The Vatican is changing how it verifies miracles

Vatican City, Sep 23, 2016 / 11:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Changes to the regulations for confirming alleged miracles during the causes of saints aim to preserve the scientific rigor of the examination and maintain its distinction from matters of theology, it was announced Friday.The changes, which were approved by Pope Francis Aug. 24, were announced by the Vatican Sept. 23. They concern the professional secrecy of the proceedings regarding presumed miracles and hold that a supermajority of … [Read more...]

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Religious Christmas carols to be allowed in veterans’ hospitals

Washington D.C., Sep 23, 2016 / 06:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- New clarifications about Department of Veterans Affairs rules have resolved a dispute about religious Christmas carols, gifts and displays in veterans’ hospitals, a chaplains’ group has said.“No one should try to water down Christmas for our veterans just because they object to any religious references or items. I am most grateful that the VA has clarified their policy prior to the upcoming holidays,” Chaplain … [Read more...]

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What a Charlotte priest will tell his flock after a fatal police shooting

Charlotte, N.C., Sep 23, 2016 / 03:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Patrick Winslow is a priest at a Catholic church in Charlotte’s University City neighborhood.After a police shooting left a man dead and roused hundreds of people in protest amid conflicting stories, he’s been thinking about what he can say to his flock.“I think they need to hear a simple message of prayer, of charity, and reassurance that we are called to be a light in the midst of many darknesses in this … [Read more...]

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For Bishop Olmsted, Pope Francis shows continuity on marriage

Phoenix, Ariz., Sep 23, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has not changed Catholic practice on Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried. Rather, his goal is to help welcome them to the Church, Phoenix’s Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted has said.The Pope gives “special attention to those who walk on the edge of despair” because of personal failures, family problems, and “the complex and contradictory situations in which they find themselves now,” Bishop … [Read more...]

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Journalism can’t be a ‘weapon of destruction’, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Sep 22, 2016 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Emphasizing the importance of respect for human dignity, Pope Francis told journalists Thursday that their profession can never be used as a destructive weapon, nor should it be used to nourish fear.“Certainly criticism is legitimate, and, I would add, necessary, just as is the denunciation of evil, but this must always be done respecting the other, his life, and his affect. Journalism cannot become a 'weapon of destruction' … [Read more...]

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Religion has the responsibility to condemn terrorism, Vatican official says

New York City, N.Y., Sep 22, 2016 / 03:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While genocide, war crimes, and violence against humanity continue to plague individuals across the globe, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin called for the protection of victims of atrocities and urged both religious leaders and national authorities to step up preventive measures.“In the face of these grave crimes, there exists a grave responsibility, first for nation States and then for the international … [Read more...]

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Trump names 33 conservative Catholics as new advisers

Washington D.C., Sep 22, 2016 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has released a list of 33 prominent conservative Catholic advisers for his campaign, according to reports from Philly.com, a website of The Inquirer and Daily News.The announcement comes in the midst of a highly contentious election season and at a time when Trump is struggling in the polls among Catholic voters, according to some reports.Among the released names of advisers are former … [Read more...]

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