Francis announces special collection for victims of Ukraine conflict

Vatican City, Apr 3, 2016 / 05:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis announced that a special collection will be taken up in all Catholic churches in Europe April 24, the funds of which will go toward relief for all suffering due to ongoing violence in Ukraine.After celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Square on Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis led pilgrims in praying the Regina Caeli, telling them beforehand that “on this day, which is like the heart of the Holy Year of … [Read more...]

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Mercy is an open book – and it’s our task to write it, Pope says

Vatican City, Apr 3, 2016 / 04:08 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- On Divine Mercy Sunday Pope Francis said the “Gospel of Mercy” begun by Jesus and the apostles is still unfinished, and is an open book that each person is called to write through their words and actions.“The Gospel is the book of God’s mercy, to be read and reread, because everything that Jesus said and did is an expression of the Father’s mercy,” the Pope said April 3.He noted how at the … [Read more...]

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You can’t receive mercy without sharing it, Pope says

Vatican City, Apr 2, 2016 / 12:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Receiving God’s mercy ignites in us the drive to become “instruments of mercy,” especially to the weakest and the marginalized, Pope Francis said Saturday at a vigil for the feast of Divine Mercy.“The more we receive, the more we are called to share it with others; it cannot be kept hidden or kept only for ourselves,” he said, addressing those gathered in St. Peter’s Basilica. “It is … [Read more...]

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You can’t receive mercy without sharing it, Pope says

Vatican City, Apr 2, 2016 / 12:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Receiving God’s mercy ignites in us the drive to become “instruments of mercy,” especially to the weakest and the marginalized, Pope Francis said Saturday at a vigil for the feast of Divine Mercy.“The more we receive, the more we are called to share it with others; it cannot be kept hidden or kept only for ourselves,” he said, addressing those gathered in St. Peter’s Basilica. “It is … [Read more...]

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The Vatican remembers the “unconventionally angelic” Mother Angelica

Vatican City, Apr 2, 2016 / 10:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After the death of Mother Angelica, founder of EWTN, on Easter Sunday, many in and around the Vatican praised the bold nun’s courageous witness at a time of crisis in the Church, and expressed their appreciation for the work EWTN continues to do. In an April 1 Memorial Mass for Mother Angelica in Rome, Cardinal George Pell praised the nun’s effectiveness in spreading the Good News, and thanked God for “her … [Read more...]

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US Bishops back legal protection for doctors who won’t provide abortions

Washington D.C., Apr 2, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A proposed conscience protection act for health care professionals who oppose abortion would benefit both medical providers and their patients, U.S. Catholic bishops said Thursday as they urged support among the House of Representatives.“The Conscience Protection Act will address the deficiencies that block effective enforcement of existing laws, most notably by establishing a private right of action allowing victims of … [Read more...]

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Carolina controversy: bathroom bills raise questions of safety, privacy

Charlotte, N.C., Apr 1, 2016 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The overturn of a Charlotte, North Carolina ordinance allowing biological males to enter women’s restrooms helps offer important protections against sexual predators, said family advocacy groups this week.“The (original) Charlotte ordinance jeopardized the safety of women, and children,” Tami L. Fitzgerald executive director of the North Carolina Values Coalition, told CNA March 29. “It would have allowed any man … [Read more...]

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