Pope Francis: What will be left of a world torn apart by war?

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2015 / 09:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily Thursday, Pope Francis said that just as Jesus wept for Jerusalem in the day’s Gospel reading, he continues to weep today, because the world has rejected the path of peace in exchange for war. “Today Jesus weeps as well: because we have chosen the way of war, the way of hatred, the way of enmities,” the Pope said Nov. 19. He noted how the Christmas season is approaching, yet while lights, parties, … [Read more...]

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Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica uncovered as Jubilee nears

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2015 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hidden since the Jubilee of 2000, the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica was revealed Tuesday as the brick wall covering it was removed in anticipation of the Holy Year of Mercy launching next month. Cardinal Angelo Comastri, the Archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica, led a special “recognitio” ceremony, culminating in the removal of the brick wall. According to a Nov. 17 communique from the Vatican, after the … [Read more...]

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Stretched to its limits, US military archdiocese appeals for more priests

Baltimore, Md., Nov 19, 2015 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Timothy Broglio is begging for more priests for the Archdiocese of Military Services, saying that he soon may be “unable to provide Catholic priests for the military.” During his address at the U.S. bishops’ general assembly in Baltimore, Archbishop Broglio of the Archdiocese of Military Services, which serves United States military personnel and their families all over the world, said that even though many … [Read more...]

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Confronting the porn epidemic: a major goal for the US bishops

Baltimore, Md., Nov 19, 2015 / 12:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a historic statement outlining the challenges pornography poses to the family and individuals as well as the tools available within the Church and society to combat its negative effects, the U.S. bishops say they have created a resource for healing and mercy. “Our statement is not meant to just be a condemnation of pornography,” explained Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, N.Y., “but an outreach and a welcome in … [Read more...]

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Resist the urge to scapegoat Syrian refugees after Paris attacks, bishops advise

Washington D.C., Nov 18, 2015 / 04:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Several bishops are saying we must resist the temptation to scapegoat all Middle Eastern refugees, since they themselves are fleeing violence similar to what happened in Paris last Friday. “We cannot and should not blame (refugees) for the actions of a terrorist organization,” Bishop Eusebio Elizondo Almaguer, auxiliary bishop of Seattle, said Nov. 17 during the United States bishops' general assembly. “These … [Read more...]

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Vatican clarifies Mother Teresa canonization report

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2015 / 11:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite rumors that a date has been set for Mother Teresa’s canonization, the Holy See Press Office told CNA Wednesday that the cause for sainthood has not concluded, and no date has been officially set. Fr Ciro Benedettini, vice director at the Holy See Press Office, confirmed to CNA that there is “a project, a study being carried out” on the potential future canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa. However, he said, … [Read more...]

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Pope to Church: Don’t act like you’re on lockdown

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2015 / 09:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Wednesday centered his weekly catechesis on the upcoming Year of Mercy, urging the Church not only to keep its doors open, but to go out to those who may not have the strength to enter. “An inhospitable Church, like a family which is locked in on itself, demeans the Gospel and withers up the world,” the Pope said Nov. 18 to attendees at his general audience in the Vatican. “No armored doors in the Church! … [Read more...]

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