John Paul I’s beatification cause may advance, cardinal says

Belluno, Italy, Jul 24, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A document advancing the beatification of John Paul I is ready, and will be given to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints this autumn, according to the emeritus Secretary of State. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone announced the milestone during his homily at Mass in the Belluno cathedral July 20. The beatification process of John Paul I had been slowed because the “positio” had not been completed. The positio is the … [Read more...]

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Christian leader, friend to Pope Francis dies in motorcycle accident

London, England, Jul 21, 2014 / 03:49 pm (CNA).- Tony Palmer, a Protestant Christian leader and a close friend of Pope Francis, passed away in the U.K. on Sunday due to injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. The Order of the Ark Community, an internet-based Christian group overseen by Palmer, announced his July 20 death on its website. Palmer was born in the U.K. and grew up in South Africa. He was a member of the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, which views itself as … [Read more...]

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Catholic cultural renewal advocate Stratford Caldecott mourned

Oxford, England, Jul 18, 2014 / 04:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Stratford Caldecott, a Catholic cultural thinker dedicated to literature, theology, and the “second spring” of Catholicism, passed away Thursday, weeks after Hollywood stars took to Twitter to support him in his struggle with cancer.   Those who mourned his death included his friend Michael J. Lichens, editor of the U.S.-based website Catholic Exchange. “I don't know anyone who has encountered Stratford … [Read more...]

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Human rights court: Europe cannot be forced to redefine marriage

Strasbourg, France, Jul 18, 2014 / 02:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the refusal to recognize same-sex “marriages” does not violate the European Convention on Human Rights. In a July 16 ruling, the human rights court explained that while “some Contracting States have extended marriage to same-sex partners,” European laws establishing the right of men and women to freely marry “cannot be construed as imposing an obligation on … [Read more...]

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Papal trip to Korea should renew local Churches, priest says

Rome, Italy, Jul 17, 2014 / 01:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the run up to Pope Francis visit to South Korea next month, a Korean priest said he expects ground breaking changes there in terms of peace and the Church’s service to society. “The Koreans are very excited and full with joy,” Fr. Denis Kim, S.J., a professor of sociology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, told CNA. “There is also an expectation for a renewal of the Church in Korea. In other words, the … [Read more...]

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Faith leaders join in condemnation of UK assisted dying bill

Rome, Italy, Jul 16, 2014 / 02:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Various religious leaders have joined their voices to denounce a bill seeking to legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill in parts of the U.K., stating that doing so violates human dignity and opens the door to coercion. “Every human life is of intrinsic value and ought to be affirmed and cherished. This is central to our laws and our social relationships; to undermine this in any way would be a grave error,” said a … [Read more...]

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Pope says economy must fight ‘throwaway culture’

Rome, Italy, Jul 15, 2014 / 10:58 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis had lunch with participants in an international economics seminar on Saturday, saying their efforts to bring the human being to the very center of the economy avoids a “throwaway culture.”   The Pope addressed reductionist views of mankind, saying that “this is the strongest time of anthropological reductionism.”   “It happens to man what happens to wine when it is transformed into brandy: it … [Read more...]

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