Pope Francis blasts abortion, euthanasia as ‘sins against God’

Vatican City, Nov 15, 2014 / 07:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has told a group of Catholic doctors that “playing with life” in ways like abortion and euthanasia is sinful, and he stressed that each human life, no matter the condition, is sacred. “We're are living in a time of experimentation with life. But a bad experiment… (we’re) playing with life,” the Pope told an audience of 4,000 Catholic doctors gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI … [Read more...]

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A new love language: Post synod conference seeks ways to communicate truth of marriage

Vatican City, Nov 15, 2014 / 06:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the dramatic and media-hyped Extraordinary Synod last month, the Vatican is hosting a colloquium seeking to find “new and creative language to speak to people where they are.”This is according to Helen Alvaré, professor of law at George Mason University, and communications liaison for the Humanum Colloquium, which will run from Nov. 17­-19 at the Vatican.The gathering is sponsored by the Congregation … [Read more...]

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Bathrooms of St. Peter’s soon to include showers for homeless

Vatican City, Nov 14, 2014 / 02:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After hearing from a homeless man that a bath is more urgently need than food in Rome, the Vatican’s papal almoner commissioned that showers be added to the public restrooms in St. Peter's Square. “The Basilica exists in order to keep the Body of Christ, and we serve Jesus’ suffering body by serving the poor. Always, in the history of Rome, the poor congregated around the Basilicas,” Bishop Konrad Krajewski … [Read more...]

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Example – not words – transmits faith to youth, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Nov 14, 2014 / 02:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Addressing the children who filled the chapel at the Santa Marta residence on Nov. 14, Pope Francis said that – in an age dominated by images and cellphones – the faithful must rely on example, rather than words, to transmit the faith to young ones. As he looked out onto the young congregation comprised predominantly of children from a Roman parish, Pope said it was as though he was looking at “a promise,” and at … [Read more...]

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What will the Pope be up to in Sri Lanka, Philippines? Take a look

Vatican City, Nov 14, 2014 / 07:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Today the Vatican published the official itinerary for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, during which he is slated to spend roughly two days each in Colombo, Manila and Tacloban. Officially announced by the Vatican in July, the trip had been unofficially revealed by the Pope during an in-flight press conference on his way back from the Holy Land. Pope Francis’ decision to visit Sri Lanka and … [Read more...]

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Catholics, Muslims together condemn terrorist acts in name of religion

Vatican City, Nov 13, 2014 / 03:34 pm (CNA).- In a joint statement delivered Thursday, the Catholic-Muslim Forum condemned acts of terrorism, oppression, and violence, affirming it is never acceptable to use religion to justify such acts. The Catholic-Muslim Forum was held Nov. 11-13 in Rome. It was established in 2008 for dialogue between the religions, and it meets every three years to harvest the fruit of more grassroots dialogue pursued between the forums. The group met on Wednesday with … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, kingdom of God grows by silent witness, not spectacles

Vatican City, Nov 13, 2014 / 09:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said in his homily at Mass on Thursday that the kingdom of God, already present among us, never attracts attention to itself but rather is cultivated though silent holiness in everyday life. “The Kingdom of God is humble, like the seed: humble, but it becomes great by the power of the Holy Spirit,” the Pope told those at the chapel of the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse for his Nov. 13 Mass. “It … [Read more...]

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