How to understand Pope Francis’ ‘apology’ to the gay community

Vatican City, Jun 30, 2016 / 09:35 am (CNA).- As Pope Francis on Sunday backed the idea of apologizing to gay individuals who may feel marginalized by the Church, discussion has once again broken out over how to interpret the pontiff’s words.Debate flared up overnight after the Pope responded to a question about recent comments made by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who said the Church must apologize to homosexual persons for having “marginalized” them.While Pope Francis did not … [Read more...]

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L.A. archdiocese launches Angelus News in a missionary spirit

Los Angeles, Calif., Jun 30, 2016 / 09:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Los Angeles archdiocese is set to launch a new media platform called Angelus News, and it looks to California’s sainted missionary priest for inspiration.“Following on the footsteps of St. Junípero Serra, a man of heroic virtue and holiness who had only one burning ambition – to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the peoples of the New World – we now need to send missionaries to proclaim the … [Read more...]

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In Rio, cardinal invites homeless to help celebrate his birthday

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jun 30, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Rio de Janeiro's Cardinal Orani Tempesta celebrated his 66th birthday with a special visit: he spent his time with a group of homeless people.On June 22, after a previous birthday celebration, the cardinal went out at night around 11:00 p.m. to the downtown area to meet some homeless people and to celebrate his birthday with them, the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro reported.“The cardinal offered gifts, blankets, milk … [Read more...]

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Mercy without works is dead, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jun 30, 2016 / 05:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Jubilee general audience for the month of June, Pope Francis focused his speech on the works of mercy and how to put them into action. He also gave thanks for his recent visit to Armenia, and spoke of his coming trips to Georgia and Azerbaijan.“Mercy without works is dead,” the Pope said June 30, quoting St. James. What brings mercy to life, he said, is “it’s constant dynamism for going to meet the needy and … [Read more...]

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What do Catholics and Eastern Orthodox disagree about, anyway?

Vatican City, Jun 30, 2016 / 03:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With the Eastern Orthodox wrapping up their “pan-Orthodox Council” this past weekend, it might be a good time to take a look at the factors that separate Catholics from their sister Churches in the east.The main issues of disagreement are the primacy of the Bishop of Rome and elements of Trinitarian teaching, although conflict also exists over the Immaculate Conception, purgatory and other doctrines.For 1,000 years after … [Read more...]

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ACLU targets grants for pro-life groups that aid migrants

San Francisco, Calif., Jun 30, 2016 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics and other groups that receive grants to care for immigrants are in the sights of the American Civil Liberties Union, which has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services.The legal group’s recent lawsuit says that social agencies that get federal money to care for refugees and undocumented migrants from Central America should be required to offer contraception and abortion, even if they … [Read more...]

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SSPX clarifies: Canonical recognition not its primary concern

Sion, Switzerland, Jun 29, 2016 / 02:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After indications of progress toward reconciliation earlier this year, the head of the Society of St. Pius X stated Wednesday that canonical recognition is not what the priestly society primarily seeks.“The Society of Saint Pius X, in the present state of grave necessity which gives it the right and duty to administer spiritual aid to the souls that turn to it, does not seek primarily a canonical recognition,” Bishop … [Read more...]

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