Pope Francis’ new cardinals shed light on Church’s minorities

Vatican City, Jan 4, 2015 / 06:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis announced the names of the 15 bishops to be created cardinal electors in February, many of whom hail from small dioceses which have never before had a cardinal. “As was already announced, next February 14 I will have the joy of holding a Consistory, during which I will name 15 new Cardinals who manifest the indissoluble links between the Church of Rome and the particular Churches present in … [Read more...]

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For Catholics in Ukraine ‘the situation in the war zones is catastrophic’

Kharkiv, Ukraine, Jan 3, 2015 / 06:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- For Bishop Stanislav Shyrokoradiuk of Kharkiv-Zaporizha, the situation in Eastern Ukraine is dramatic: his diocese encompasses almost the entire eastern part of Ukraine, including areas that are no longer under the control of the government in Kyiv. “The situation in the war zones is catastrophic. There is hunger. More than 80 people have already died of it in Luhansk and Donetsk,” the Bishop of … [Read more...]

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Conference to consider the human element in Catholic family life

Rome, Italy, Jan 2, 2015 / 01:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic marriage preparation and pastoral care of the family in light of human nature will be the topic of an upcoming Rome conference that takes inspiration from the Extraordinary Synod on the Family. The conference, hosted at Rome’s Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, aims “to make a constructive contribution to the reflections of the Church on marriage and the family,” a brochure said. The event will take … [Read more...]

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Without the Church, Jesus ‘is at the mercy of our imagination,’ Pope says

Vatican City, Jan 1, 2015 / 04:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on New Year’s Day, Pope Francis said that Jesus and his mother Mary are “inseparable,” just like Jesus and the Church, who is the mother of all humanity that guides her children to God. “To separate Jesus from the Church would introduce an ‘absurd dichotomy,’” the Pope told Mass attendees who were present in St. Peter’s Basilica for his Jan. 1 Mass celebrating the solemnity of … [Read more...]

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In peace message, Pope takes aim at modern-day slavery

Vatican City, Jan 1, 2015 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Denouncing modern slavery as a “scourge,” Pope Francis on New Year’s Day called for concrete action and the “globalization of fraternity” to combat slavery and human trafficking. “Whenever sin corrupts the human heart and distances us from our Creator and our neighbors, the latter are no longer regarded as beings of equal dignity, as brothers or sisters sharing a common humanity, but rather as … [Read more...]

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Pope: This New Year’s, embrace gratitude, reject slavery of sin

Vatican City, Dec 31, 2014 / 01:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the year's end, Pope Francis reflected on Christ’s saving presence within time, cautioning against nostalgia for the slavery of sin, and encouraging gratitude that leads to repentance. The theme of time was central to Pope Francis' off-the-cuff homily, delivered during evening Vespers in Saint Peter’s Basilica Dec. 31. “The significance of time, temporality,” he said, “is the atmosphere of … [Read more...]

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In Zimbabwe, poverty is the Church’s biggest enemy

Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, Dec 30, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Felix Tachiona Mukaro is disappointed in his country’s politicians, as many Zimbabweans are, saying they are more concerned with power than the peoples' poverty. “All they care about is influence and power, not the country itself or the fact that the economy is in shambles and people don’t know how they are supposed to make it through the day,” he said in a recent interview with international … [Read more...]

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