A prayer from the Pope – may Christians not be forced out of the Middle East

Vatican City, Oct 28, 2015 / 12:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The sufferings of the Chaldean Catholic Church were the focus of Pope Francis on Monday when he addressed a synod of Chaldean bishops. He prayed for Middle East Christians and again called for international work to secure peace. The Pope told the Chaldean bishops: “may God’s mercy soothe the wounds of war afflicting the heart of your communities, so that no one may feel discouragement in this time when the outcry of violence … [Read more...]

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Ahead of Florida execution, bishops renew calls against death penalty

Tallahassee, Fla., Oct 27, 2015 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Stressing that capital punishment is not necessary in the modern-day U.S., Florida’s Catholic bishops have asked the state governor to commute the death sentence of inmate Jerry Correll, who is scheduled to be executed Thursday. “Everyone, even people who have caused great harm, possess a human dignity that is sacred. State-sanctioned killing is unwarranted, promotes vengeance rather than justice, and reinforces a … [Read more...]

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Sodalitium Christianae Vitae has an apostolic visitor to investigate its founder

Lima, Peru, Oct 27, 2015 / 03:44 pm (CNA).- The superior general of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae has made public that the community has had an apostolic visitor since April, who is charged with investigating accusations that its founder committed sexual abuse. The apostolic visitor, who was appointed April 22, is Bishop Fortunato Pablo Urcey, Prelate of Chota. He was charged by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life with investigating … [Read more...]

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Existing norms remain for Roman Curia, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 27, 2015 / 02:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has clarified that while the Roman Curia is in the process of being reconstructed, it doesn’t mean there is an absence of law or regulations – the existing rules are still in place, for now. In a letter (dated Oct. 14 and released Oct. 27) addressed to the Vatican’s Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis noted that since the institution of the Council of Cardinals in 2013, “certain … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis grieves loss of life in Afghanistan-Pakistan quake

Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct 27, 2015 / 12:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After a massive earthquake rocked Pakistan and Afghanistan yesterday killing hundreds, Pope Francis on Tuesday voiced his sorrow and solidarity for victims and their families, assuring them of his prayers. “His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a result of the earthquake in the region,” an Oct. 27 telegram addressed to Archbishop Ghaleb Bader, … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis expected to visit Italian diocese of Milan in May

Vatican City, Oct 27, 2015 / 09:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Milan’s archbishop, Cardinal Angelo Scola, made an informal announcement Tuesday that Pope Francis will visit the archdiocese May 7, marking the first papal visit there since 2012. “With joy and emotion we announce that Pope Francis, accepting our invitation, will be among us in Milan May 7,” Cardinal Scola announced in an Oct. 27 statement, posted to the diocese of Milan’s website. The Pope’s visit, he … [Read more...]

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Pope advises Gypsies to cultivate responsibility, openness

Vatican City, Oct 27, 2015 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with Rome's Romani, or Gypsies, on Monday, asking them to take a new direction and embolden their efforts towards a life of inclusion, dignity, and responsibility. "Time has come to uproot secular prejudice, preconceived ideas and the reciprocal diffidence that are often at the base of discrimination, racism and xenophobia," Pope Francis stated Oct. 26. The Pope addressed thousands of Romani in the … [Read more...]

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