#savealeppo – International movement urges a ceasefire in the Syrian city

Rome, Italy, Nov 19, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the battle over Syria's largest city has raged for more than two years, the Community of Sant'Egidio on Tuesday launched a campaign for international solidarity to promote a truce in the historic metropolis. Andrea Riccardi, founder of the lay association known for its dedication to peace, said Nov. 18 that “Aleppo, a world of cohabitation, where Christians and Muslims lived together, is going to be destroyed. It is not a … [Read more...]

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Pope’s visit to Philly will be ‘icing on the cake’ for family meeting

Rome, Italy, Nov 17, 2014 / 04:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After Pope Francis officially confirmed that he will visit Philadelphia next fall for the World Meeting of Families, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said the trip will be a blessing for the event and the world. The Philadelphia archbishop explained that while the Pope had already said privately that he would come, it “gave me great joy” to hear the official announcement. “This way we can prepare more formally with our … [Read more...]

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‘The right to forget’: sins are left behind in the confessional

Rome, Italy, Nov 17, 2014 / 10:47 am (CNA).- Speaking about the “right to forget” sins after confessing them, a Vatican official stressed that God’s mercy truly frees us from our past sins if we truly repent of them. Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, the head of the Apostolic Penitentiary – a Vatican tribunal dealing with issues involving the forgiveness of sins as well as indulgences – explained that while “it is right to sanction someone who has made a … [Read more...]

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Domestic violence increasingly on the Vatican’s radar

Rome, Italy, Nov 13, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA).- A Catholic psychologist who recently met with the Pontifical Council for the Laity says violence between partners is still a massive problem globally – and it's gaining more attention from the Vatican. “Domestic violence, currently called intimate partner violence (IPV) in professional literature to distinguish partner violence from child abuse, is still a very common problem in the U.S.,” Dr. Christauria Welland, Psy.D. told … [Read more...]

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Priest swaps clerical hats with a ‘sharp, healthy’ Benedict XVI

Rome, Italy, Nov 12, 2014 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest who met and exchanged zucchettos with retired pontiff Benedict XVI last week marveled at the former pope's joy, mental clarity and good health.“We were so, so enthused by the joy in Benedict, (by his) his serenity. He's a man at peace, at peace in the will of God for him today, which is to pray for the Church,” Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo told CNA Nov. 7. Benedict XVI is like a wise grandfather, he said, … [Read more...]

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UK pro-lifers throw rare legal punch against sex-selective abortion

London, England, Nov 12, 2014 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Claiming that the government has turned a blind eye to sex-selective abortions, British pro-life activists are launching a rare private prosecution against two doctors accused of promoting the illegal practice. “Again we have seen the establishment stand silent in the face of the abortion industry, hoping that the horrors will be swept under the carpet and the problems go away,” said Aisling Hubert, a pro-life campaigner … [Read more...]

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Education to love: the real issue for the next Synod on the Family

Rome, Italy, Nov 12, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The lack of a proper 'education to love' is the major issue at stake with regard to family – being more compelling than the issues of the divorced and remarried or same-sex attracted persons, Msgr. Livio Melina has stressed. Msgr. Melina is president of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Speaking with CNA Nov. 6, he explained that the institute feels it “has a vocation to … [Read more...]

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