Pope Francis stresses again: Divisions in Church hurt Jesus

Vatican City, Oct 8, 2014 / 09:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to the crowds that filled Saint Peter's Square during the weekly General Audience on Oct. 8, Pope Francis repeated his consistent theme of warning against divisiveness among Christians. In his address, which coincided with day three of the bishops' synod on the family, he said that these divisions “in addition to injuring the Church, hurt Christ himself, who, before he died, strongly called upon the Father for the … [Read more...]

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On the bishops’ discussion slate: Streamlining annulments

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2014 / 03:02 pm (CNA).- The opening report for the bishops' synod on the family touched on the process of annulments, noting that reform is being asked by many who often misunderstand the indissolubility of marriage. General relator Cardinal Peter Erdo said the synod's Instrumentum laboris – or “working document” –  shows a “broad consensus in favor of simplifying marriage cases from the pastoral point of view and recounts … [Read more...]

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Pope’s concern for Christians in Middle East emerges at family synod

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2014 / 10:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an unexpected move, Pope Francis added to the schedule of the upcoming consistory for the causes of saints a discussion on the situation of Christians in the Middle East, the Holy See spokesman announced Tuesday. The consistory is to be held at the Vatican on Oct. 20, the day after the conclusion of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, which began Oct. 5. “The consistory's topic is now widened, and it becomes … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to make apostolic voyage to France in 2015

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2014 / 05:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In their announcement of the Pope’s schedule for his visit to the European Parliament next month, the Vatican also revealed that he intends to return to France in 2015 for a longer visit. “In the context of the publication of the schedule of the Pope to the European Parliament and to the Council of Europe that will take place November 25, I can now say now that the Holy Father intends to make an apostolic voyage to France in … [Read more...]

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How should the Church care for same-sex attracted people?

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2014 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In what ways can the Church provide pastoral care for men and women of same-sex attraction that is compassionate and affirming in the faith – all the while remaining true to its teachings? At the opening of the Synod on the Family, participants were reminded that the Church's pastoral approach towards persons with same-sex attraction is an issue worthy of attention. Over the next two weeks, the Extraordinary Synod on the … [Read more...]

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Family needed today as much as ever, synod official emphasizes

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2014 / 05:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The family is not an outdated model, and Catholics should defend it from the sins that call into question and often destroy the traditional family, the general rapporteur of the Synod of Bishops said Monday. Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest presented the 14-page “relatio ante disceptationem” at an Oct. 6 press conference. The relatio took into consideration the responses given a preliminary questionnaire which was … [Read more...]

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Benedict could attend Paul VI beatification, spokesman reveals

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2014 / 02:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Retired pontiff Benedict XVI may take part to Paul VI's beatification Mass Oct. 19, revealed Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office.   Asked if the former Pope was expected to give his personal contribution to the two-week synod of bishops, Fr. Lombardi said during a press conference that “it is not expected that the Pope emeritus will take part in the synod, which is so committing and … [Read more...]

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