Synod letter leak was intended ‘to sow strife’, says Cardinal Müller

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2015 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Gerhard Müller spoke with an Italian daily on Tuesday about the synod and about a letter allegedly sent to Pope Francis from a number of cardinals abouts its process, calling the leak of a private document scandalous. “I'm not saying whether I signed or not. The scandal is that it makes public a private letter of the Pope,” the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith told Corriere della … [Read more...]

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After break-in, Bishop Conley prays for burglar’s conversion

Lincoln, Neb., Oct 13, 2015 / 10:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When Bishop James Conley's residence in Lincoln, Nebraska was invaded and burglarized this weekend, he offered a message of forgiveness and called on the faithful to pray that the thief will discover Christ and return the stolen items. “One of Christ's last acts on the Cross was forgiveness of a repentant thief,” Bishop Conley said in a statement, adding that “certainly, the Church forgives the person … [Read more...]

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Polish archbishop: Unless we recognize sin, Christ’s incarnation is meaningless

Rome, Italy, Oct 13, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a wide-ranging and hard-hitting interview with EWTN Germany, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, president of the Polish bishops' conference, said that were we to cease to recognize sinfulness, then Christ's Incarnation would be rendered “void of its meaning.” “We void the meaning of the whole work of the incarnation because we say that Christ has not come to us; however, beyond Christ, there is no … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis establishes new dorm for Rome’s homeless men

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2015 / 03:16 am (CNA).- Pope Francis and his brother Jesuits in Rome have converted an old travel agency building into a new homeless shelter for men, just in time for the cold winter months. The new dormitory is called “Gift of Mercy,” because mercy is “love’s second name,” Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the Apostolic Almoner, told Vatican Radio. He added that the initiative is a response to Pope Francis’ call to the faithful to care … [Read more...]

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Diverse synod groups united in concern over ‘gender ideology’

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2015 / 12:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the significant differences among the 13 small groups that are discussing the working document at the Synod on the Family, the majority are in agreement that gender ideology poses a serious challenge for families in the modern world. Seven of the bishops’ working groups – which are divided by language – mention gender ideology as one of their major concerns and suggest that the synod’s working document … [Read more...]

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How the ‘shadow council’ is trying to influence the Synod on the Family

Vatican City, Oct 12, 2015 / 03:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When the first week's reports of the 13 small groups at the Synod on the Family were released on Friday, the influence of those who participated in May's “Shadow Council” could be discerned in the report of the German speaking group. The secretive May meeting was organized by the German, French, and Swiss bishops' conferences; and while nearly all of the small groups strongly criticized the synod's … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Pell responds to reports of synod letter

Vatican City, Oct 12, 2015 / 01:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The text of a letter allegedly written by 13 cardinals to Pope Francis is inaccurate, said Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy, adding that the contents of private documents should remain private. “The list of signatories is wrong, and so is the content,” Cardinal Pell told CNA Oct. 12. “I don't know what they did, exactly. Perhaps they attributed incorrect signatures to … [Read more...]

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