Vatican clarifies background on Pope’s meeting with Kim Davis

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2015 / 04:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After meeting with Pope Francis earlier this morning, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed that the Pope met with Kim Davis and her husband as part of a large group invited by the nunciature. In an Oct. 2 statement, Fr. Lombardi said that Pope Francis met with Davis alongside several dozen others who had been invited by the nunciature to greet him as he prepared to leave Washington for New York City. Such brief greetings … [Read more...]

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A Mexican exorcist advances on path to sainthood – courtesy of the Pope

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2015 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Among the eight causes for sainthood advanced by Pope Francis is a Mexican exorcist who lived during the time of the Cristero War, and was mentored by a bishop that has since been canonized. The Pope gave the green light to move the causes on to the next step in a private Sept. 30 audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, head of the Vatican's congregation for saint's causes. Fr. Juan Manuel Martín del Campo was one of five … [Read more...]

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Dating apps could be leading to a rise in STDs – and Tinder isn’t happy about it

Denver, Colo., Oct 1, 2015 / 04:46 pm (CNA).- A new billboard linking dating apps with an increase in sexually transmitted disease rates spurred one app – Tinder – to issue a cease and desist order against the group behind it. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which posted the billboard in Los Angeles, said they hoped to raise awareness about increasing STD rates, which have been linked to an increase in dating app use. The billboard featured four silhouettes of men and women with … [Read more...]

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In wake of Pope Francis, bishops urge Congress to move on religious freedom

Washington D.C., Oct 1, 2015 / 04:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Citing Pope Francis, the U.S. bishops are urging lawmakers act quickly to pass a bill that would reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, whose mandate expired yesterday. “At a time when international religious freedom is increasingly imperiled, it is vital that USCIRF be reauthorized so that it can continue to highlight the need to protect those who are discriminated against, harassed and even killed … [Read more...]

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This event hopes to bring the voice of chaste, gay Catholics to the Synod

Rome, Italy, Oct 1, 2015 / 06:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An upcoming international conference in Rome is hoping to give a face to those with same-sex attraction living in accord with the Church's teaching on homosexuality – and to help make their voice heard at the Synod on the Family. Centering on the pastoral needs of men and women who experience homosexual tendencies, the conference is partly in response to the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family, where persons with same-sex … [Read more...]

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To welcome a migrant is to welcome God himself, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 1, 2015 / 04:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis recognized the challenges involved with welcoming migrants, but stressed that despite the difficulties they should always be accepted as brothers and sisters. “At the heart of the Gospel of mercy, the encounter and acceptance by others are intertwined with the encounter and acceptance of God himself,” the Pope said in his message for the 2016 World Day of … [Read more...]

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Man up! Phoenix bishop encourages, challenges Catholic men in new letter

Phoenix, Ariz., Oct 1, 2015 / 03:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Calling on all Christian men to take a stand in the Church’s spiritual battle, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix asked men in his diocese to courageously pursue their vocations as friends, fathers, and spouses. “Men, do not hesitate to engage in the battle that is raging around you,” the Phoenix bishop said in a Sept. 29 exhortation, saying that “this battle is occurring in the Church herself, and the devastation … [Read more...]

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