Church educates through actions; not theoretical lectures

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2014 / 04:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience Pope Francis continued to reflect on the Church as mother, explaining that she teaches us by example how to go to the essential point of the Gospel, which is mercy. “Like a good mother and educator, she focuses on what is essential; and the essential, according to the Gospel, is mercy. But the Church’s teaching is not something merely theoretical, it doesn’t give lectures, but rather … [Read more...]

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Bishops’ synod taking on a less formal tone under Pope Francis

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The upcoming synod of bishops on the family will be set on a more informal tune, the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, wrote in an article published in the Sept. 10 issue of L'Osservatore Romano. Cardinal Baldisseri explained how the coming synod may be considered different from its predecessors, as well as the ongoing process of reform of the synod, whose members were made public Sept. 9. The … [Read more...]

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Pope prays for family of journalist executed by Islamic State

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2014 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has offered prayerful condolences to the family of Steven Sotloff, a U.S. journalist who was executed earlier this month by militants of the Islamic State. “(Pope Francis) entrusts Steven’s soul to the Lord and offers prayers for you and all who mourn his death,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, said in a telegram sent Sept. 5 to the journalist’s family on the Pope's … [Read more...]

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Global organization of religions proposed to counter terrorism

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2014 / 01:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent meeting with Pope Francis, former Israeli president Shimon Peres suggested forming an “Organization of United Relations” to counter those who use religion for terroristic aims. Peres, who stepped down as president of Israel in July, met with Pope Francis for 45 minutes and suggested that the Pope guide his proposed international organization. The former president was one of the main characters of the invocation … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Love doesn’t care if you’re ugly or beautiful

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2014 / 10:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily at Tuesday's Mass, Pope Francis spoke about the love of Christ for his Church, noting how in the Gospel he prayed for his disciples, chose them personally, and remained close to each. “These are things of love! Love does not consider whether someone has an ugly face or a beautiful face: it loves! And Jesus does the same: He loves and chooses with love. He chooses all,” the Pope voiced to attendees of his … [Read more...]

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Irish Church’s new leader honored, humbled as he takes helm

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2014 / 08:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Cardinal Sean Brady resigns at the customary age of 75, newly appointed Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland Eamon Martin says he is looking forward to shepherding his new flock. “I genuinely feel honored to assume the role of 'Shepherd' in the Archdiocese of Armagh. I look forward to serving the people of sixty-one parishes in the counties of Armagh, Derry, Louth and Tyrone,” Archbishop Martin said in a … [Read more...]

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Cardinals join to defend Church doctrine on divorce, remarriage

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2014 / 03:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Five members of the College of Cardinals have joint-authored a book defending Church doctrine regarding divorced and remarried Catholics, affirming that it is the most merciful approach. Set to be published in English this October, the book is entitled “Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church.” It offers a response to Cardinal Walter Kasper's call for the Church to open its doors to … [Read more...]

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