God goes to the limit – not halfway – to save sinners, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 6, 2014 / 10:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Thursday Pope Francis condemned those who are afraid “to dirty their hands” by welcoming sinners, and encouraged all to imitate Jesus – who gave everything in search of the lost. “God is a Father and He goes to the very end to save us, to the limit. This is God’s love,” the Pope told those gathered in the Vatican’s Saint Martha house for his Nov. 6 daily mass. He centered his … [Read more...]

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Exorcisms on the rise: Occult activity sparks ‘pastoral emergency’

Rome, Italy, Nov 6, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic experts say occult activity and the resulting need for exorcisms has reached a critical level.Just prior to the season of all things supernatural, the International Association of Exorcists (AIE) met for their 12th annual conference in Rome, from Oct. 20-25. According to AIE spokesperson Dr. Valter Cascioli, an increasing number of bishops and cardinals asked to participate in the conference due to an increase in demonic … [Read more...]

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For German bishops mercy comes at a price, critics charge

Berlin, Germany, Nov 6, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Cardinal Walter Kasper prepares to receive an award and give a speech at The Catholic University of America later today, a storm is brewing. Critics point out that while Cardinal Kasper and most of his fellow German bishops have been leading the charge to allow those in “irregular” marital situations – those who are divorced and remarried – to receive Communion, they have simultaneously denied the sacraments, … [Read more...]

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UK push to ban gender-based abortions hailed as pro-woman

Washington D.C., Nov 6, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The British Parliament's move to ban sex-selective abortion is a move to defend women's rights – including the right to be born – say supporters of the legislation. “Sex-selective abortion is violent discrimination against females,” Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women's Rights Without Frontiers, told CNA Nov. 5.   “The message of sex-selection abortion is that girls do not deserve to … [Read more...]

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Did an out-of-touch abortion stance cause Democrats to lose the Senate?

Washington D.C., Nov 5, 2014 / 08:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of momentous losses for U.S. Democrats on Tuesday, one group said the party’s abortion stance may be isolating voters and hindering candidates on both sides of the issue. “It was a rough election cycle for pro-life Democrats, largely due to our own party position on abortion,” Democrats for Life executive director Kristen Day told CNA. “In pro-life states and districts, Democrats, and particularly … [Read more...]

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Pain and growth as Archdiocese of New York reorganizes

New York City, N.Y., Nov 5, 2014 / 03:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The parishioners at Holy Innocents were relieved to hear the news. Their parish, the last to offer Latin Mass on a daily basis in New York City, will remain open following concerns that it might be closed in a recent parish consolidation initiative, Making All Things New. After years of assessment, final decisions regarding parish closures, mergers and reorganization were announced Sunday. Overall, 112 parishes will be merged to … [Read more...]

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New norms encourage bishops in difficult situations to resign

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2014 / 02:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The appreciation shown to bishops who choose to offer their resignation before the age of 75 because of illness “or other serious reasons” is the most important point in a Vatican document which went into effect on Wednesday. Made public and going into effect Nov. 5, the ‘rescriptum ex audientia’ follows a Nov. 3 papal audience held with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State. The papal rescript … [Read more...]

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