SSPX clarifies: Canonical recognition not its primary concern

Sion, Switzerland, Jun 29, 2016 / 02:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After indications of progress toward reconciliation earlier this year, the head of the Society of St. Pius X stated Wednesday that canonical recognition is not what the priestly society primarily seeks.“The Society of Saint Pius X, in the present state of grave necessity which gives it the right and duty to administer spiritual aid to the souls that turn to it, does not seek primarily a canonical recognition,” Bishop … [Read more...]

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For Thailand Catholics, God’s mercy exceeds limits of illness

Chanthaburi, Thailand, Jun 29, 2016 / 06:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of sick and physically challenged people marked the Catholic Church’s Year of Mercy in Thailand with a special procession through the Holy Door of the cathedral in the Diocese of Chanthaburi.“As human persons our lives have limitations of sin. Some of our other physical limitations are illnesses, disabilities due to accidents and old age, for we are weak,” said Bishop Silvio Siripong Charatsri of … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis mourns victims of ‘heinous’ attack on Istanbul airport

Vatican City, Jun 29, 2016 / 04:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of Tuesday’s deadly attack on an Istanbul airport, asking that God would convert the hearts of those who choose violence.“Dear brothers and sister, yesterday in Istanbul there was a heinous terror attack, which has killed and wounded many people. Let us pray for the victims, for their families and for the dear Turkish people,” the Pope said … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis mourns victims of ‘heinous’ attack on Istanbul airport

Vatican City, Jun 29, 2016 / 04:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of Tuesday’s deadly attack on an Istanbul airport, asking that God would convert the hearts of those who choose violence.“Dear brothers and sister, yesterday in Istanbul there was a heinous terror attack, which has killed and wounded many people. Let us pray for the victims, for their families and for the dear Turkish people,” the Pope said … [Read more...]

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Prayer is the ‘way out’ of a closed heart and mind, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jun 29, 2016 / 03:15 am (CNA/Europa Press).- On Wednesday Pope Francis gave 25 new archbishops the pallium, encouraging them to remain strong in prayer, which he said helps in staying open to God’s surprises, rather than closing in on oneself.“Prayer enables grace to open a way out from closure to openness, from fear to courage, from sadness to joy. And we can add: from division to unity,” Pope Francis said June 29, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.He … [Read more...]

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‘An ominous sign’ – Supreme Court refuses to hear Washington pharmacy case

Washington D.C., Jun 29, 2016 / 12:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a conscience rights case raised by pro-life pharmacy owners came with a stark warning from the three dissenting justices who voiced concerns about the future of religious liberty in the U.S.“This case is an ominous sign,” said Justice Samuel Alito. “If this is a sign of how religious liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have … [Read more...]

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He escaped Vietnam on a fishing boat, and now he’s a bishop

Sydney, Australia, Jun 28, 2016 / 03:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the 1970s, a teenager boarded a boat to escape the cruelty of war in his homeland of Vietnam. He landed as a refugee in a foreign land.Now, he has been installed as the fourth Catholic bishop of Australia’s Parramatta diocese.On June 16, Vietnamese native Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, O.F.M. Con. became the new shepherd of the Parramatta diocese.“I have taken many leaps of faith before, including the one that … [Read more...]

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