Vatican clarifies Mother Teresa canonization report

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2015 / 11:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite rumors that a date has been set for Mother Teresa’s canonization, the Holy See Press Office told CNA Wednesday that the cause for sainthood has not concluded, and no date has been officially set. Fr Ciro Benedettini, vice director at the Holy See Press Office, confirmed to CNA that there is “a project, a study being carried out” on the potential future canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa. However, he said, … [Read more...]

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Pope to Church: Don’t act like you’re on lockdown

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2015 / 09:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Wednesday centered his weekly catechesis on the upcoming Year of Mercy, urging the Church not only to keep its doors open, but to go out to those who may not have the strength to enter. “An inhospitable Church, like a family which is locked in on itself, demeans the Gospel and withers up the world,” the Pope said Nov. 18 to attendees at his general audience in the Vatican. “No armored doors in the Church! … [Read more...]

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Latest Ratzinger Prizes highlight Lebanese and Brazilian gifts to theology

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Brazilian priest and a Lebanese scholar were awarded on Monday the 2015 Ratzinger Prizes, in recognition of their work in theology. “With these two figures, the list of theologians who have deservedly received the Ratzinger Prizes is further enriched not only quantitatively, but also qualitatively,” Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, S.J., secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said Nov. … [Read more...]

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Parolin on ISIS threats: Vatican may be a target, but we’re not backing down

Vatican City, Nov 17, 2015 / 10:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In wake of Friday’s violent terror attacks in Paris, the Vatican’s Secretary of State said that while the small country is also on extremists’ horizons, they won’t let themselves be “paralyzed” by fear. He also backed global military action against ISIS militants,   who claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack, by echoing Pope Francis’ declaration in August 2014 on his way back … [Read more...]

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In interfaith move, Pope Francis will visit Rome’s synagogue in January

Vatican City, Nov 17, 2015 / 07:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis will soon become the third-ever Roman Pontiff to visit the Great Synagogue in Rome, following in the footsteps of St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI. “Following the invitation from the Chief Rabbi and Jewish Community of Rome, Pope Francis will pay a visit to the Great Synagogue in the afternoon of Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016,” a Nov. 17 communique from the Vatican read. Known for the … [Read more...]

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Refugees are God’s children, Pope says in wake of Paris attacks

Vatican City, Nov 17, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid questions over whether European nations will reevaluate their migrant policies in the wake of Friday's deadly attacks in Paris, Pope Francis offered a reminder over the weekend that refugees are more than statistics: they are children of God, each with his or her own inherent dignity. “Behind these statistics are people, each of them with a name, a face, a story, an inalienable dignity which is theirs as a child of … [Read more...]

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Using God’s name to justify violence is ‘blasphemy,’ Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Nov 15, 2015 / 05:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis again expressed shock and sorrow for Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, condemning the acts as an “affront to human dignity,” and encouraging attendees to find hope in Jesus. “I wish to express my deep sorrow for the terrorist attacks which on Friday evening covered France in blood,” the Pope said in his Nov. 15 Angelus address. “Such barbarity leaves us shocked and makes us … [Read more...]

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