‘Gay agenda’ at the World Meeting of Families? Not at all, Philly Archdiocese says

Philadelphia, Pa., May 31, 2015 / 08:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In response to claims that a “homosexual activist” is acting as “gatekeeper” to exhibitors at the upcoming World Meeting of Families, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has said that nothing could be farther from the truth.“Recently, some confusion has arisen regarding who is responsible for determining eligibility for individuals and groups applying to become exhibitors at the World Meeting of Families … [Read more...]

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Are farming co-ops just a hipster trend? These Catholics beg to differ

San Francisco, Calif., May 31, 2015 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Anyone who's familiar with “Portlandia” probably remembers Colin the chicken – a heritage-breed, woodland-raised fowl who was fed a diet of sheep's milk, soy and (local) hazelnuts and lived a happy life on a (local) 4-acre farm before succumbing to its fate on the plates of two insufferable hipsters. While the comedy show, based in and around Portland, Ore., takes cultural mores to hilarious extremes, … [Read more...]

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On feast of the Holy Trinity, Church celebrates ‘love of the living God’

Vatican City, May 31, 2015 / 12:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the revelation of the Holy Trinity, God shows the Church his selfless love and unity that we are called to foster in our own communities, Pope Francis said in his Sunday Angelus address.“The Trinity is a communion of divine persons who are one with the other, one for the other, one in the other: this communion is the life of God, the mystery of the love of the living God,” the Pope said in his May 31 address.Like the … [Read more...]

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Pope’s environmental encyclical to be titled ‘Laudato Sii’ (Praised Be You)

Vatican City, May 31, 2015 / 07:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Taken from St. Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of the Sun” prayer praising God for creation, the likely name of the Pope’s upcoming encyclical was informally announced just weeks before its anticipated publication. Fr. Giuseppe Costa, director of the Vatican Publishing House, reportedly announced the encyclical’s title during the delivery of the Cardinal Michele Giordano prize Saturday afternoon, May 30, in Naples. The prize honors the forme … [Read more...]

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After mounting criticism, Scotland’s assisted suicide bill defeated in Parliament

Edinburgh, Scotland, May 31, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The controversial Assisted Suicide Scotland Bill was defeated on Wednesday by the Scottish Parliament 82-36 in a free vote in Edinburgh, following rising dissent against the legislation. "Today our parliamentarians took a step towards building a society that has the dignity of the human person - and especially the most vulnerable - at its very heart, and for that we are grateful," Archbishop Leo Cushley of St. Andrews … [Read more...]

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The Vatican’s arduous task of communicating in the modern age

Vatican City, May 30, 2015 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- What needs to change in the Vatican's communications department to make it worthy of Pope Francis? How are the problems of understaffed and overwhelmed office going to be fixed? What does excellence in communicating look like in 2015 for an institution that's 2,000 year-old? These and other questions were recently tackled by the committee tasked with Vatican media reforms – a hopeful project, but one that's destined for … [Read more...]

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Pope to sick children: Don’t be afraid to ask God ‘Why?’

Vatican City, May 30, 2015 / 12:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- “Why do children suffer?” Pope Francis asked this of a group of children with serious illnesses or disabilities and their parents, some of whom had been told to abort their babies because of their condition.The Holy Father answered with a question he might ask God while gazing at the Cross: “Why is Your Son there?”“It is the mystery of the Cross,” he said.The pontiff made these remarks during a … [Read more...]

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