‘Impatience for unity’ – a look at the Pope’s recent chat with Lutherans

Rome, Italy, Nov 17, 2015 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' encounter with a Lutheran community in Rome this weekend was his chance to advocate for greater unity among Christians, a theologian has reflected. “He was urging that, if we share so much, we should be ‘walking together’ … and we should be impatient for unity, so that we can share the Eucharist,” said Msgr. Paul McPartlan, the Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: What will Jesus ask you on judgement day?

Rome, Italy, Nov 15, 2015 / 11:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis paid a visit to Rome’s Lutheran community, where he took questions and told attendees that what we will ultimately be judged on is how we cared for the poor and less fortunate. “What will the Lord ask us on that day? Did you go to Mass? Have you prepared a good catechesis?” the Pope said Nov. 15. While these things are important, the deeper questions will be “on the poor. Because poverty is the center of the Gospel. H … [Read more...]

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Catholics unite in prayer as Paris terror siege continues

Paris, France, Nov 13, 2015 / 04:34 pm (CNA).- Amid devastating attacks at locations throughout Paris, Church leaders are calling for prayer.   Prayers for Paris tonight. https://t.co/hhypH6KBJd — US Catholic Bishops (@USCCB) November 13, 2015“May St Denis and Our Lady of Lourdes intercede tonight for the people of Paris,” Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska said on Twitter. “My prayers are with the people of Paris tonight. Let us pray for the … [Read more...]

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Report of religious group ‘sex slave’ rattles Church in Spain

Barcelona, Spain, Nov 13, 2015 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- A man who identified himself as a former missionary with the pseudonym of “Paulino” recently made accusations to the Spanish press that he had been a sex slave of a religious congregation which has roots in Barcelona. He is accusing the Missionary Community of the Saint Paul the Apostle (MCSPA), founded by the late Spanish priest Fr. Francisco Andreo García. The community has a presence in Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, … [Read more...]

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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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