New movement hopes to share the reality of marriage

San Francisco, Calif., Oct 7, 2015 / 08:10 pm (CNA).- A new group called the Marriage Reality Movement aims to help Catholics and others renew the vision of marriage in society. “It is about formation for the evangelization of culture starting around the family dinner table,” Bill May, president of the California-based group Catholics for the Common Good Institute, told CNA Oct. 6. “We start by helping people reintroduce marriage to the culture in non-religious language that … [Read more...]

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Religious leaders, scholars ask Obama to declare ISIS violence a genocide

Washington D.C., Oct 7, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 100 religious leaders, scholars, and human rights advocates signed a letter Monday asking President Obama to formally declare the killing and displacement of Middle Eastern religious minorities a “genocide.” “We humbly request that your office publicly acknowledge and denounce the Islamic State’s actions as genocide and act with all due haste to ensure that this ongoing, abominable crime is halted, … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Chaput: We need more accurate translations of synod docs

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2015 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Synod of Bishops’ English-language translations are not always accurate and some synod fathers are worried about whether they will understand the synod’s final document before they vote on it, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said Wednesday. “Among English speakers, we don’t have typically the skills in as many languages as the French and the Spanish,” the archbishop said at an Oct. 7 press … [Read more...]

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What saves us from loneliness? Family! Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2015 / 04:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Family rescues us from indifference and loneliness and teaches us the essentials of life, Pope Francis said – adding that as the family of God, the Church has the same role and must evaluate how to live this out.  “Like Saint Peter, the Church is called to be a fisher of men, and so too needs a new type of net. Families are this net,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Oct. 7 general … [Read more...]

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What was JPII’s secret to inspiring the youth? His mere presence, secretary says

Washington D.C., Oct 7, 2015 / 03:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of next year’s World Youth Day in Krakow, the long-time secretary for Pope John Paul II explained how the saint inspired a generation even though many never saw him in person. “The thing that was attractive, that attracted young people to John Paul II, was not even what he was saying to them, but who he really was,” Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, told CNA through a translator. For the youth, “it … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis backs the new synod process in an unanticipated speech

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2015 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an unexpected speech at the synod on Tuesday, Pope Francis has stated that this gathering is in continuity with 2014 synod, which he said never called into question the Church's teaching on marriage. He also emphasized that the official documents of the 2014 synod are his two speeches, and its final report. The full text of the Holy Father's intervention has not made public, but Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Erdö’s emphatic defense of Church teaching marked synod’s first day

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2015 / 02:48 pm (National Catholic Register).- Monday, the first full day of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, was dominated by the introductory address of the synod’s general relator, Cardinal Peter Erdö of Esztergom-Budapest. The entire text of Cardinal Erdö's Oct. 5 speech was released only in Italian, but has been translated into English by the staff of Catholic News Agency. In his speech, Cardinal Erdö reasserted much of the … [Read more...]

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