmatic principles’ practical pastoral consequences,” the president emeritus of … [Read more...]

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To stop human trafficking, look at root causes, survivor says

Rome, Italy, Oct 27, 2016 / 03:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Helping the victims of human trafficking is not enough – we must go to the root to solve the problem, said one survivor at an event with Pope Francis on Thursday.“When we are spending money only for the victims, more are coming (through trafficking), hearing the news that if you come, you have a place to stay, you have food to eat, you have clothes to wear, and you can go to school,” Princess Inyang told CNA Oct. … [Read more...]

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For EU’s religious freedom envoy, Middle East is key arena

Brussels, Belgium, Oct 27, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The genocide of Yazidis and Christians in the Middle East and the refugee crisis should be a priority for Europe, the EU special envoy for religious freedom has said.Jan Figel told CNA that even though “there many other places where religious freedom is liquidated, discriminated and oppressed,” the Middle East is an unavoidable focus.“It is evident that what it is going on the Middle East affects the rest of the … [Read more...]

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