Church on front line against Ebola outbreak, official says

Vatican City, Aug 8, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church plays a fundamental role in responding to the worst outbreak of Ebola infections in history, a Holy See collaborator has explained. “The Catholic Church manages health facilities, and so it will be able to care for Ebola-affected people whenever the structures have the capacity to keep the infected people in isolation,” Monsignor Robert J. Vitillo told CNA. Msgr. Vitillo is special advisor to the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis appoints personal envoy to Iraq

Vatican City, Aug 7, 2014 / 08:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In light of the increasingly dramatic situation of Christians in Iraq following the expansion of ISIS forces to the plain of Nineveh, Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Fernando Filoni as his personal envoy. “In light of the grave situation in Iraq, the Holy Father has nominated Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of peoples, as his personal envoy to express his spiritual closeness to the … [Read more...]

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Pope issues urgent appeal for global help of Iraqi Christians

Vatican City, Aug 7, 2014 / 08:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Iraq’s largest Christian city fell into the hands of the Islamic State, Pope Francis issued an urgent appeal asking for peace, and called for worldwide efforts to assist those affected by increasing violence. “In light of the very distressing events, the Holy Father renews his spiritual closeness to the many who are experiencing this extremely painful trial,” an Aug. 7 statement from the Vatican read. “He … [Read more...]

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Religious leaders help build dialogue in conflict, ambassador says

Vatican City, Aug 7, 2014 / 05:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli ambassador to the Holy See lauded Pope Francis’ continued calls for peace, stating that religious leaders often help two sides of a conflict foster trust. “Sometimes spiritual, religious leaders and interreligious dialogue can pave the way for a dialogue between two sides to a conflict,” Dr. Zion Evrony told CNA August 5. “It can abolish misconceptions, it can … [Read more...]

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Congregation for religious issues guidelines for financial management

Vatican City, Aug 7, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's congregation for religious has released guidelines on the management of congregations, requiring them to adapt to international financial reporting standards and to verify that their financial operations align with their charisma. The guidelines are contained in an Aug. 2 circular letter, released Tuesday, signed by the prefect and the secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of … [Read more...]

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Pope: mercy, compassion at heart of new covenant

Vatican City, Aug 6, 2014 / 05:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first general audience since June, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Church, explaining that Jesus fulfills the Old Testament by giving a new teaching on mercy in the beatitudes. “At the heart of the new covenant is our realization that, in Christ, we are embraced by God’s mercy and compassion, and that our lives must bear witness to his love for all our brothers and sisters,” the pontiff stated in his … [Read more...]

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Bring Jesus to those outside Church, Pope tells altar servers

Vatican City, Aug 5, 2014 / 04:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday met with more than 50,000 altar servers on an annual pilgrimage to Rome from Germany, urging them to bring Jesus to the world, especially those outside the Church. “You are called to speak of Jesus to your contemporaries, not only those within your parishes or associations, but especially to those outside,” he told the altar servers after a Vespers prayer service Aug. 5. He stressed that there must … [Read more...]

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