Rabbi: From John XXIII to Francis, Catholic relations with Judaism have improved

Rome, Italy, Oct 29, 2015 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fifty years ago the way the Catholic Church related with other religions changed forever when the Second Vatican Council declaration Nostra aetate sparked a wave of unprecedented welcome – a revolution one rabbi says has gained steam with every Pope since. “Saint John XXIII was the revolution. He deserves the copyright,” Rabbi David Rosen told CNA in an Oct. 28 interview. “He really transformed the relationship … [Read more...]

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Want to implement Laudato si’? Strong families are a good start, scholars argue

Washington D.C., Oct 29, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Church teaching on marriage and family life is crucial to understanding Pope Francis' ecology encyclical, experts insisted at a conference on Monday. “Catholic social teaching recognizes that one of the social contributions central to the common good is marriage and the family that flows from it,” said Dr. Melissa Moschella, professor of philosophy at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. at an Oct. 26 … [Read more...]

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A tour of Saint John Paul II’s Poland

Washington D.C., Oct 28, 2015 / 06:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- St. John Paul II had just celebrated the closing Mass of his historic trip to his home country of Poland in 1979 when he turned to survey the crowd of more than a million Poles. “And so, before I leave you, I wish to give one more look at Krakow, this Krakow in which every stone and every brick is dear to me,” the future saint said. “And I look once more on my Poland.” Once more at the Debniki apartment, … [Read more...]

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Princeton love and marriage event expects record-breaking attendance

Princeton, N.J., Oct 28, 2015 / 04:25 pm (CNA).- College students from across the country will gather in record-breaking numbers to attend a high-powered conference on love, marriage and fidelity this weekend – and a free webcast means anyone can follow along. “This conference is an opportunity for students from across the country to interact directly with some of the leading thinkers in the movement to enhance our nation’s understanding of sex and marriage,” Caitlin … [Read more...]

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Advocates chide US – stop ignoring religiously-motivated violence

Washington D.C., Oct 28, 2015 / 01:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. must recognize all causes of religious freedom abuses around the world – including religious motivations where they exist, experts told members of Congress Tuesday. “This is a case that we make again and again and again, and that is that many of our most serious foreign policy and defense challenges have a key religious component to that, and we cannot hope to solve these problems if we do not address the … [Read more...]

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Prayer is the treasure of all religions, says Pope

Vatican City, Oct 28, 2015 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis marked Wednesday's anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's declaration on the relation of the Church to non-Christian religion by saying the world looks to religious believers for their ability to pray. “Prayer is our treasure, to which we draw in accordance with our respective traditions, to ask for the gifts for which humanity yearns,” he said at his Oct. 28 general audience at St. Peter's … [Read more...]

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New Mexico priest, seminarians soup up car for vocations

Gallup, N.M., Oct 28, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Matthew Keller has always been kind of a car guy. “Actually, a lot of a car guy,” he told CNA, laughing. He went to technical school as a teenager – “vocational school, funny enough” – and has worked on cars with his dad and brother-in-law since he was young. But when he decided to enter the seminary, he sold his “hot-rod” car, thinking he would have to leave that passion … [Read more...]

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