What saves us from loneliness? Family! Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2015 / 04:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Family rescues us from indifference and loneliness and teaches us the essentials of life, Pope Francis said – adding that as the family of God, the Church has the same role and must evaluate how to live this out.  “Like Saint Peter, the Church is called to be a fisher of men, and so too needs a new type of net. Families are this net,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Oct. 7 general … [Read more...]

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What was JPII’s secret to inspiring the youth? His mere presence, secretary says

Washington D.C., Oct 7, 2015 / 03:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of next year’s World Youth Day in Krakow, the long-time secretary for Pope John Paul II explained how the saint inspired a generation even though many never saw him in person. “The thing that was attractive, that attracted young people to John Paul II, was not even what he was saying to them, but who he really was,” Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, told CNA through a translator. For the youth, “it … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis backs the new synod process in an unanticipated speech

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2015 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an unexpected speech at the synod on Tuesday, Pope Francis has stated that this gathering is in continuity with 2014 synod, which he said never called into question the Church's teaching on marriage. He also emphasized that the official documents of the 2014 synod are his two speeches, and its final report. The full text of the Holy Father's intervention has not made public, but Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Erdö’s emphatic defense of Church teaching marked synod’s first day

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2015 / 02:48 pm (National Catholic Register).- Monday, the first full day of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, was dominated by the introductory address of the synod’s general relator, Cardinal Peter Erdö of Esztergom-Budapest. The entire text of Cardinal Erdö's Oct. 5 speech was released only in Italian, but has been translated into English by the staff of Catholic News Agency. In his speech, Cardinal Erdö reasserted much of the … [Read more...]

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For UK archbishop, the plight of migrant families strikes a chord

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2015 / 02:38 pm (CNA).- As Europe continues to face mass migration from crisis zones, the synod discussions cannot ignore the weighty impact this crisis has on families, said U.K. Cardinal Vincent Nichols. “We should have the integrity of the family foremost in our minds,” the cardinal told CNA, speaking about the many families who have become separated by the migrant crisis. He cited as an example the trials of Middle Eastern migrants who have family … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis could visit Mexico in first half of 2016

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2015 / 11:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is seriously considering a trip to Mexico in 2016, the vice director of the Holy See Press Office told CNA today. Italian priest Fr. Ciro Benedettini said that the trip could take place in the first half of next year, and that if it does, we can expect the agenda to be released in November. Mexico would be Pope Francis’ fourth trip to the Americas, the first being to Brazil for World Youth Day in August 2013. His … [Read more...]

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Full text of Cardinal Erdo’s introductory report for the Synod on the Family

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2015 / 10:26 am (CNA).- On Oct. 5, the opening day of the 2015 Synod on the Family, Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest -- who is the synod's relator general -- gave an introductory speech to the synod fathers. Drawing from the working document for the synod as well as recent magisterial documents, Cardinal Erdo surveyed the work the assembly is called to do. He examined current challenges to the family and marriage, the vocation of the family, and the family's … [Read more...]

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