Beyond religious differences: Interfaith leaders unite on marriage

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2014 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- leLeaders from various faith traditions around the globe are backing the union of a man and woman as an inherently complementary human reality that transcends even the difference of religion. “It's very interesting that we have people from all kinds of religious traditions – even some that I have never encountered before – all from their different perspectives saying: it does matter, and it matters very much that a … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis offers a lesson from a ham and cheese sandwich

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2014 / 01:04 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis brought laughter to a group of young people gathered at the Vatican Nov.15 when he quoted an Argentinean comedian’s metaphor about ham and cheese sandwiches in relation to the Christian life. Speaking in Spanish, Pope Francis addressed the young people gathered for a symposium on prostitution and human trafficking, held at the Pio IV House at the Vatican on Nov. 15-16, and organized by the Pontifical Academy for Sciences. He … [Read more...]

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Thinking of yourself won’t make you holy, but serving others will, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2014 / 07:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience address, Pope Francis said that holiness can never be selfish, but is a gift that must be put into practice through daily witness and attentiveness to the needs of others. “Growing in holiness thus means becoming better persons, free of selfishness and self-absorption, and ever ready to place ourselves at the service of our brothers and sisters in the Church,” the Pope told pilgrims present in … [Read more...]

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Vatican communication reform underway, but no decisions yet

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2014 / 09:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Though the Vatican's communications reform committee met last week, it is still to be seen how the committee's proposals will be incorporated within a larger reform of the Roman Curia. The committee met for three days last week, and began an exploration of the Vatican's media branches; but no official communication on the meeting has been delivered. According to sources, the committee, which is chaired by Chris Patten and … [Read more...]

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Pope: Christians living under false appearances are ‘dead’

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2014 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Tuesday, Pope Francis spoke of how we must never be content with where we are in the spiritual life, but rather must seek constant conversion. The Pope addressed those present in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse for his Nov. 18 daily Mass, saying that the Lord constantly calls us to conversion, and condemned “those who live by appearances, Christians of appearances.” “Appearances are these … [Read more...]

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Annulment process is no business, Roman Rota official clarifies

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following a media frenzy around Pope Francis' request that the annulment process not be treated like a business, an official of the Apostolic See's court of higher instance has explained that annulment procedures are already free in most cases. He also blamed the media for providing a biased examination of the issues. Msgr. Piero Amenta, a prelate auditor of the Roman Rota, stressed in a lengthy Nov. 14 article in Italian at … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Children have right to a mother and father

Vatican City, Nov 17, 2014 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Children have the right to be raised by a mother and a father, Pope Francis said, emphasizing that “the family is the foundation of co-existence and a remedy against social fragmentation.” The Pope made these remarks on Nov. 17 at the opening of the three-day international, interfaith colloquium entitled The Complementarity of Man and Woman, currently underway in the Vatican. Also referred to as the “Humanum” … [Read more...]

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