Cardinal Pell responds to reports of synod letter

Vatican City, Oct 12, 2015 / 01:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The text of a letter allegedly written by 13 cardinals to Pope Francis is inaccurate, said Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy, adding that the contents of private documents should remain private. “The list of signatories is wrong, and so is the content,” Cardinal Pell told CNA Oct. 12. “I don't know what they did, exactly. Perhaps they attributed incorrect signatures to … [Read more...]

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Vatican aims for child protection norms to be custom-fitted per culture

Vatican City, Oct 12, 2015 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When it comes to protection against abuse, guidelines need to be implemented according to the customs of each country if they are to be effective, said one official of the Vatican's commission for the protection of minors, which met in Rome over the weekend. “The important thing about guidelines is that they've got to fit the country that they're in, and the culture that they're in,” said commission member … [Read more...]

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Updated: Cardinal Dolan reportedly among concerned bishops who wrote Pope about synod

Vatican City, Oct 12, 2015 / 05:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- New York's archbishop is listed among the signatories in a letter last week to Pope Francis over whether this year's Synod on the Family lacked the “openness and genuine collegiality” needed to accomplish its purpose, it was revealed Monday. In the letter dated Oct. 5, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the other prelates allegedly addressed the Pope with the aim of alerting him to concerns that new procedures imposed on this … [Read more...]

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Disunity in the Church is perilous, Archbishop Chaput cautions at synod

Vatican City, Oct 11, 2015 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia spoke to the synod fathers on Saturday on the importance of precision in language, particularly regarding unity in diversity, and recalled the Protestant Reformation. “Imprecise language leads to confused thinking,” the archbishop said Oct. 10 at the Vatican, giving “two examples that should cause us some concern”: 'inclusive' and 'unity in … [Read more...]

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Pope prays for victims of weekend blasts in Turkey

Vatican City, Oct 11, 2015 / 08:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis expressed his condolences Sunday for those affected by attacks in Ankara during a protest over the weekend which has left at least 95 people dead. Addressing the crowds in St. Peter's Square following the Angelus Oct. 11, the Pope said he received the news of Saturday's attacks “with great pain." “Pain for the many killed. Pain for the wounded. Pain because the perpetrators attacked unarmed … [Read more...]

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Proclaim the beauty of God’s plan for family, LA archbishop tells synod

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2015 / 05:55 pm (CNA/Vatican Insider).- Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles addressed his fellow synod fathers on Saturday, encouraging the Church in sharing the beauty of the Creator's plan for creation, the human person, and the family. “I believe that the Church must present a new evangelical catechesis on creation, as an essential element of the new evangelization,” he said Oct. 10 in a brief address, known as an intervention, during the Synod on the … [Read more...]

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Don’t fall into the traps of relativism and rigidity, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2015 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Friday Pope Francis focused on the importance of knowing how to discern whether something comes from God or the devil, who seduces and leads us to either become too rigid or relativistic. “The Evil Spirit never tires...the Christian can never be assured that all is well, he must discern things and be well aware of where they come from, of what their roots are,” the Pope said Oct. 9 during his Mass in the … [Read more...]

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