Marriage – between a man and a woman – is under attack, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2015 / 12:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told couples to defend God's design for the family as the union of a man and woman for the procreation of children, and urged them to be merciful to those whose marriages have failed. Today “the family – as God wants it, composed of a man and a woman for the good of the spouses and also the generation and education of children – is deformed by powerful contrary projects supported by ideological … [Read more...]

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With official launch, ACI Stampa aims to revitalize Italian Catholic news

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2015 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic news is an opportunity to serve truth and evangelization. So says the head of the Italian-language news agency ACI Stampa, which officially launched Sept. 10. “In a world where media takes a fundamental role, the birth of a new Catholic information service is a big challenge, but it is also a way of showing that the Catholic Church has a lot of energy and enthusiasm,” said Angela Ambrogetti, ACI Stampa editor. She … [Read more...]

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Vatican officially confirms Pope Francis’ visit to Africa in November

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2015 / 07:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican today officially announced that Pope Francis will travel to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic in November, a plan informally revealed by the Pope himself this summer.   After accepting “the invitation issued by the respective Heads of State and the Bishops,” Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the African continent from Nov. 25-30, a Sept. 10 communique from the Vatican announced. He will set … [Read more...]

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How might the new annulment process affect the Synod on the Family?

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2015 / 03:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- By reforming the process for discovering the nullity of marriage on Tuesday, mere weeks before the beginning of October's Synod on the Family, Pope Francis has taken that issue out of the hands of the synod fathers. The decision could impact the Synod of Bishops, however, by reducing the perceived need for a quick solution to the issue of granting the divorced-and-remarried access to Communion – since the reformed process may … [Read more...]

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The Pope’s annulment move? It’s a good thing, Vatican official says

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2015 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A member of the Vatican council charged with interpreting Church law says the increased role of bishops in the annulment process is a positive step that will ensure the procedure is done responsibly. Placing a greater emphasis on the role of bishops “will strengthen, and not weaken, the purpose of the process,” Father Cuong Pham told CNA Sept. 9. New changes to the annulment process were published yesterday, Sept. 8, in … [Read more...]

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Churches, families must be places of welcome, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2015 / 07:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Wednesday spoke of the bond which must exist between families and the Christian community, stressing that the Church, in following the Gospel, must always keep its doors open. "Churches, parishes, and institutions whose doors are closed should not call themselves churches,” the Pope said. “They should call themselves museums!” The Church, in living out the Gospel, must welcome people “with … [Read more...]

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Revamped annulment process focuses on speed, role of local bishops

Vatican City, Sep 8, 2015 / 07:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a reformed marriage annulment process, Pope Francis has made significant changes, giving more of a role to the local bishop, dropping automatic appeals, and declaring the process free of charge. Announced Tuesday, the new process is aimed at streamlining the system for granting annulments out of concern “for the salvation of souls” while affirming the longstanding Catholic teaching on marriage indissolubility. The … [Read more...]

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