Pope Francis makes secret stop at new dorms for Rome’s homeless

Vatican City, Oct 16, 2015 / 04:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After last night’s synod session Pope Francis didn’t go back to his residence at the St. Martha house as usual, but instead decided to pop by the Vatican’s new dormitory for homeless men. According to an Oct. 16 communique from the Vatican, the Pope left for the dormitory shortly after the synod’s evening session yesterday closed at 7 p.m., taking off in his Fiat. Located around the corner from the Vatican on … [Read more...]

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Don’t ‘regionalize’ Church teaching on marriage, says Irish archbishop at synod

Vatican City, Oct 15, 2015 / 04:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic teaching on marriage and the family is universal, not something local bishops’ conferences can decide for themselves, an Irish archbishop said Thursday. Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, the Primate of All-Ireland, said he did not support “the idea that somehow it’s up to individual bishops conferences to interpret the teaching of the Church.” “I think if we are part of a universal teaching … [Read more...]

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Do aliens exist? Pope Francis tackles this (and other things) in new interview

Vatican City, Oct 15, 2015 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis discussed in a new interview topics ranging from his reasons for canonizing the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, to his thoughts on whether there could be life on other planets. The interview with French journalist Caroline Pigozzi of Paris Match was conducted in Italian, and published in both Italian and French Oct. 15. Pigozzi is known for making the Pope's eyes light up in January when on board his flight to the … [Read more...]

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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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