Naming the unknown martyr: could these remains be St. John Plessington?

Shrewsbury, England, Oct 14, 2015 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The English priest St. John Plessington was among dozens martyred because of an anti-Catholic hoax in the seventeenth century. Now a diocese seeks to confirm whether remains long venerated as a martyr’s relics are his. Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury praised the saint’s “faithfulness to the point of death” and his witness to priestly life and mission in the diocese. St. John Plessington was canonized in … [Read more...]

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More scheming outside the synod? Soros foundation rep attends LGBT lobby event

Rome, Italy, Oct 14, 2015 / 12:11 am (CNA).- Attendees at an LGBT activist event lobbying the Synod of Bishops included an official from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, one of the most influential funders in the world. “Open Society Foundations program officer Peter Matjasic was one of the participants of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics assembly,” Antonia Zafeiri, the foundations’ European communications officer, confirmed to CNA Oct. 13. Zafeiri … [Read more...]

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Polish archbishop: Unless we recognize sin, Christ’s incarnation is meaningless

Rome, Italy, Oct 13, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a wide-ranging and hard-hitting interview with EWTN Germany, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, president of the Polish bishops' conference, said that were we to cease to recognize sinfulness, then Christ's Incarnation would be rendered “void of its meaning.” “We void the meaning of the whole work of the incarnation because we say that Christ has not come to us; however, beyond Christ, there is no … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Ruini reflects on the Magisterium’s continuity

Rome, Italy, Oct 8, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Camillo Ruini, who was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Rome when Venerable Pius XII was Pope, emphasized in a recent interview that he has experienced the continuity of Popes, from Pacelli to Bergoglio. “I have no difficulty in recognizing that there are differences, some of them significant, between Pope Francis and his closest predecessors. I collaborated for twenty years with John Paul II, and then briefly with … [Read more...]

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The relics of St Therese, and her parents, will be displayed throughout the synod

Rome, Italy, Oct 3, 2015 / 01:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Glass cases with the relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux and her parents, Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, will be displayed in Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome for the entirety of the Synod on the Family, Oct. 4-25. Blessed Louis and Zelie will both be canonized Oct. 18. The relics will be available for veneration by the faithful from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the normal hours the basilica is open. The relics of St. Therese will be displayed in … [Read more...]

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Gay Catholics tell synod to promote chastity – for everyone

Rome, Italy, Oct 3, 2015 / 04:04 am (CNA).- Same-sex attracted Catholics who have turned away from a homosexual lifestyle are urging participants at the upcoming Synod on the Family to defend the Church's teaching on chastity for everyone – including for divorced and remarried. “I fear that chastity does not have enough of a voice at the Synod,” said Rilene Simpson, a member and spokesperson of Courage, an apostolate which offers pastoral support for men and women with … [Read more...]

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Ahead of the synod, LGBT activists lobby bishops. Here’s what they want.

Rome, Italy, Oct 2, 2015 / 03:08 pm (CNA).- As the Synod on the Family approaches, a well-funded LGBT activist coalition is lobbying bishops to revive controversial language from the debates of the 2014 extraordinary synod. It also advocates that the synod adopt the practices of dissenting Catholic groups. The European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups is among the organizers of the “Ways of Love” conference of LGBT Catholic activists and their allies. The conference will be held … [Read more...]

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