Vatican to the world: Displaced immigrants deserve your attention

Geneva, Switzerland, Oct 9, 2014 / 12:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Noting an alarming increase in forcibly-displaced migrants around the world, the Holy See has asked the United Nations to take a more proactive role in working to prevent displacements. “Today we have reached the highest number of forcibly displaced persons since World War II. It is not merely an increase in quantity, but there is also a concomitant increase of complexity due to non-state actors in current conflicts and … [Read more...]

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Don’t expect ‘sound bite solutions’ from synod, US cardinal says

Rome, Italy, Oct 7, 2014 / 03:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While there will not be any quick fixes unveiled at this year’s synod, a fair amount of talk can be expected on the application of the Church’s pastoral practice, predicted Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington. “I think one of the things that’s a challenge is that this synod is not going to be offering sound bite solutions. It can’t,” Cardinal Wuerl told CNA Oct. 4. “We live in a world that … [Read more...]

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True pastoral work never contradicts doctrine, cardinal stresses

Rome, Italy, Oct 5, 2014 / 05:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As bishops from around the world prepare to discuss pastoral solutions to various challenges surrounding the family, German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller explained that these solutions cannot oppose Church teaching. “Under no circumstances can pastoral work be in contradiction with doctrine. Actions of the Church need to – if they want to be Catholic – correspond to faith and dogma,” he emphasized in an interview … [Read more...]

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Taking Gospel seriously on marriage is not ‘rigid’ – it’s love

Rome, Italy, Oct 4, 2014 / 05:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The editor of a high-profile book on marriage said that adhering to Christ’s Gospel teachings on divorce is not harsh and mean-spirited, but rather a form of tough love aimed at the salvation of souls. “Mercy and truth and justice have to accord with one another,” said Fr. Robert Dodaro OSA, president of Rome’s Patristic Institute, the “Augustinianum,” as well as a specialist in patristics and a … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Kasper: Adultery language is offensive, insulting

Rome, Italy, Oct 3, 2014 / 08:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In recent interviews, German Cardinal Walter Kasper suggested that while Church doctrine cannot change, it can be adapted and interpreted in different ways, and language can be softened when it is deemed offensive. If an individual divorces their spouse and enters a new civil marriage without an annulment, the second union is “not a sacramental one,” Cardinal Kasper acknowledged. “That’s clear. It’s not of … [Read more...]

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Young men at ordination: ‘I can’t imagine a better way to live’

Rome, Italy, Oct 3, 2014 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Transitional deacons ordained this week in St. Peter’s Basilica shared their experience of overwhelming joy in serving God, which stems from a life of sacrifice that’s worth giving everything to live. “I went to George Washington University in D.C. and met great priests, friends and mentors, and they taught me that priesthood is something joyful, and wonderful and worth giving your life for,” Deacon Conrad Murphy of … [Read more...]

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‘There is no authentic and true pastoral care against doctrine’

Rome, Italy, Oct 3, 2014 / 02:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite media expectations for the upcoming synod of bishops, Pope Francis will make his final decisions in his legitimate role as Pope, and will certainly carry forward a line of renewal in continuity, an archbishop and historian has said. Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, secretary emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, said to CNA Oct. 1 that “Pope Francis cannot be a revolutionary; he … [Read more...]

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