Marriage and family are being threatened, Pope tells US Congress

Washington D.C., Sep 24, 2015 / 09:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his lengthy speech to the U.S. Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis said the family is being threatened today like never before, and praised American figures, including Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., for their tireless efforts to defend freedom and values. The Pope also boldly condemned the death penalty and the arms trade, calling for their global abolition. “How essential the family has been to the building … [Read more...]

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Read the full text of Pope Francis’ address to US Congress

Washington D.C., Sep 24, 2015 / 05:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Please find below the full text of Pope Francis' Sept. 24 address to members of the United States Congress: Mr. Vice-President, Mr. Speaker, Honorable Members of Congress, Dear Friends,I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free asnd the home of the brave”. I would like to think that the reason for this is that I too am a son of this great … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis made surprise stop at Little Sisters of the Poor to show support

Washington D.C., Sep 23, 2015 / 08:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis paid a short visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor community in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to support them in their court case over the contraception mandate, the Vatican's spokesman revealed. It was a “short visit that was not in the program,” Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, said at an evening press conference during the papal visit to the nation's … [Read more...]

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Care for environment is a moral duty, not a political football, bishop tells Americans

Washington D.C., Sep 23, 2015 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After Pope Francis insisted at the White House that the present moment is “critical” for addressing the threat of climate change, one bishop implored Americans to recognize environmental stewardship as a moral imperative. “It has been a very politicized topic,” Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces admitted to CNA Sept. 23 about the issues of environmental stewardship and climate change in the U.S. Bishop … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Sarah: efforts to ‘soften’ Christ’s teaching ignore the Good News of mercy

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 23, 2015 / 05:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Efforts to ‘soften’ Christian teaching on the family are not a solution for those wounded by sin, Cardinal Robert Sarah, a native of the west African country of Guinea, told the World Meeting of Families on Wednesday. Rather, everyone can find healing through repentance and the heroic witness of families who welcome God’s mercy, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship said. “Even members of the … [Read more...]

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Possible papal detour: a visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial?

Washington D.C., Sep 23, 2015 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A previously unscheduled visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. might be added to the papal schedule for Thursday morning, according to a source familiar with the White House. “Pope Francis might stop by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Sept. 24, right before going to hold his speech before the two houses of Congress,” the source told CNA. The source also added that “at the moment, … [Read more...]

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Iraqi Christians who fled Islamic State share their story

Denver, Colo., Sep 23, 2015 / 03:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The plight of Christians in the Middle East was the focus of an educational and fundraising event in Denver on Friday, in which two Christian refugees from a city near Mosul told of their escape from Islamic State militants. The Sept. 18 Assembly of Hope and Mercy was hosted by Regis University.A young Iraqi woman recounted her Aug. 14, 2014 escape from Bakhdida, 20 miles southeast of Mosul, when Kurdish troops defending the town … [Read more...]

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