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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Italian bishops’ television pulls invite to trans-sexual activist

Rome, Italy, Nov 11, 2014 / 12:47 pm (CNA).- Following protests from viewers, the Italian bishops' conference-run TV station has withdrawn an invitation to a popular Italian trans-sexual and LGBT activist to take part in its prime-time show. Vladimir Luxuria, whose original name is Vladimiro Guadagno, had been invited to appear on Tv2000's talk show “Il Tg dei Tg” as a guest commentator addressing daily news and general affairs. The announcement of Vladimir … [Read more...]

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Top Vatican jobs: The ‘Francis effect’ on the Roman Curia

Rome, Italy, Nov 10, 2014 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The latest round of major appointments to top positions in the Vatican hierarchy shows that change is afoot as Pope Francis puts his stamp on the Roman Curia. But the transitions are clearly designed to bring about a change of mentality more than a simple restructuring of Vatican departments. On Nov. 8, Pope Francis carried out a series of appointments that look to be a prelude to the complete reshaping of the curia. The Pope has … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Scola: Universities can play crucial role in family synod

Rome, Italy, Nov 9, 2014 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Angelo Scola holds that pontifical universities are the ideal place where issues at stake in the Synod of Bishops – which will discuss families next autumn – can be more deeply understood and developed. Universities should develop a dialogue that “moves from reality to scientific work, and from scientific work to reality, thus replicating the movement of Christianity: Jesus came from the periphery, then … [Read more...]

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Ruins of the Berlin Wall: what they whisper 25 years later

Rome, Italy, Nov 9, 2014 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- What remains of the Berlin Wall discloses a subtle yet stark reminder for civilization to not “look to walls as solutions,” says German priest Father Bernd Hagenkord, S.J. It's been twenty-five years to the day since the wall fell – an event which marked the beginning of the end of the decades-long Cold War, and served as a catalyst for Germany's reunification. The anniversary comes months after the canonization … [Read more...]

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