Read the official prayer for Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba

Havana, Cuba, Sep 10, 2015 / 10:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Cuban bishops have issued a prayer to help prepare for Pope Francis' Sept. 19-22 visit to their island nation, focused on the visit's theme, “Missionary of Mercy.” Its recitation will be part of the novena following the feast of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre, the island's patroness, which was celebrated Sept. 8. The prayer is as follows: Oh God, the good Father, and rich in mercy: through the … [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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After fire damages Indianapolis church, archbishop asks for prayers

Indianapolis, Ind., Sep 10, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A fire badly damaged St. Monica Catholic Church in northwest Indianapolis overnight on Wednesday. “Please pray for the parish of St. Monica,” Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis said in a Sept. 9 statement. The archbishop visited the parish to survey the damage The parish’s Facebook page showed photos of the damage, but also showed a picture of a large Virgin Mary statue that survived the … [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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Women who survived abortions ask Congress to defund Planned Parenthood

Washington D.C., Sep 9, 2015 / 04:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Abortion survivors testified on Capitol Hill Wednesday against continuing federal funding of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the U.S. One of the witnesses, Melissa Ohden, said in her written Aug. 9 testimony before the House Judiciary Committee that while some of them had survived abortion attempts at clinics not affiliated with Planned Parenthood, “the expectation for our lives to be ended by abortion are … [Read more...]

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Queen Elizabeth II’s remarkable reign – and what her faith has to do with it

Rome, Italy, Sep 9, 2015 / 03:20 pm (CNA).- She has met the Beatles. She speaks fluent French. She has survived 12 U.S. Presidents and she even has a Facebook page. She served in WWII, driving a truck for the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service where she was known to change a flat tire or two. Today, Queen Elizabeth II adds on to her diverse list of accomplishments by becoming the longest-reigning monarch in British history with 63 years, 7 months and two days under her … [Read more...]

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