Mario Cuomo, 1932-2015: His Controversial Legacy

New York City, N.Y., Jan 6, 2015 / 05:15 pm (National Catholic Register).- Mario Cuomo, the three-time governor of New York who sought to justify Catholic lawmakers’ tolerance of abortion rights, died on Jan. 1; he was 82. A self-identified Catholic who quoted Thomas Aquinas, challenged Ronald Reagan’s optimistic vision of economic opportunity in America and cited Church moral doctrine as he vetoed legislation enacting the death penalty, Cuomo’s policy positions and rhetoric … [Read more...]

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Cardinal wowed by vocation surge at Rome’s American seminary

Rome, Italy, Jan 6, 2015 / 03:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin voiced enthusiasm at seeing the high number of American seminarians studying in Rome – calling it a sign that vocations are on the rise. “What strikes me is the number of seminarians who are studying here in this college, which means that at least in some areas vocations are growing,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin told American journalists Jan. 6. Cardinal Parolin … [Read more...]

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Cardinal George dropped from cancer drug trial, asks for prayers

Chicago, Ill., Jan 6, 2015 / 11:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Francis George has asked for continued prayers after being dropped from a cancer drug’s clinical trial, which was determined to be ineffective for him. “He is at peace, but he counts on everyone’s prayers that he might be of service to the Lord and His Church in the time left to him,” the Archdiocese of Chicago said Dec. 31. “Cardinal George would like to thank all those who have been praying for … [Read more...]

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New US Congress reflects the Catholic swing vote

Washington D.C., Jan 6, 2015 / 09:34 am (CNA).- The overwhelming majority of federal lawmakers in the U.S. are Christian, according to a new report, which also found that Catholics in the legislative branch are split between parties, reflecting a split in the U.S. population. More than 90 percent of the 114th Congress identifies as Christian – about 20 percent higher than the average among adult Americans – said the Pew Research Religion and Public Life … [Read more...]

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Top Vatican Official: Washington, NYC likely stops on papal trip

Vatican City, Jan 6, 2015 / 05:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although it’s still not official, the Vatican’s Secretary of State confirmed today that Pope Francis will most likely visit Washington D.C. and New York during his visit to the United States.   “I think the Pope will go to United Nations, everybody is speaking about that… but no official announcement has been delivered,” Cardinal Parolin told CNA Jan. 6. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s … [Read more...]

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True models of conversion: wise men believed in love, not worldly power

Vatican City, Jan 6, 2015 / 05:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the solemnity of the Epiphany, Pope Francis said that the journey of the three wise men reflects a path of conversion taken by each person, in which God breaks the norm of our human expectations. “The crib points us to a different path from the one cherished by the thinking of this world: it is the path of God’s self-abasement, his glory concealed in the manger of Bethlehem, on the cross upon Calvary, in each of our … [Read more...]

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‘It’s like Jesus is coming to the Philippines’: Frenzy builds over Francis

Rome, Italy, Jan 6, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest on the papal flight for Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the Philippines said the country is anxiously awaiting the pontiff and is anticipating his paternal closeness with those who suffer. “For us Filipinos, (the Pope) is really the representative of Jesus on earth, so it's like Jesus (is) coming to the Philippines,” Father Gregory Gaston told CNA Dec. 9. Local faithful truly view the Pope “as a … [Read more...]

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