This cardinal sees no reason to expect the Family Synod to be outside Church teaching

Piura, Peru, Aug 19, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Only two months away from the beginning of the 2015 Synod on the Family, Cardinal Raúl Vela Chiriboga has said there is no room “to expect 'extraordinary things' from the synod, outside of the doctrine of the faith.” “The Church is the depository of the faith, and that faith is the teaching of Jesus: we can’t go against his commandment,” the emeritus Archbishop of Quito explained Aug. 14 to CNA … [Read more...]

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Incest, suicide, and murder: What we can expect from Tolkien’s dark new story

Nashville, Tenn., Aug 19, 2015 / 03:04 am (CNA).- A previously unpublished short story by J.R.R. Tolkien will release in the U.K. next week, and it promises to give a fascinating look into one of the literary giant’s first experimentations with fantasy writing. “The Story of Kullervo” is Tolkien’s retelling of “The Kalevala,” the dark 19th-century Finnish epic about an orphan who avenges the massacre of his family and accidentally seduces his own sister … [Read more...]

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EWTN forms new publishing group with Sophia Institute Press

Manchester, N.H., Aug 19, 2015 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although EWTN Global Catholic Network already reaches over 250 million television households in 140 countries worldwide, they have decided to further expand their outreach down another avenue: book publishing. Announced this month, the publisher Sophia Institute Press will be joining the EWTN network to print books and publish content electronically, making Catholic literature available globally through their newly formed publishing … [Read more...]

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Here’s how one Catholic congressman is prepping for the Pope’s US visit

Washington D.C., Aug 18, 2015 / 05:05 pm (CNA).- As the nation’s capital works to get ready for Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. this fall, one Catholic congressman is preparing by reading papal encyclicals. “I say as a Catholic, I’m pretty excited,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) told CNA of the upcoming papal visit. He added that it is an opportunity to “evangelize as Catholic members of Congress.” The Pope’s visit is a “serious … [Read more...]

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Despite Iran deal proposal, American pastor remains imprisoned

Washington D.C., Aug 18, 2015 / 04:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid Congressional debate over President Barack Obama’s proposed Iran nuclear deal, family and friends of an imprisoned American are pleading for his release to be a part of the agreement. Now entering his third year in Iran’s Rajai Shahr prison, American pastor Saeed Abedini continues to face harsh treatment. Prison guards targeted him on Aug. 6 when they raided his cell for no apparent reason, according to reports from … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis mourns death of Hungarian Cardinal Laszlo Paskai

Vatican City, Aug 18, 2015 / 07:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter of condolence Pope Francis has offered his comfort and prayer to the Church of Hungary following the recent death of Cardinal Laszlo Paskai, archbishop emeritus of Budapest. “I was saddened to learn the news of the death of His Eminence Cardinal Laszlo Paskai, OFM,” the Pope said in an Aug. 18 letter, written in English and addressed to the current archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Cardinal Peter Erdo. “I … [Read more...]

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The role of friendship in helping young people with same-sex attraction

Detroit, Mich., Aug 18, 2015 / 06:21 am (CNA).- True friendship is vital in helping young people who are struggling with same-sex attraction but trying to live a chaste lifestyle, said a prominent gay Catholic blogger. “We love when we make ourselves vulnerable,” said blogger Joseph Prever who writes under the pseudonym Steve Gershom for a blog with the tagline, “Catholic, gay, and feeling fine.” Prever was speaking at an international conference on pastoral care for … [Read more...]

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