Women protect humanity against evil, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Sep 16, 2015 / 11:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Women have a special God-given role in protecting each generation against the evils of its time, Pope Francis said in characteristically off-the-cuff remarks during his weekly Wednesday general audience. Reflecting on Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis, Pope Francis noted that this first man and woman failed at protecting the creation that had been entrusted to them by God, resulting in the inheritance of original sin for all of … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, religious fundamentalism diverts us from the true God

Vatican City, Sep 16, 2015 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious fundamentalism keeps God at a distance, and keeps believers from building bridges with others, Pope Francis reflected on Sunday during a radio interview. “Our God is a God who is close, who accompanies. Fundamentalists keep God away from accompanying his people, they divert their minds from him and transform him into an ideology. So in the name of this ideological god, they kill, they attack, destroy, slander. Practically … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, religious fundamentalism diverts us from the true God

Vatican City, Sep 16, 2015 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious fundamentalism keeps God at a distance, and keeps believers from building bridges with others, Pope Francis reflected on Sunday during a radio interview. “Our God is a God who is close, who accompanies. Fundamentalists keep God away from accompanying his people, they divert their minds from him and transform him into an ideology. So in the name of this ideological god, they kill, they attack, destroy, slander. Practically … [Read more...]

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Here’s what Cardinal O’Malley has to say for Respect Life month

Washington D.C., Sep 16, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While people might think of illness, disability age or inconvenience as something that detracts from human dignity, every life is “worth living,” says Cardinal Sean O'Malley, head of the U.S. bishops' pro-life committee. “An elderly man whose health is quickly deteriorating; an unborn baby girl whose diagnosis indicates she may not live long; a little boy with Down syndrome; a mother facing terminal cancer … [Read more...]

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What adoring the Eucharist looks like – on a massive scale in India

Mumbai, India, Sep 16, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The upcoming National Eucharistic Congress of India, being held in Mumbai in November and expected to draw thousands, is meant to deepen the understanding, appreciation, and love of the Eucharist. The event will be held Nov. 12-15 at the Archdiocese of Bombay's St. Piux X seminary, and is centered on the theme “The Eucharist: Nourished by Christ to Nourish Others.” According to Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay, … [Read more...]

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Planned Parenthood feared bad press over alleged selling of baby parts

Washington D.C., Sep 15, 2015 / 05:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The tenth video from a pro-life group investigating whether abortion providers like Planned Parenthood are illegally selling fetal tissue shows the nation’s largest abortion provider was conscious of the possible damage its affiliates’ practices could cause if it became news. David Daleiden, who is leading the investigation project for the Center for Medical Progress, charged that “the lengths to which Planned … [Read more...]

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Cuban bishops welcome pardon of 3,500 prisoners before Pope Francis’ visit

Havana, Cuba, Sep 15, 2015 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Cuban bishops' conference stated on Friday they “received with profound satisfaction” the decision of the nation's government to pardon 3,522 prisoners “as a humanitarian gesture on the occasion of the visit of Pope Francis to our country.” Cuba's state-run daily newspaper Granma reported Sept. 11 that the government, “on the occasion of the visit of His Holiness, Pope Francis, and as also … [Read more...]

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