Pope Francis lauds Middle East effort to save local art and culture

Vatican City, Dec 5, 2016 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis endorsed a recent conference dedicated to the conservation and restoration of art and heritage within the Middle East, as a means to defend the rights of the human person. The Pope gave his support for the Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage Conference, which occurred at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, on Dec. 2-3. Supported by UNESCO, France and the UAE set up the conference in hopes of protecting the heritage of the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Don’t whitewash your sins – let God heal you

Vatican City, Dec 5, 2016 / 10:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Christmas approaches, don't downplay your sins, Pope Francis said. Instead, name them honestly in the Sacrament of Confession, open your heart, and ask the Lord to heal you from within.If we merely say: “yes, yes, I have some sins; I go, I confess…and then I go on as before,” we don't allow ourselves to be recreated by the Lord, the Pope said Dec. 5.It's as if we've applied “two coats of … [Read more...]

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Two parish priests chosen as next auxiliary bishops of Baltimore

Vatican City, Dec 5, 2016 / 07:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Upon accepting the resignation of Bishop Denis Madden, Pope Francis has appointed two priests to be the next auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Vatican announced Monday.“With gratitude to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, I warmly welcome the appointment of Monsignors Mark Brennan and Adam Parker as auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Baltimore,” Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore expressed in a … [Read more...]

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How to celebrate Christmas with Benedictine nuns

Kansas City, Mo., Dec 4, 2016 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Christmas season approaches, the hit-making community of Benedictine nuns based in Missouri have released an album full of carols with which to greet the newborn Christ.“Our greatest hope is that these songs will truly 'lift up our hearts' to the Infant King, so that we will always be mindful of His humility and mercy,” Mother Cecilia, prioress of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, told CNA.The … [Read more...]

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Prepare for Christmas by conversion, Pope tells Advent Angelus crowd

Vatican City, Dec 4, 2016 / 07:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The proclamation of John the Baptist to “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand” is a joyful one that calls us to conversion, Pope Francis said today in his Angelus address on the second Sunday of Advent.Referring to the Gospel reading for the day from Matthew 3:1-12, the Pope noted that the proclamation of John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus, is also repeated several times by Jesus himself throughout the Gospel … [Read more...]

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Vatican weighs in on power, limits of artificial intelligence

Vatican City, Dec 4, 2016 / 03:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This week the Vatican hosted a high-level discussion in the world of science, gathering experts to discuss the progress, benefits and limits of advances in artificial intelligence.A new conference at the Vatican drew experts in various fields of science and technology for a two-day dialogue on the “Power and Limits of Artificial Intelligence,” hosted by the Pontifical Academy for Sciences.Among the scheduled speakers were … [Read more...]

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That time JPII changed Fidel Castro’s mind about Christmas

Havana, Cuba, Dec 3, 2016 / 03:40 pm (Church Pop).- After Fidel Castro gained power in Cuba in 1959, he spent the next decade slowly imposing socialism on the country, including state atheism.In 1960, several Cuban Catholic bishops signed a letter re-affirming the Church’s long-standing rejection of communism and called for Catholics to reject it. In response, his government confiscated Catholic property and arrested Catholics. Then, in 1969, he banned the celebration of Christmas.This … [Read more...]

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