A follow-up from Robert Spaemann on Amoris Laetitia

Munich, Germany, Jun 20, 2016 / 10:00 am (CNA).- In April, Robert Spaemann, emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Munich, attracted significant attention for an interview with Anian Christoph Wimmer, editor of CNA's German-language edition.Greatly valued as an advisor by Saint John Paul II, a friend of Benedict XVI, and widely held to be the most important German Catholic philosopher of recent decades, Spaemann expressed a distinctly critical interpretation of Amoris … [Read more...]

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Pan-Orthodox Council still a go – spokesman for Ecumenical Patriarch

Heraklion, Greece, Jun 17, 2016 / 06:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite last-minute defections by representatives of four Orthodox Patriarchates, a spokesman for the Ecumenical Patriarch insists that the Council of the Orthodox Churches will still speak for all of Eastern Orthodoxy and will foster Orthodox unity as well.“The Holy and Great Council may not have all Churches in attendance, but I find it very difficult not to call it ‘Pan-Orthodox’,” Father John Chryssavgis … [Read more...]

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Priests in Rome get a surprise visit from Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Jun 17, 2016 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday afternoon Pope Francis visited two communities of priests in Rome as part of his “Mercy Friday” initiative to spend time with various groups each month during the Jubilee of Mercy.“This afternoon, continuing the series of ‘Mercy Friday’ jubilee initiatives, Pope Francis decided to turn his attention to priests,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, said in a June 17 communique.The … [Read more...]

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Priests in Rome get a surprise visit from Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Jun 17, 2016 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday afternoon Pope Francis visited two communities of priests in Rome as part of his “Mercy Friday” initiative to spend time with various groups each month during the Jubilee of Mercy.“This afternoon, continuing the series of ‘Mercy Friday’ jubilee initiatives, Pope Francis decided to turn his attention to priests,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, said in a June 17 communique.The … [Read more...]

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Men on trial for alleged mock crucifixion of teen at work

London, England, Jun 17, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A teenager and practicing Catholic in the United Kingdom was reportedly tied to a cross and hung from a wall in a campaign of bullying by four of his older, male co-workers.The victim, 19, also allegedly had religious and phallic symbols drawn on his body with permanent marker, was tied to a chair, had deodorant sprayed towards him and ignited and was violently lifted off the ground by his underpants in various alleged incidents, the … [Read more...]

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Most marriages today are invalid, Pope Francis suggests

Rome, Italy, Jun 16, 2016 / 02:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said Thursday that the great majority of marriages today are not valid, because couples do not enter into them with a proper understanding of permanence and commitment.“We live in a culture of the provisional,” the Pope said in impromptu remarks June 16. After addressing the Diocese of Rome’s pastoral congress, he held a question-and-answer session.A layman asked about the “crisis of marriage” … [Read more...]

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Can the Eastern Orthodox still hold a ‘pan-Orthodox Council’?

Istanbul, Turkey, Jun 16, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople maintains the “pan-Orthodox Council” scheduled to begin on Sunday will take place, the gathering is in disarray after four Eastern Orthodox Churches announced they would not be taking part.The Holy and and Great Council, as it is officially known, was meant to gather the bishops of the 14 autocephalous Eastern Orthodox Churches to discuss the mission of Orthodoxy in … [Read more...]

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