Ecumenical dialogue in the spotlight as Pope’s Turkey trip approaches

Vatican City, Oct 22, 2014 / 01:57 pm (CNA).- The cardinal heading the Church’s council for Christian Unity has expressed his hope that Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Turkey will help strengthen existing Catholic-Orthodox relations. “The ecumenical vision of the patriarch is very helpful for me because we have some tendencies in the dialogue to avoid the theological questions and to handle other questions,” Cardinal Kurt Koch told CNA Oct. 22. “His holiness, … [Read more...]

Refugees, displaced take center stage at Middle East consistory

Vatican City, Oct 22, 2014 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At Monday's consistory on the Middle East, patriarchs gathered to discuss the threats facing local Christians, and focused on the key task of returning displaced families to their homes. “We are suffering … we feel that we are isolated and that we are forgotten,” Louis Raphael I Sako, Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon, told CNA after the Oct. 20 consistory. “I asked the Pope to send a message to Christians, to … [Read more...]

The Pope’s advice on how to overcome jealousy and pride

Vatican City, Oct 22, 2014 / 10:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly address for the Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis offered advice on fighting those tendencies which “dismember” the Body of Christ, such as jealousy and feelings of superiority. “A jealous heart is a bitter heart, a heart that instead of blood seems to have vinegar, eh! It is a heart that is never happy, it is a heart that disrupts the community,” he told tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered … [Read more...]

The USSR’s Catholic martyrs suffered, but they suffered for God

Denver, Colo., Oct 22, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic victims of the Soviet Union’s cruel anti-Christian persecutions faced execution, exile and arbitrary imprisonment for their faith – and now a new website tells their stories. “The persecution of the Church was immediate. It started within a couple weeks of the October Revolution,” Geraldine Kelley told CNA Oct. 10. “It was brutal. It focused first of all on the confiscation of church property … [Read more...]

Religious freedom deteriorating, but don’t despair, official says

Washington D.C., Oct 22, 2014 / 12:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although religious freedom conditions around the globe are worsening, Americans should see this fact as a cause for motivation rather than despair, said a leading scholar on the issue. “I wish that I could say there has been some improvement in the conditions of religious freedom in the world, but I’m afraid the opposite is true: it’s deteriorated,” said Robert P. George, vice chair of the U.S. Commission on … [Read more...]

Minnesota dioceses sign abuse settlements, pledge to protect children

St. Paul, Minn., Oct 21, 2014 / 07:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two dioceses in Minnesota have reached undisclosed financial settlements with a victim of clergy abuse, promising to implement and abide by policies intended to protect children, and to report perpetrators. “I am deeply saddened and profoundly sorry for the pain suffered by victims, survivors and their families,” Archbishop John Nienstedt of Saint Paul and Minneapolis said Oct. 13. He added that the agreement is a … [Read more...]

Remembering Helen Hull Hitchcock, ‘a true daughter of God’

St. Louis, Mo., Oct 21, 2014 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Helen Hull Hitchcock, a prominent Catholic speaker, author, and advocate for the Church’s teachings on women and liturgy, died at the age of 75 on Monday, Oct. 20, after suffering from a short illness.“She was someone who, in a quiet and unassuming way, had a profound impact on the life of the Church,” said Michael Warsaw, chairman of EWTN, where Hitchcock had served as a board member for more than a decade.Born in … [Read more...]


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