Cardinal reaffirms child protection pledge as documents release

Chicago, Ill., Jan 22, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Responding to the release of documents about Chicago priests accused of abusing minors over the past 50 years, Cardinal Francis George has apologized to victims and reaffirmed that no accused priests are presently serving in ministry. “We realize the information included in these documents is upsetting. It is painful to read. It is not the Church we know or the Church we want to be,” Chicago archbishop Cardinal George said … [Read more...]

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March for Life is important witness of unity, advocate says

Washington D.C., Jan 21, 2014 / 05:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The annual March for Life plays a foundational role in the Church's work to promote human dignity at all stages of development, said a member of the U.S. bishops' pro-life office. Deirdre McQuade, assistant director of policy and communication for the U.S. Bishops' Pro-Life Secretariat, told CNA that while numerous contemporary issues deal with human life and dignity, abortion is a “fundamental chop at the root of … [Read more...]

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Pope receives, blesses lambs ahead of pallium ceremony

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2014 / 04:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis marked the Feast of St. Agnes Jan. 21 by receiving and blessing the lambs whose wool is used to weave pallia for new archbishops. The lambs had been raised by the nuns of the Roman convent of San Lorenzo in Panisperna, and the Canons Regular of the Basilica of St. John Lateran presented the lambs to the Pope at his residence Casa Santa Martha. The pallium is a liturgical vestment the Pope and metropolitan archbishops wear … [Read more...]

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Vatican to appeal for reconciliation at Syrian peace conference

Geneva, Switzerland, Jan 21, 2014 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' continual focus on the Syrian civil war will contribute to the Holy See playing a key role at the “Geneva II” international peace conference, due to start tomorrow, Jan. 22. The Geneva II meeting aims at a political settlement to the Syrian conflict, providing for a transitional government in the country which has been mired in conflict since March, 2011. The conference will include representatives of … [Read more...]

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God always chooses the ‘little ones,’ Pope Francis reflects

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2014 / 01:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis noted how God seeks to have a personal relationship with each of us, emphasizing that he favors those who are humble and small because he is able to dialogue with them. “There is a relationship between God and us little ones: God, when he must choose people, even his own people, he always chooses the little ones,” the Pope said during his Jan. 21 homily. Addressing those who were present in … [Read more...]

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Vatican seeks to cut cost of canonizations

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2014 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an effort to relieve inequalities among the causes of potential saints, steps are being taken to reduce the costs associated with the canonization process, according to a Vatican official. According to the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, has said the cost-reduction is in response to a Holy See request to standardize and provide more public … [Read more...]

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President Obama’s March visit confirmed by Vatican

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2014 / 09:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has confirmed that in March of this year President Barack Obama during a European trip will stop in Rome where he is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis. As the final part of President Obama's visit to Europe – during which he will travel to the Netherlands, Belgium, and Italy – the Pope and the president will meet on March 27, Fr. Lombardi told CNA Jan. 21. In a statement … [Read more...]

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