Roster of women increases on Vatican theological board

Vatican City, Sep 24, 2014 / 02:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Announced Tuesday, Pope Francis' appointments to the International Theological Commission include a greater number of women than before, and come from more diverse locales, vocations, and charisms. “Women now constitute 16 percent of the Commission’s members, a sign of growing female involvement in theological research,” noted a Sept. 23 statement from the commission. “In 2014 it was also decided to further … [Read more...]

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Vatican, SSPX officials resume meetings on doctrinal issues

Rome, Italy, Sep 24, 2014 / 12:14 am (CNA).- Officials of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith met with representatives of the Society of St. Pius X on Tuesday for two hours at the Vatican to discuss matters of Church teaching. “During the meeting, various problems of a doctrinal and canonical nature were examined, and it was decided to proceed gradually and over a reasonable period of time in order to overcome difficulties and with a view to the envisioned full … [Read more...]

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Former Dominican Republic nuncio on house arrest over sex abuse charges

Vatican City, Sep 23, 2014 / 05:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See press officer announced Tuesday that Jozef Wesolowski, the former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic who was laicized earlier this year, has been put under house arrest amid an official investigation into charges of pedophilia. He is accused of having paid for sex with minors while nuncio to the Dominican Republic. “The seriousness of the allegations has prompted the official investigation to impose a … [Read more...]

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Jesus is ‘waiting to be recognized in migrants,’ Pope stresses

Vatican City, Sep 23, 2014 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- All Christians must recognize Jesus Christ in migrants and refugees, and welcome them with “respect and solidarity” while avoiding “suspicion and prejudice,” Pope Francis has said. “The mission of the Church, herself a pilgrim in the world and the Mother of all, is thus to love Jesus Christ, to adore and love him, particularly in the poorest and most abandoned; among these are certainly migrants and … [Read more...]

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The Middle East: A deficiency of love, says Lebanese speaker

Boulder, Colo., Sep 23, 2014 / 04:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Beneath the complex and violent situation in the Middle East lies a deficiency of love, said Lebanese-born Christian André Houssney at a recent talk in Boulder, Colo. “This is a family story. The story of the Middle East is a story of the family of Abraham. The people of the Middle East, whether Jews, Christians, or Muslims, trace their history spiritually, and sometimes genetically, back to Abraham,” Houssney noted, … [Read more...]

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‘You are not alone’: Social media campaign supports persecuted Christians

Rome, Italy, Sep 23, 2014 / 03:26 pm (CNA).- Thousands of believers have come together to offer support for persecuted Christians in the Middle East, inspired by the words of Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the personal envoy of Pope Francis to Iraq. In an interview with CNA, Mauricio Artieda, the director of Catholic-Link, discussed the “20 Days for Peace” campaign, which Catholic-Link launched to urge people to pray for the difficult situation faced by Christians in Iraq and … [Read more...]

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‘Pope’s mailmen’ deliver dreams of 70,000 students to the Vatican

Rome, Italy, Sep 23, 2014 / 11:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Nicknamed “the Pope’s mailmen,” a group of five Argentinean fathers traveled on bicycle from Buenos Aires to the Vatican to deliver letters from 70,000 students to the Holy Father. Juanjo Vargas, Manuel Fernandez, Rodolfo Deccico, Santiago Fernandez and Pablo Pascual arrived in Rome on Sept. 18, after bicycling across Argentina, Spain, France and Italy, covering more than 3100 kilometers. The men are part of the … [Read more...]

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