Is this Rome event trying to revive a liberation theologian?

Rome, Italy, Nov 12, 2015 / 03:18 pm (CNA).- Spanish liberation theologian Fr. Jon Sobrino, whose works were censured by the Vatican nearly a decade ago, is slated to take part in an event this Saturday at Rome's Urbaniana University. The gathering is aimed at republishing the “Catacombs Pact,” a document signed after the Second Vatican Council by various future members of the Marxist school of thought. It was condemned in 1984 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the … [Read more...]

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As Pope’s visit nears, Ugandans fight external push for contraception

Rome, Italy, Nov 12, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One topic Ugandans expect Pope Francis to address in his upcoming visit to the country is the push by certain Western powers to enforce the use of contraception as a central means of fighting AIDS. “A good portion of Ugandans do think that the best approach in the fight against AIDS is that of abstinence and fidelity. Abstain and be faithful,” Fr. Herman-Joseph Kalungi told journalists Oct. 30. However, despite the strong … [Read more...]

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Francis’ message to the Italian Church: imitate Jesus in humility, service

Florence, Italy, Nov 10, 2015 / 12:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a lengthy speech to the Italian Church at large, Pope Francis said that true human and ecclesial advancement can only be achieved when founded on the humility and detachment of power exemplified by Christ. “We can speak of humanism only beginning from the centrality of Jesus, discovering in him the traits of the authentic human face,” the Pope said Nov. 10. He told those gathered to contemplate the face of Jesus, … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis ordains new bishop at major Roman cathedral

Rome, Italy, Nov 9, 2015 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At Saint John Lateran cathedral in Rome, Pope Francis ordained Monsignor Angelo De Donatis as an auxiliary bishop, encouraging the new prelate in off-the-cuff remarks to be an example of God's mercy. “Near the beginning of the Year of Mercy, I ask you – as a brother – to be merciful,” Pope Francis told the new bishop during his homily Nov. 9. “The Church and the world need so much mercy. You teach … [Read more...]

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Those who’ve stayed – what now for Christians in Syria and Iraq?

Rome, Italy, Nov 5, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- War in Iraq and Syria have taken a heavy toll on the Chaldean Christians of the Middle East. Now Chaldean bishops like Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq are asking what they can do to help Christian refugees survive and preserve their faith in times of trouble. “For me, my plan is how to help the Christian families who decided to stay, to stay and live with dignity. That’s my big concern, the whole plan,” Archbishop … [Read more...]

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Dialogue with the Islamic State? Not likely, says Cardinal Parolin

Rome, Italy, Oct 29, 2015 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said that while interreligious dialogue is important, it’s not likely possible with fundamentalist groups because they aren’t interested in building the necessary relationships. When asked by CNA if interreligious dialogue with fundamentalist branches of religion can be done, Cardinal Parolin said “I don’t think it’s … [Read more...]

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Rabbi: From John XXIII to Francis, Catholic relations with Judaism have improved

Rome, Italy, Oct 29, 2015 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fifty years ago the way the Catholic Church related with other religions changed forever when the Second Vatican Council declaration Nostra aetate sparked a wave of unprecedented welcome – a revolution one rabbi says has gained steam with every Pope since. “Saint John XXIII was the revolution. He deserves the copyright,” Rabbi David Rosen told CNA in an Oct. 28 interview. “He really transformed the relationship … [Read more...]

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