Court commended for staying execution of mentally ill man

Austin, Texas, Dec 3, 2014 / 03:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic bishops in Texas thanked a federal appeals court for issuing a stay of execution for mentally ill inmate Scott Louis Panetti mere hours before the state was due to carry out his capital punishment. “The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops today expressed appreciation to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for granting a stay of execution for death row inmate Scott Panetti,” a Dec. 3 statement from the Texas … [Read more...]

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How Christian division hampers peace, reconciliation in Holy Land

Jerusalem, Israel, Dec 3, 2014 / 12:47 pm (CNA).- The lack of unity among Christians is one of the factors that keeps them from playing a mediatory role in the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis, according to the head of the Franciscans in the Middle East. “Here in the Holy Land, we Christians are irrelevant. There are too few of us. In addition, we are confessionally divided,” Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, O.F.M., Custos of the Holy Land, told Aid to the Church in … [Read more...]

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Investigation of former Dominican Republic nuncio moves forward

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2014 / 10:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s press officer provided an update on the trial of laicized former nuncio Jozef Wesolowski, saying that the case is moving forward, and the first stages of investigation and questioning have begun. “Regarding the situation of Mons. Wesolowski, I can say that the Judiciary of the State of Vatican City, continuing investigations, made a first interrogation of the accused, of which others will follow,” Fr. … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis prays for more fruitful dialogue after trip to Turkey

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2014 / 05:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis recalled the activities of his recent trip to Turkey, and prayed that the visit would lead to a more fruitful ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. “Dear brothers and sisters, with joy I wish to recall the trip that I made to Turkey, and I pray that it will contribute to an ever more fruitful dialogue and relationship with our Orthodox and Muslim brothers and sisters,” the Pope … [Read more...]

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Catastrophe ahead? UN halts Syrian refugee food program

Washington D.C., Dec 3, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With winter approaching, Congress must act to help Syrian refugees whose basic needs are threatened by the U.N. suspension of an urgent food assistance program, said a leading Catholic humanitarian agency. “The Syrian refugees’ situation is already dire, and resources are needed for education, livelihoods, health, and other needs; more funding is needed to avoid a full-scale humanitarian catastrophe,” Bill … [Read more...]

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Catholics in Australia to observe day of solidarity with Middle East brethren

Canberra, Australia, Dec 3, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Australian bishops have declared that Dec. 7 will be a day of solidarity throughout the country with Christians in the Middle East, a large number of whom have been threatened or displaced by the Islamic State. The designation followed a request seeking the support of Catholics in Australia which came from the expatriate Middle Eastern Apostolic Churches in Australia and New Zealand. “The request comes as we approach … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Scola: Pope Francis will stand with tradition on marriage

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an interview with an Italian paper published on Tuesday, Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan stated that Pope Francis will not push the Church away from the understanding of marriage's indissolubility. “During the synod, I thoroughly discussed with Cardinals Marx, Daneels, and Schoenborn in my ‘minor circle’ about the possible access to communion for the divorced and remarried, but I cannot see how to combine on one … [Read more...]

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