‘There is no authentic and true pastoral care against doctrine’

Rome, Italy, Oct 3, 2014 / 02:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite media expectations for the upcoming synod of bishops, Pope Francis will make his final decisions in his legitimate role as Pope, and will certainly carry forward a line of renewal in continuity, an archbishop and historian has said. Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, secretary emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, said to CNA Oct. 1 that “Pope Francis cannot be a revolutionary; he … [Read more...]

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Advice to new deacons: Renew your ‘yes’ to God every day

Rome, Italy, Oct 2, 2014 / 03:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Donald Wuerl ordained 43 seminarians from the Pontifical North American College in Rome as deacons, reminding them to always be open to God and to live their new ministry with joy. “Dear deacons, never cease to be open to the call. Each day renew your resolve to say 'yes Lord. Here I am, Lord, send me,'” the cardinal told the new deacons during their Oct. 2 ordination Mass. “Your commitment to service … [Read more...]

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Pro-euthanasia ruling axed due to plaintiff’s secret suicide

Strasbourg, France, Oct 2, 2014 / 12:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A woman’s lawsuit aiming to change European law on assisted suicide has been thrown out after revelations that she had secretly committed suicide three years ago, unbeknownst even to her lawyer. “She was dead one year and a half before the judgment of (a lower court),” Gregor Puppinck of the European Centre for Law and Justice said Sept. 30. “From the facts of the case, we find that the applicant’s … [Read more...]

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Pro-euthanasia ruling axed due to plaintiff’s secret suicide

Strasbourg, France, Oct 2, 2014 / 12:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A woman’s lawsuit aiming to change European law on assisted suicide has been thrown out after revelations that she had secretly committed suicide three years ago, unbeknownst even to her lawyer. “She was dead one year and a half before the judgment of (a lower court),” Gregor Puppinck of the European Centre for Law and Justice said Sept. 30. “From the facts of the case, we find that the applicant’s … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Mueller: Do not remove challenges of Gospel

Cordoba, Spain, Oct 1, 2014 / 02:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With the Synod on the Family just days away, the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith cautioned against deconstructing the Gospel message to make it artificially easy. “We can talk a lot about God, and in the end, do so without faith,” warned Cardinal Gerhard Mueller during a Sept. 28 Mass at the cathedral in Cordoba, where he delivered an address on St. John of Avila. “We can 'deconstruct' … [Read more...]

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New bishop of Salford, England accepts appointment with trepidation

Westminster, England, Sep 30, 2014 / 01:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop John Arnold, who was appointed Tuesday as Bishop of Salford, said that while the move will be a new experience for him, he will seek to serve his new Church in missionary discipleship. “I accept the appointment as Bishop of Salford with much trepidation but will do all I can to serve the people, priests, and religious of the Church of this Diocese as we all seek to respond to Pope Francis’ call to be … [Read more...]

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Jesuits’ history shows trust in God amid trials, Pope Francis says

Rome, Italy, Sep 30, 2014 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The suppression and subsequent restoration of the Society of Jesus shows the importance of discernment and trusting in God even in tribulation, rather than relying on one’s own cunning or dwelling on one’s persecution, Pope Francis reflected on Saturday. “God is merciful, God crowns with mercy. God loves us and saves us. Sometimes the path that leads to life is narrow and cramped, but the tribulation, if lived in the … [Read more...]

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