The Pope’s take on transgender issues? Accept the body God gave you

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2015 / 04:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' new encyclical on the environment calls for men and women to acknowledge their bodies as a gift from God which should not be manipulated. “The acceptance of our bodies as God's gift is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father and our common home,” the Pope wrote, “whereas thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis blasts abortion, population control in new encyclical

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2015 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his new encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis slams attacks against human life such as abortion, embryonic experimentation and population control – saying that respect for creation and human dignity go hand in hand. The Pope explained that “a sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings.” “At times we see an obsession with denying a … [Read more...]

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Environment encyclical takes bold stance on controversial issues

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2015 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his newly released encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis did not hesitate to wade into controversial topics, making statements on global warming, pollution, species extinction and global inequality’s impact on natural resources. “A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system,” the Pope said in his new encyclical “Laudato … [Read more...]

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A meeting to remember: seminarians chat with Benedict XVI

Vatican City, Jun 17, 2015 / 07:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Several enthusiastic seminarians met with Benedict XVI at the Vatican Gardens on Tuesday – even though it is their exam time, they did not want to miss the chance to meet the Pope emeritus.   “It lasted two minutes, but I will always remember it,” one seminarian told CNA about the meeting. He added: “the Pope emeritus was so kind, and asked me some personal information about my life.” The seminarian … [Read more...]

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In Thailand, Catholic seminary marks eight vibrant decades

Bangkok, Thailand, Jun 17, 2015 / 04:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Sacred Heart of Jesus Minor Seminary in Thailand’s Chantaburi diocese has spent 80 years forming young men to be priests. “The seminary is the heart of a diocese,” Bishop emeritus Lawrence Thienchai of Chanthaburi told CNA June 13. He was one of the thousands of Catholics who marked the seminary anniversary with a Mass that witnessed the ordination of a new priest. The bishop compared the minor seminary … [Read more...]

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Don’t blame God when someone dies – trust in the resurrection, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 17, 2015 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Instead of blaming God when a parent loses a child – or vice versa – families should remember that because of Christ's resurrection death does not have the final say, Pope Francis said. “For parents, outliving their own children is especially devastating, (as it) goes against the basic nature of the relationship which gives meaning to the family itself,” the Pope said during his Wednesday general … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Receive new encyclical with ‘open heart’

Vatican City, Jun 17, 2015 / 10:18 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- Speaking one day before its official release to the public, Pope Francis is asking for people to have an “open heart” when they read his latest encyclical dedicated to the environment. “Our 'home' is being ruined, and this hurts everyone, especially the poorest among us,” the pontiff said at the conclusion of his weekly general audience on June 17. The Pope’s second encyclical will be … [Read more...]

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