Bernie Sanders, ‘a big fan’ of Pope Francis, to attend Vatican conference

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2016 / 12:25 pm (CNA).- Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has announced that he will attend a Vatican conference on social justice and the economy just before the New York primary election on April 19.“I was very moved by the invitation from the Vatican which was just made public today,” Sanders said April 8 during an interview on MSNBC's “Morning Joe.”The invitation was extended on behalf of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.The … [Read more...]

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Interpreting Amoris Laetitia ‘through the lens of Catholic tradition’

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2016 / 11:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While some passages in Pope Francis’ new document may be unclear and open to multiple interpretations, the correct view is that which aligns with the tradition and teaching of the Church, said a synod consultor and leading expert on Catholic family studies.The pope’s exhortation Amoris Laetitia must be read in “doctrinal continuity,” said Fr. José Granados, vice president of the John Paul II Pontifical … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Children are always gifts, even in tough circumstances

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2016 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ latest writings on the family include a strong affirmation of the need to welcome children even in difficult circumstances.He praises large families and adopted families, rejects abortion as “horrendous,” reflects on the errors of “gender ideology,” and advises pastoral care for people with same-sex attraction.“Each child has a place in God’s heart from all eternity; once he or she … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Children are always gifts, even in tough circumstances

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2016 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ latest writings on the family include a strong affirmation of the need to welcome children even in difficult circumstances.He praises large families and adopted families, rejects abortion as “horrendous,” reflects on the errors of “gender ideology,” and advises pastoral care for people with same-sex attraction.“Each child has a place in God’s heart from all eternity; once he or she … [Read more...]

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No doctrine change from Pope Francis – but a call for better pastoral care

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2016 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics who have divorced-and-remarried need the fullness of Church teaching. They also need a wise pastoral and community response to their difficulties that can help them grow in the Christian life, Pope Francis said on Friday in his new document on love in the family.“The Church’s pastors, in proposing to the faithful the full ideal of the Gospel and the Church’s teaching, must also help them to treat the weak with … [Read more...]

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These Iraqi children have lost everything – except their faith

Erbil, Iraq, Apr 7, 2016 / 03:30 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- Six hundred Christian children whose families fled ISIS violence in 2014 have lost their homes, schools, sometimes friends, sanitary living conditions and the stability of a normal life.However, despite their many losses, there's one thing they never left behind and which continues to grow stronger everyday: their faith.When it comes to the question of how to persevere in the faith – and pass it on with terrorists … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Martyrs are still the ‘life blood of the Church’

Vatican City, Apr 7, 2016 / 01:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Thursday praised the consistency and courage of the modern day martyrs who continue to “carry the Church forward” even as they face death for their witness to the Risen Christ.“These are the lifeblood of the Church; these are the ones that carry the Church forward, the witnesses, who attest that Jesus is Risen, that Jesus is alive, and they bear witness through the consistency of their life, with the Holy … [Read more...]

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