Cuban bishops welcome pardon of 3,500 prisoners before Pope Francis’ visit

Havana, Cuba, Sep 15, 2015 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Cuban bishops' conference stated on Friday they “received with profound satisfaction” the decision of the nation's government to pardon 3,522 prisoners “as a humanitarian gesture on the occasion of the visit of Pope Francis to our country.” Cuba's state-run daily newspaper Granma reported Sept. 11 that the government, “on the occasion of the visit of His Holiness, Pope Francis, and as also … [Read more...]

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Four American prelates added to synod list by Pope Francis

Vatican City, Sep 15, 2015 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The official list of participants in this year’s synod of bishops on the family has been released, showing 45 new names personally appointed by Pope Francis – four of whom are Americans. Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago, and Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio have officially been added to the list of voting participants in the October … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis names new bishop for Kansas City-St. Joseph

Vatican City, Sep 15, 2015 / 08:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced today that Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr. of Springfield-Cape Girardeau has been selected as the new head of the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese. Announced in a Sept. 15 communique from the Vatican, Bishop Johnston’s nomination falls just five months after the diocese’s former bishop, Robert W. Finn, stepped down after becoming first U.S. bishop convicted of a misdemeanor in failing to report suspected … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis will likely meet Fidel Castro during Cuba visit

Vatican City, Sep 15, 2015 / 06:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While Pope Francis is in Cuba next week chances are high that he will meet with former president Fidel Castro, though no specific time has been set, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has announced. Anticipating questions on whether a meeting between the Pope and the former Cuban president would happen, Fr. Lombardi said that “in all likelihood it's very predictable that it will happen, clearly during the day in … [Read more...]

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European bishops visit Holy Land to show solidarity and seek hope

Jerusalem, Israel, Sep 15, 2015 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- European bishops are gathering in the Holy Land Sept. 11-16 to show closeness to Christians in the Middle East and to trace a path of hope for them, in an unprecented assembly.   “We are here to rediscover the source of our identity as people of God and of our mission as successors of the Apostles,” Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest said Sept. 11. Cardinal Erdo is president of the Council of the European … [Read more...]

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Knock knock. Who’s there? Pope Francis, apparently.

New York City, N.Y., Sep 15, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope, a priest, and Bill Murray walk into a bar… Just kidding. Sort of. But if you can come up with a funny ending to that joke, you should “donate” it to the just-launched Joke with the Pope campaign, sponsored by the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States. The campaign is an effort to raise awareness and funds for three pontifical missions throughout the world, just ahead of Pope … [Read more...]

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Here’s your best chance to see Pope Francis in DC

Washington D.C., Sep 15, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- All official events for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Washington, D.C. are ticketed, but there is a new opportunity for the public to see the Pope without needing a ticket. After his visit to the White House on the morning of Sept. 23, Pope Francis will step into the Popemobile for a parade around The Ellipse on the south side of the White House, and onto the National Mall. Viewers can line the sides of the route to see Pope … [Read more...]

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