Vatican parish welcomes first refugee family following Pope’s appeal

Vatican City, Sep 18, 2015 / 11:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A family of four has been welcomed by the community of the Vatican's St. Anne parish after Pope Francis' made an appeal earlier this month for every church in Europe open their doors to refugees. Papal Almoner Bishop Konrad Krajewski issued a Sept. 18 statement that the family – a father, mother and two children – have already been received. Syrian Christians of Catholic Greek-Melkite rite, the family fled their … [Read more...]

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When Pope Francis comes to the US, he won’t just talk about the environment

Washington D.C., Sep 18, 2015 / 10:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ ecology encyclical is about a lot more than recycling – it speaks to man’s deepest relationships – and the Pope will emphasize all this in his upcoming U.S. visit, said one leading U.S. bishop. Laudato si' is ultimately about “integral ecology,” or the connection between human relationships and nature, Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami explained at the National Press Club on … [Read more...]

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No one can play dumb on what’s happening in the Middle East, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 18, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While the international community can't seem to find solutions to the current crisis ravaging the Middle East, thanks to the media it's caught the world's attention and can't be ignored, Pope Francis said. He referred to the “overwhelming human tragedies” taking place in Iraq and Syria as a result of ongoing conflicts, which have caused millions to flee their homes. The Pope's words were addressed to … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis will arrive to Cuba as a ‘missionary of mercy’

Vatican City, Sep 18, 2015 / 04:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the eve of his arrival to Cuba Pope Francis sent a video message to the small island nation, expressing his desire to be a witness of God’s mercy in the country, and to encourage locals to do the same. “I want to be among you as a missionary of mercy, of the tenderness of God, but allow me also to encourage you to be missionaries of this infinite love of God,” the Pope said in his message. Broadcast Sept. 17, the … [Read more...]

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How marriage prep is failing Catholics, and what we can do about it

Denver, Colo., Sep 18, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church needs to seriously consider changing the way it approaches marriage preparation say John and Claire Grabowski, a couple who serve on the Pontifical Council for the Family. The Grabowskis are one of only two couples from the United States to serve on the council, which assists the Pope by focusing on issues related to marriage and the family.   As a couple, they have been helping young people with marriage preparation … [Read more...]

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What’s behind the White House’s invite to Catholic dissenters

Washington D.C., Sep 18, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The White House will host a welcoming ceremony for Pope Francis next week, but it has invited several LGBT activist allies who are working to target Catholic beliefs and to influence the Synod on the Family. On Sept. 23, the White House will host hundreds of people on the South Lawn for a welcoming ceremony for Pope Francis’ first visit to the U.S. as Roman Pontiff. The Pope and president Barack Obama will then have a private … [Read more...]

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The story of Japan’s hidden Christians emerges from the Vatican archives

Vatican City, Sep 17, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Collected by a Salesian missionary to Japan in the early 20th century, letters and documents showing the history of Christians in the land of the rising sun have been recently restored by the Vatican archives and library. The collection conveys the story of the persecution of Christians in Japan, a story that Pope Francis has often recalled when speaking of the "hidden Christians" who knew how to keep and pass on the faith in a … [Read more...]

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