Cardinal Sarah says the Christian family counters both Islamic, Western extremism

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2015 / 03:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Robert Sarah has told the Synod of Bishops they should respond to the twin threats of Western and Islamic radicals by helping the world realize the beauty of the Christian family. “To use a slogan, we find ourselves between ‘gender ideology and ISIS.’ Islamic massacres and libertarian demands regularly contend for the front page of the newspapers,” the cardinal said last week in his intervention at the … [Read more...]

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Read today’s report from the German small group at the Synod

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2015 / 03:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Read below the full text of the report released Wednesday by the German-speaking small group at the Synod on the Family. The reports of the 13 small groups, or circoli minori, were all released Oct. 14 in their own languages: four English, three French, three Italian, two Spanish, and one German. The text below is CNA's translation of the German original:   We extensively debated the concepts – that are, again and … [Read more...]

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Read today’s report from the German small group at the Synod

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2015 / 03:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Read below the full text of the report released Wednesday by the German-speaking small group at the Synod on the Family. The reports of the 13 small groups, or circoli minori, were all released Oct. 14 in their own languages: four English, three French, three Italian, two Spanish, and one German. The text below is CNA's translation of the German original:   We extensively debated the concepts – that are, again and … [Read more...]

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We need to be clear on what marriage actually is, synod bishops insist

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2015 / 09:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Numerous bishops voiced alarm over the lack of a clear definition of marriage in the synod’s controversial guiding text, prompting a call for one based on scripture and Church teaching to be added. “The Instrumentum Laboris nowhere defines marriage. This is a serious defect,” group “D” of the four English-speaking circles wrote in their second report, published Wednesday. This lack of definition … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis asks forgiveness for scandals in the Church

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2015 / 08:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis opened this Wednesday's general audience by apologizing for unspecified scandals that have recently arisen in the Vatican. Speaking off-the-cuff, the Pope opened the gathering by saying: “Before beginning the catechesis, I would like, in the name of the Church, to ask your forgiveness for the scandals that, in these times, have fallen on Rome and the Vatican. I ask your forgiveness!” Pope Francis did not … [Read more...]

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Violent marriages: A woman’s quest to help synod bishops grasp the issue

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2015 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christauria Welland is a clinical psychologist who's worked with both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence – and with one in three women worldwide suffering from abuse at the hands of a partner, her goal is to make sure bishops know about the problem. Often kept secret through shame or fear of stigma, the scourge of physical and emotional violence between couples is something the Catholics are anything but immune from, … [Read more...]

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Are those who strive for virtue the new minority? Cardinal Dolan thinks so

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2015 / 01:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Married couples who endure hardships together; gay men and women trying to live chastely; engaged couples who choose not to cohabitate. What do all these people have in common? They’re all striving for holiness and, according to Cardinal Timothy Dolan, they’re the “new minority” to whom it is important to extend inclusion in the Church. “...these wonderful people today often feel themselves a minority, … [Read more...]

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