A supernatural sign? Rare solar halo appears at Romero beatification

Rome, Italy, Jun 1, 2015 / 10:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the relics of Blessed Oscar Romero were brought out for veneration during his beatification Mass in San Salvador, the cloudy skies parted and a ring of light – known as a “solar halo” – appeared around the sun. “Honestly, I think this one of the most supernatural things I have ever experienced in my life,” Father Manuel Dorantes told CNA May 29. A priest of the diocese of Chicago and Spanish … [Read more...]

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After mounting criticism, Scotland’s assisted suicide bill defeated in Parliament

Edinburgh, Scotland, May 31, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The controversial Assisted Suicide Scotland Bill was defeated on Wednesday by the Scottish Parliament 82-36 in a free vote in Edinburgh, following rising dissent against the legislation. "Today our parliamentarians took a step towards building a society that has the dignity of the human person - and especially the most vulnerable - at its very heart, and for that we are grateful," Archbishop Leo Cushley of St. Andrews … [Read more...]

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As conflict rages on, Ukrainian troops make a pilgrimage for peace

Lourdes, France, May 29, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of the Ukrainian army recently traveled to Lourdes, France for an international military pilgrimage aimed at promoting peace – something the whole country is said to be praying for. To come to the shrine with soldiers actively fighting in conflict zones “is very important to us because like this we feel very supported by the whole world,” Father Ivan Yavorskyy told CNA May 16. “We also want to show … [Read more...]

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Not a burden, but a grace: The indissolubility of marriage

Rome, Italy, May 27, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The sacrament of marriage, characterized as it is by indissolubility, is good news for the people of today, according to a Spanish priest who specializes in family and marriage issues. “The family is in crisis: divorce, models of the family contrary to the Gospel, abandoned children, abortion … it’s true there are problems, but before anything else the family is good news and the indissolubility of marriage is not a … [Read more...]

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‘Little’ friars credit vocation boom to Pope’s name

Rome, Italy, May 26, 2015 / 03:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Gathered in Rome for their general chapter meeting, members of the Order of Friars Minor – better known as Franciscans – said that while vocations in general have been down in recent years, numbers have begun to rise again after Pope Francis’ election. Polish Friar Fr. Filemon Janka spoke with CNA after the order’s May 26 audience with Pope Francis, saying that his papal name selection “is significant for all … [Read more...]

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As synod council meets, ‘shadow council’ pushes acceptance of gay unions

Rome, Italy, May 26, 2015 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While the Synod of Bishops' ordinary council gathered to discuss the upcoming Synod on the Family this week, a private group of bishops and experts convened separately behind closed doors in Rome to consider the most controversial issues at the synod, particularly support of gay unions and Communion for the divorced and remarried. Pope Francis chaired the May 25-26 meeting of the Ordinary Council of the Synod of Bishops, which is … [Read more...]

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A ‘reality check’ for Ireland’s Church – gay marriage vote both challenge and invitation

Rome, Italy, May 25, 2015 / 10:03 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- The Christian message can't be shaken by a national vote, but Ireland’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage is forcing Catholic leaders to rethink how they have been keeping the faith alive among the nation's young people. “This vote has certainly changed the landscape in which the Church ministers in Ireland and the outcome offers it new and brave challenges,” said Dublin native Monsignor John … [Read more...]

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