Ukraine crisis the focal point in Pope’s discussion with Putin

Vatican City, Jun 10, 2015 / 01:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the second meeting between Pope Francis and Russian president Vladimir Putin, held on Wednesday at the Vatican, the discussion focused on the current crises in both Ukraine and the Middle East. Under Putin, Russia has annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine; and according to the Ukrainian government and Western nations, Russian arms and soldiers are fighting alongside pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country. Putin has … [Read more...]

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When you care for a sick family member, you are a ‘hidden hero,’ Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 10, 2015 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis lauded families for the “hidden heroism” of caring for a sick loved one. “These are the heroes. This is heroism of the family!” the pontiff said during his June 6 catechesis. The Pope spoke of men and women who come to work, sleep-deprived after having cared for a sick family member. “This hidden heroism is done with tenderness and with courage when … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis approves greater bishop accountability in abuse cases

Vatican City, Jun 10, 2015 / 09:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop accountability in the mishandling of abuse cases and abuse allegations were key themes in the Vatican’s latest round of meetings on Curial reform, which also addressed the reform of Vatican media and finances. In approving a new set of proposals dealing with the protection of minors, Pope Francis has established a new judicial entity to deal specifically with bishop accountability in the Vatican congregation tasked with … [Read more...]

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Pope receives briefing on activities at Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts

Vatican City, Jun 10, 2015 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his visit to the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts last week, Pope Francis was updated on the office's important work, which is focused on interpreting the laws of the Church. As part of his tour of various dicasteries in the Roman Curia, the Pope on June 1 visited the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, followed by the Congregations for the Causes of Saints, Bishops, and Divine Worship. Upon his arrival at the … [Read more...]

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Days after Medjugorje comment, Pope downplays predictable visions

Vatican City, Jun 9, 2015 / 07:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Days after declaring that a decision on the Medjugorje apparitions would be coming soon, Pope Francis cautioned against basing one’s faith solely on predicted visions or anything other than Christ himself. In his June 9 daily Mass at the Vatican’s Saint Martha Guesthouse, Pope Francis cautioned against those who look for God “with these Christian spiritualties that are a little ethereal,” calling them “modern … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Müller warns against adapting Church to today’s often pagan lifestyles

Vatican City, Jun 9, 2015 / 01:08 am (National Catholic Register).- Cardinal Gerhard Müller has spoken out firmly against trying to adapt the Church’s teaching to today’s often pagan lifestyles, saying such an approach introduces subjectivism and arbitrariness. In an interview with the Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost on June 6th, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith warned that placing “any so-called lived realities” on the same level as … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Men and women are different for a reason

Vatican City, Jun 8, 2015 / 03:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The value and beauty of marriage, based on the complementarity of man and woman, is lamentably being challenged by “gender ideology,” Pope Francis warned the bishops of Puerto Rico on Monday. “The complementarity of man and woman, the crown of the divine creation, is being questioned by gender ideology in the name of a freer and more just society,” the Pope said June 8 at the Vatican's Santa Marta … [Read more...]

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