Pope Francis expected to visit Italian diocese of Milan in May

Vatican City, Oct 27, 2015 / 09:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Milan’s archbishop, Cardinal Angelo Scola, made an informal announcement Tuesday that Pope Francis will visit the archdiocese May 7, marking the first papal visit there since 2012. “With joy and emotion we announce that Pope Francis, accepting our invitation, will be among us in Milan May 7,” Cardinal Scola announced in an Oct. 27 statement, posted to the diocese of Milan’s website. The Pope’s visit, he … [Read more...]

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Pope advises Gypsies to cultivate responsibility, openness

Vatican City, Oct 27, 2015 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with Rome's Romani, or Gypsies, on Monday, asking them to take a new direction and embolden their efforts towards a life of inclusion, dignity, and responsibility. "Time has come to uproot secular prejudice, preconceived ideas and the reciprocal diffidence that are often at the base of discrimination, racism and xenophobia," Pope Francis stated Oct. 26. The Pope addressed thousands of Romani in the … [Read more...]

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‘Protect our common home’, world’s bishops ask climate change conference

Vatican City, Oct 27, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Negotiators of a global agreement on climate change must take effective action to protect creation, leading bishops from around the world said on Monday. “This agreement must put the common good ahead of national interests. It is essential too that the negotiations result in an enforceable agreement that protects our common home and all its inhabitants,” said the bishops’ Oct. 26 appeal. The bishops’ appeal … [Read more...]

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How one US archdiocese is revamping its marriage prep program

New Orleans, La., Oct 26, 2015 / 05:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Aiming to provide uniform spiritual and social support for engaged couples, the Archdiocese of New Orleans has made several changes to its marriage preparation process. “It’s such a beautiful way for parishes to serve the people who are approaching marriage,” said Father Garrett O’Brien, a priest of the New Orleans archdiocese who headed the committee that recommended the changes. He said marriage … [Read more...]

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Catholics in Mexico thankful Hurricane Patricia did not cause major damage

Mexico City, Mexico, Oct 26, 2015 / 01:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During Mass on Sunday at the cathedral of Mexico City, the celebrant thanked God that Hurricane Patricia – the strongest recorded in the western hemisphere – did not in the end cause major damage to Mexico, as was anticipated. Fr. Julián López Amozurrutia, a canon at the cathedral, thanked God Oct. 25 because “he had mercy on our country in the way Hurricane Patricia landed.” Hurricane … [Read more...]

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Pope visits elderly prelate who broke leg at Sunday’s Mass

Vatican City, Oct 26, 2015 / 11:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Sunday evening paid a private visit to an elderly cardinal who is in hospital after having fallen and broken his leg in St. Peter's Basilica that morning. Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, 93, lost his balance and fell while the Pope was greeting prelates following Mass for the closing of the Synod, according to an Oct. 25 statement by the Vatican Press office. The Holy Father visited the French prelate at 7:30 p.m. for … [Read more...]

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Amid calls for reform, a look at stats – and stories – from the US prison system

Washington D.C., Oct 25, 2015 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Saul Green wanted to turn his life around. Green was caught stealing out of a subway station vending machine and charged with larceny 24 years ago. After the judge tossed out the case, he was later sentenced to prison on a crack cocaine conviction. Following his year in prison, he found employment as a concierge for three months in Washington, D.C. But when his employer wanted to move him to a security guard position, they found … [Read more...]

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