Why Pope Francis’ visit matters to Armenians

Vatican City, May 13, 2016 / 04:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit to Armenia this summer comes at a poignant time in the country’s history.The Holy Father’s June 24-26 visit comes just after the close of the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and during the Year of Mercy, a significance not lost on the Armenian people, said Mikayel Minasyan, Armenian Ambassador to the Holy See.The Armenian people have learned to be strong because of their history, … [Read more...]

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What did Pope Francis actually say about the female deaconate?

Vatican City, May 13, 2016 / 04:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Yesterday Pope Francis raised eyebrows around the world after declaring his openness to establishing a commission to study the female deaconate, but a careful look at his full response is less of a shocker, and points to nothing new.In fact, in addition to giving a brief summary of a deaconesses duties in the ancient Church, Pope suggested that in modern times, nuns perhaps already fill the role.“(The question) touches the problem … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis says he’s open to studying the female diaconate

Vatican City, May 12, 2016 / 10:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday Pope Francis said he would be open to the idea of forming a commission to study the historical context of the female diaconate, as well as the possibility of women serving as deacons today.He spoke to some 800 members of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG), who are meeting in Rome May 9-13 for their Plenary Assembly, which focuses largely on the role of women in the Church, and obstacles hindering … [Read more...]

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The amazing promise of adult stem cells, and how the Church supports it

Vatican City, May 11, 2016 / 04:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 3-D printing of human tissue. Organ transplant therapy for cancer victims that reduces fatalities by 75 percent.These developments are on the cutting edge of what adult stem cells can do for the medical field. And standing alongside them is the Catholic Church, which promotes ethical forms of research that have yielded the most promising results.A recent Vatican conference focused specifically on ethical forms of stem cell research drew … [Read more...]

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No one can take our dignity – not even the devil, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, May 11, 2016 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis said the father’s embrace in the Parable of the Prodigal Son is a reminder that we never ought to despair, because nothing and no one can take away our dignity as children of God.Pointing to how the father in the parable had watched and waited for his younger son’s return, Francis noted how “tenderly he saw him from afar, meaning that he waited for him constantly, from above.”“The … [Read more...]

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Beijing, Taipei, and the future of Vatican-Chinese relations

Vatican City, May 11, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new phase in relations between the Holy See and mainland China could begin with a new vacancy in the apostolic nunciature now based in Taiwan.The presence of an apostolic nunciature in Taiwan dates back to the Chinese Civil War; it has been a hurdle for diplomatic relations for decades.The People’s Republic of China (mainland China) has never acknowledged the existence of Taiwan as the Republic of China. It considers Taiwan a … [Read more...]

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We have a common witness, Pope Francis tells Coptic Orthodox patriarch

Vatican City, May 10, 2016 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday sent a message to Tawadros II to mark the “day of friendship” between Catholics and the Coptic Orthodox, acknowledging their common commitment to being witnesses of holiness and defending the dignity of human life.“Though we are still journeying towards the day when we will gather as one at the same eucharistic table, we are able even now to make visible the communion uniting us,” Pope … [Read more...]

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