In service, conversion of heart is the first step, says Pope Francis

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2016 / 11:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In this transitory and often difficult life, it is necessary to have Christ as the center of everything you do, working to increase your own faith in Jesus and the faith of those you serve, Pope Francis said Monday.“Contemplating the life of Jesus and looking at our life as pilgrims in this world with so many challenges, we feel the need of a profound conversion and the urgency of reviving faith in Him,” he said.In a private … [Read more...]

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One fewer Christian-owned bakery after religious freedom fight

Portland, Ore., Oct 10, 2016 / 06:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Christian couple has closed their Oregon bakery, which faced heavy fines after they declined to make a cake for a same-sex “wedding” ceremony.“We have closed Sweet Cakes,” the bakery said on its Facebook page Sept. 29. “We appreciate everyone’s continued prayer and support!”The announcement did not give further explanation for the closure. Its storefront in Gresham, Oregon was closed in 2013 … [Read more...]

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Aquinas College in Nashville marks a year of firsts with on-campus dorm

Nashville, Tenn., Oct 9, 2016 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Five decades into their establishment as a college, Aquinas College in Nashville is breaking ground on campus for the first time in over forty years, making a landmark addition to their school: a new residence hall.“We are now able to house all full time students on campus, which allows us to draw from outside the Nashville metropolitan area,” the school’s president, Sister Mary Sarah, told CNA in an email … [Read more...]

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Albanian priest who moved the Pope to be named Cardinal

Rome, Italy, Oct 9, 2016 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Albanian priest whose testimony moved Pope Francis to tears in 2014 is one of the 17 international bishops and priests the Pope will elevate to the College of Cardinals Nov. 19.Father Ernest Troshani Simoni, 86, is one of the last survivors of the terrible Communist persecution in Albania. He shared his testimony with Pope Francis in 2014 during the Pope’s daytrip to Tirana, Albania. Pope Francis was visibly moved by the testimony … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis announces new consistory to coincide with close of Jubilee

Vatican City, Oct 9, 2016 / 04:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis announced that he will hold a consistory of cardinals on the Nov. 19 vigil of the close of the Jubilee of Mercy, during which he will elevate 13 bishops to the cardinalate – including three Americans.“Dear brothers and sisters I am happy to announce that Saturday, Nov. 19 at the vigil for the closing of the Holy Door of mercy, a consistory will take place for the nomination of 13 cardinals from 5 … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: the most godlike people might not be who you expect

Vatican City, Oct 9, 2016 / 03:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the close of the Marian Jubilee, Pope Francis said that it’s often strangers and even people from other religions who remind us of the Christian virtues of humility and thanksgiving, of which Mary is a prime model.“How many foreigners, including persons of other religions, give us an example of values that we sometimes forget or set aside,” the Pope said Oct. 9.People who live among us but might be “scorned and … [Read more...]

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How should Catholic educators respond to gender ideology?

Birmingham, England, Oct 8, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A rising push for gender ideology will have deep consequences, but Catholics can respond in the right way, an English bishop has told education leaders in his diocese.“We must always show genuine love and understanding to those who are swayed or fall victim to the errors of our times,” Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury said.“However, we can never compromise the truth of our faith nor allow the truth about the … [Read more...]

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