Pope honors deceased bishops, says death unites us more fully in Christ

Vatican City, Nov 4, 2016 / 06:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Reflecting on the faithful work of the bishops and cardinals who have died in the past 12 months, Pope Francis said Friday that death does not separate us, but in fact unites us more closely in the Body of Christ.“In the light of the Paschal Mystery of Christ, their death is, in fact, the entry into the fullness of life. In this light of faith, we feel even closer to our deceased brothers: death has apparently separated us, but the … [Read more...]

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Boston Catholics are at the forefront of the fight against pot

Boston, Mass., Nov 4, 2016 / 06:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in Boston is asking voters in Massachusetts to reject the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state next week.Question 4 is a ballot initiative that would allow individuals at least 21 years of age to use, grow, and possess recreational marijuana. Medical marijuana has been legal in Massachusetts since 2012.Last week, the Archdiocese of Boston donated $850,000 to oppose Question 4. According to a report from The … [Read more...]

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Have souls in Purgatory visited people on earth?

Vatican City, Dec 31, 2016 / 03:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Nestled in Rome just outside the Vatican, a small unassuming museum dedicated to the souls in Purgatory displays simple items such as prayer books and clothing.Nothing too unusual, until you realize that each allegedly show the marks of the deceased – such as inexplicably burned fingerprints – when they appeared to loved ones asking for prayers from Purgatory.The Museum of the Souls in Purgatory is located inside of the … [Read more...]

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The role of Catholics in rescuing health care

Washington D.C., Nov 4, 2016 / 12:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Serious problems loom for the future of health care in the U.S. – and Catholics must help resolve them, experts say.“We believe that the Catholic Church has the opportunity to provide the guidance necessary to enact meaningful health care policies that could uphold the sanctity of life from conception until natural death, as well as the common good, and to do it in financially-sustainable fashion,” Dr. Lester … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Gomez: Want to make America great? Be saints

Los Angeles, Calif., Nov 3, 2016 / 03:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With recent polls showing an increasingly tight presidential race, it's still unpredictable as to who will come out next week as the next president of the United States.But for Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, that’s okay. For him, knowing that “Jesus Christ is still King” is what really matters.“Politicians come and go; nations rise and fall; empires fade away – what remains and what … [Read more...]

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Prisoners to be Pope Francis’ special guests at Mass in St. Peter’s

Vatican City, Nov 3, 2016 / 07:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Nov. 6 a special Jubilee for Prisoners will be celebrated at the Vatican, drawing detainees and their families from around Italy and beyond to St. Peter’s Basilica for Mass with Pope Francis and a special reception after. “For the first time it will be possible for a large number of detainees from different parts of Italy and other countries to be present in St. Peter's Basilica to live the Jubilee with Pope … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis calls on religions to condemn acts of terrorism

Vatican City, Nov 3, 2016 / 06:03 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- Pope Francis spoke to representatives of different religions Thursday, telling them that acts of terrorism and violence must be very clearly condemned, while love and mercy – the heart of authentic religion – must be promoted.“Sadly, not a day passes that we do not hear of acts of violence, conflict, kidnapping, terrorist attacks, killings and destruction,” Pope Francis said, adding that “it is … [Read more...]

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