Why can’t Catholic couples write their own vows? This bishop explains.

Dagupan, Philippines, Jan 9, 2016 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The president of the Filipino bishops' conference has explained that couples are unable to write their own wedding vows because in the sacrament of marriage, it is Christ himself who is acting through the husband and wife.Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan wrote recently that personal expressions “should not be mixed in with the Church’s liturgy because this diminishes, confuses, and spoils the action … [Read more...]

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What’s the plan for reforming Vatican communications?

Vatican City, Jan 9, 2016 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid the lengthy process of reforming Vatican communications, the Secretariat of State has stated that the Holy See press office's administrative and human resources branches are to be handed over to the new Secretariat for Communications.The announcement came in a Dec. 21, 2015 letter signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.The letter also noted that the press office's Bollettino, used to deliver official … [Read more...]

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Collection from Mexico papal Masses to fund migrant centers

Rome, Italy, Jan 8, 2016 / 03:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Funds raised during the collection in Pope Francis' public Masses in Mexico have a special destination: they will be used to build two new welcoming centers for the country’s large influx of immigrants.“On the occasion of the Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy we have decided to open two new welcoming centers for immigrants: one at the border with Mazapa (de Madero) and another in Salto de Agua,” Bishop Felipe Arizmendi … [Read more...]

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St Louis archbishop offers prayers, donations for Missouri flood victims

St. Louis, Mo., Jan 8, 2016 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A massive cleanup is left for those whose homes were in the path of one of the worst floods in the St. Louis area in over two decades.“I have been fervently praying for those suffering due to the recent flooding in our city and state. As our region watched the flood waters rise to record heights, so too did we see the damage, loss, and suffering increase,” Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis said in a Jan. 7 … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: when you say ‘love,’ do you really know what it means?

Vatican City, Jan 8, 2016 / 05:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Love was the center of Pope Francis’ second daily homily after taking a break for Christmas - he said the word has become so casual that we no longer know exactly what we mean when we say it.“This word ‘love’ is a word that is used so many times and when we use it we don’t know exactly what it means. What is love?” the Pope said during his Jan. 8 daily Mass in the Vatican’s Saint Martha … [Read more...]

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Why one bishop is putting tabernacles back in the center of churches

Madison, Wis., Jan 8, 2016 / 03:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When Bishop Robert Morlino arrived as the new bishop for the Diocese of Madison, Wis. in 2003, he began quietly encouraging priests to promote more reverence towards the Blessed Sacrament – through more adoration, more reverent Masses, and moving tabernacles back to the center of churches.Now, he's made it official. Bishop Morlino has asked his priests to make sure every tabernacle is moved to the center of each church behind … [Read more...]

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As Juarez recovers from peak violence, victim sees hope in Pope Francis

Juarez, Mexico, Jan 8, 2016 / 02:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With Pope Francis set to visit the Mexican city of Juarez Feb. 17, some crime victims are telling their stories of loss – and talking about the healing power of faith.“That the Pope would give his attention to a city so struck by violence is hopeful,” said Juarez resident Erika Graciela Acosta Campos.Erika spoke in a video released by the Diocese of Juarez. She said the Pope’s upcoming visit makes her feel that … [Read more...]

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