Catalan bishops: Church can’t make specific proposals on independence from Spain

Barcelona, Spain, Sep 29, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catalan regional bishops conference last Tuesday issued a statement ahead of Sunday's regional election – widely seen as an informal referendum on independence – saying the Church will not propose specifics, but can agree with positions that have “moral legitimacy.” Catalonia is an autonomous community in northeastern Spain centered on Barcelona, which in recent years has seen agitation for … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis met Argentine family who travelled 11,000 miles to Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 29, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See press officer explained on Sunday that that morning Pope Francis had met with the Walkers, a family from Argentina who travelled in a VW camper van to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. Father Federico Lombardi explained that the Walkers left from Buenos Aires, and covered 11,000 miles and passed through 13 countries during their 194-day trip. The encounter took place after the Pope met with sexual abuse … [Read more...]

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As synod approaches, Nigerian bishops speak up for the family

Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Sep 28, 2015 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nigeria’s bishops closed their latest assembly with a view toward the upcoming Synod on the Family, re-affirming the family while warning about LGBT activism. The bishops said “we reaffirm the validity of the family as a divinely instituted community of persons made up of a man and a woman who are open to life in love, together with their children and relatives.” They commended the Pope for his recent … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis explains what World Youth Day has to do with Divine Mercy

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2015 / 03:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With World Youth Day coming up next year, Pope Francis has a question for young people: “Do you realize how precious you are to God, who has given you everything out of love?” “You, dear young man, dear young woman, have you ever felt the gaze of everlasting love upon you, a gaze that looks beyond your sins, limitations and failings, and continues to have faith in you and to look upon your life with hope?” the … [Read more...]

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Saint Junipero Serra’s canonization an ‘exciting time to be a Catholic’

Washington D.C., Sep 28, 2015 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Last week's Mass for the Canonization of Saint Junipero Serra, said by Pope Francis, proved to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those who participated in it, and a reflection of the excitement for the Pope's mission. "I think the Pope has a beautiful mission, which is to bring to all of us the love of Christ, who we grow closer to every day," Maria, from Maryland, told CNA. Maria and her husband came to the … [Read more...]

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Full transcript of Pope Francis’ inflight interview from Philadelphia to Rome

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2015 / 08:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a 47 minute Q&A with journalists on his way back to Rome Pope Francis touched on sensitive topics such as forgiving abusers and conscientious objection, as well as the upcoming synod of bishops and women’s ordination. The Pope answered 11 questions posed in English, Spanish and Italian Sept. 27 while on board his American Airlines overnight flight from Philadelphia to Rome. Among the themes addressed were the new, … [Read more...]

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I can forgive an abuser, but understand those who can’t, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2015 / 05:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his wide-ranging press briefing en route from the United States to Rome, Pope Francis spoke on the difficult subject of forgiving priests who have molested minors, saying that the strength to forgive, and to be forgiven, can only come from God. Francis also told journalists that while he is willing to forgive clergy who have abused children and young people, he understands why there are some who find this difficult. “We must … [Read more...]

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