Archbishop Chaput named as one of new members on synod council

Vatican City, Nov 14, 2015 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday the names of the 15 cardinals and bishops chosen to prepare for the next synod were announced by the Vatican – one of them being Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia. The names of the new members of the synod council were announced in a Nov. 14 communique from the Vatican. The Council for the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops is charged with preparing for the Ordinary Synod, which takes place every … [Read more...]

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Vatican shocked over Paris terror attacks, calls for global response

Vatican City, Nov 13, 2015 / 06:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After Friday evening's devastating terror attacks throughout Paris that are reported to have claimed over 100 lives, the Vatican voiced its dismay over the events and urged a “decisive” response. “We are shocked by this new manifestation of maddening, terrorist violence and hatred which we condemn in the most radical way together with the Pope and all those who love peace,” Holy See press office director Fr. … [Read more...]

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Catholics unite in prayer as Paris terror siege continues

Paris, France, Nov 13, 2015 / 04:34 pm (CNA).- Amid devastating attacks at locations throughout Paris, Church leaders are calling for prayer.   Prayers for Paris tonight. https://t.co/hhypH6KBJd — US Catholic Bishops (@USCCB) November 13, 2015“May St Denis and Our Lady of Lourdes intercede tonight for the people of Paris,” Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska said on Twitter. “My prayers are with the people of Paris tonight. Let us pray for the … [Read more...]

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Report of religious group ‘sex slave’ rattles Church in Spain

Barcelona, Spain, Nov 13, 2015 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- A man who identified himself as a former missionary with the pseudonym of “Paulino” recently made accusations to the Spanish press that he had been a sex slave of a religious congregation which has roots in Barcelona. He is accusing the Missionary Community of the Saint Paul the Apostle (MCSPA), founded by the late Spanish priest Fr. Francisco Andreo García. The community has a presence in Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, … [Read more...]

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US Supreme Court will hear challenge to Texas abortion law

Washington D.C., Nov 13, 2015 / 03:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court of the United States announced Friday that it will hear a challenge to Texas’ safety standards for abortion clinics, in what could be a significant abortion case. Pro-life advocates welcomed the opportunity for the court to uphold the law. “The Supreme Court now has the opportunity to confirm that states have a legitimate and compelling interest in better ensuring the safety and health of women who … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, the Eucharist satisfies our every hunger

Vatican City, Nov 13, 2015 / 02:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For Pope Francis, the Eucharist is all that can satisfy humanity’s deepest hungers and longings, and is a source of hope, joy, and zeal in leading others to Christ. “Human beings all over the word today need nourishment. And this nourishment is not just to satisfy physical hunger,” the Pope said in his Nov. 10 video message for the opening of India's 50th National Eucharistic Congress, being held in Mumbai. In … [Read more...]

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Beware the ‘idolatry of immanence,’ Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Nov 13, 2015 / 01:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis cautioned against making idols out of earthly things, including our own habits, and stressed that while these will eventually fade away, their Creator is the only thing that will remain. “This idolatry of being attached to the beauty of the here and now, without (a sense of) the transcendence, we all run the risk of having that. It’s the idolatry of immanence,” the Pope said Nov. 13 during his daily Mass … [Read more...]

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