That notorious 2014 synod report? We got it an hour after the media did, cardinal says

Vatican City, Oct 20, 2015 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Wilfrid Napier says the highly controversial midterm report from last year's synod gave weight to issues discussed by only “two or three” people, and was unseen by most synod fathers until after it hit mainstream media. He also alluded to an agenda in the writing of the final report from last year's synod, which he was involved in drafting, saying that in the process some issues were once again “being … [Read more...]

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How Benedict XVI played a special role in a Pope’s cause for sainthood

Vatican City, Oct 20, 2015 / 08:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On his path to beatification, John Paul I can count on a very special supporter: Pope emeritus Benedict XVI. Years ago, he was among those who witnessed the compilation of John Paul I's ‘positio,’ the dossier of documents and testimonies that will determine the virtues of a candidate for sainthood.   That dossier has now been completed, Bishop Giuseppe Andrich of the Diocese of Belluno-Feltre announced Aug. 26. The … [Read more...]

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Strengthen marriage with truth and mercy, Venezuela’s Cardinal Urosa tells synod

Vatican City, Oct 20, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Both truth and mercy can be found in consistent Catholic teaching on marriage, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas told the Synod of Bishops on Thursday. “United to Christ, who has overcome the world, the Church is called to maintain the splendor of truth even in difficult situations,” he said in his Oct. 15 intervention. “Mercy invites the sinner and it becomes forgiveness when one repents and changes one’s … [Read more...]

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How a ‘culture of distraction’ is keeping millennials from marrying

Washington D.C., Oct 20, 2015 / 03:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Consumerism. A culture of distraction. Fear of commitment. These are some of the factors driving today’s young people away from marriage, said a theologian reflecting on the words of Pope Francis in the U.S. “In short, the habits of life promoted by the culture prior to marriage scarcely help form in young people the habits needed for a life of marriage and family,” Dr. David L. Schindler told CNA in a recent … [Read more...]

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Ghana’s bishops ask country to work for fair elections in 2016

Accra, Ghana, Oct 20, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic bishops of Ghana have asked the country’s election commission to register all eligible voters and to work to ensure confidence in the accuracy of the voter registry. They also urged Ghana’s government to provide the necessary resources and logistics to the electoral commission to update the voter registry. They hoped and prayed that all stakeholders, especially political parties, will be honest and truthful in … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Pell: Catholic means universal, not continental

Vatican City, Oct 19, 2015 / 04:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a wide-ranging interview, Australia's leading prelate affirmed his alliance with Pope Francis, and also stressed that, in a universal church, doctrine does not change from one country to the next. “You cannot have two people in the same situation with the same dispositions; one goes to Communion and it (is) a sacrilege and in the country next-door it is a cause of grace,” said Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Chaput: In Philly and in synod, support for Francis is obvious

Rome, Italy, Oct 19, 2015 / 09:38 am (CNA).- In an Oct. 19 interview, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that despite an implied assertion in America Magazine over the weekend, no synod father is an “opponent” of Pope Francis. “If the welcome we gave Pope Francis in Philadelphia last month looked like ‘opposition,’ people need a trip to a really good eye doctor,” the archbishop told CNA, adding that Pope Francis “has explicitly invited … [Read more...]

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