Church unity and truth serve the family, Archbishop Gomez says from synod

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2015 / 01:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church needs “a new missionary confidence and courage” that draws on Church unity and the recognition of God’s unwavering vision for the family, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles has said. “We need to find creative, positive ways to proclaim God as Creator and to show the beauty of his plan for the human person and the family,” he said in an Oct. 20 column for L.A.’s Angelus … [Read more...]

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Synod finds strong support for Church teaching in communion debate

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2015 / 10:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite pastoral challenges posed by divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics, many synod fathers are in favor of current Church teaching and practice according to a new round of small group reports. “The majority without full consensus affirmed the current teaching and practice of the Church regarding the participation in the Eucharist of those who are divorced and civilly remarried,” reads a new report from group … [Read more...]

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Marriage doesn’t take away your freedom – quite the opposite, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2015 / 08:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Wednesday said that contrary to modern notions, fidelity in marriage does not rob us of personal freedom but instead is a fundamental attribute of all human relationships based on love. “Freedom and fidelity are not opposed to each other,” the Pope said in his latest catechesis on the family, delivered during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square Oct 21.   The strength and beauty of … [Read more...]

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Vatican calls rumors over Pope Francis’ health false and irresponsible

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2015 / 05:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The director of the Holy See press office has denied reports in the Italian press that Pope Francis is suffering from a brain tumor, and denounced its dissemination as “gravely irresponsible.” Wednesday's statement by Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., came in response to an Oct 21 report by Italian agency Quotidiano Nazionale alleging that the Pope had been diagnosed with a small but curable brain tumor. “The … [Read more...]

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What the Holy See told the UN about outer space

Vatican City, Oct 20, 2015 / 03:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When the United Nations met on Monday to discuss the peaceful uses of outer space, the Holy See chimed in by voicing its hopes for a more inclusive attitude in space exploration that would incorporate the good of all peoples, despite economic or social inequalities. “It is…of utmost importance that the opening of outer space for scientific and peaceful research be for the benefit of us all,” stated Archbishop … [Read more...]

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That notorious 2014 synod report? We got it an hour after the media did, cardinal says

Vatican City, Oct 20, 2015 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Wilfrid Napier says the highly controversial midterm report from last year's synod gave weight to issues discussed by only “two or three” people, and was unseen by most synod fathers until after it hit mainstream media. He also alluded to an agenda in the writing of the final report from last year's synod, which he was involved in drafting, saying that in the process some issues were once again “being … [Read more...]

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How Benedict XVI played a special role in a Pope’s cause for sainthood

Vatican City, Oct 20, 2015 / 08:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On his path to beatification, John Paul I can count on a very special supporter: Pope emeritus Benedict XVI. Years ago, he was among those who witnessed the compilation of John Paul I's ‘positio,’ the dossier of documents and testimonies that will determine the virtues of a candidate for sainthood.   That dossier has now been completed, Bishop Giuseppe Andrich of the Diocese of Belluno-Feltre announced Aug. 26. The … [Read more...]

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