Pope Francis goes to Washington (and will reach an even bigger crowd than planned)

Washington D.C., Jul 9, 2015 / 12:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The setting for Pope Francis’ address to Congress in September just grew by giant proportions as the public will be able to watch the telecast from outside the U.S. Capitol building. Pope Francis also wishes to make a “brief appearance” on the West Front of the Capitol building after he addresses a joint meeting of Congress on September 24, House Speaker John Boehner’s office announced Wednesday morning. The … [Read more...]

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Don’t forget how Christianity shaped you, Pope tells Bolivia

La Paz, Bolivia, Jul 8, 2015 / 06:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a meeting at the Cathedral of La Paz in Bolivia, Pope Francis urged civil authorities to respect religious freedom in order to allow Christians to play their part in civil life. “Christianity has played an important role in shaping the identity of the Bolivian people,” the Holy Father said. “Religious freedom – a phrase we often encounter in civil discourse – also reminds us that faith cannot be … [Read more...]

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‘Jallalla Bolivia’ – Pope Francis arrives speaking Quechua

La Paz, Bolivia, Jul 8, 2015 / 04:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Arriving in Bolivia on Wednesday afternoon, Pope Francis greeted those waiting for him with the greeting “jallalla,” significant because it comes from the Quechua-Aymara languages of the nation's indigenous peoples. Francis used the phrase “Jallalla Bolivia” at the close of his July 8 speech of greeting to Bolivians at the airport of La Paz, the nation's administrative capital. In his address, the Pope … [Read more...]

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Spanish court recognizes pharmacists’ conscience rights

Madrid, Spain, Jul 8, 2015 / 03:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Spain's Constitional Court has issued a ruling protecting the conscience rights of pharmacists who decline to sell the morning after pill on the basis of religious belief or other conscientious objection. The court's finding was based on freedoms of religion and conscience found in article 16 of the Spanish constition. The decision concerned the case of a pharmacist in Seville who was sanctioned with a 3,000 euro ($3,300) fine … [Read more...]

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‘Remember your roots’: Pope goes off-the-cuff to priests, religious

Quito, Ecuador, Jul 8, 2015 / 11:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his last encounter during his visit to Ecuador, Pope Francis on Wednesday warned priests and religious against career ambitions that lead to 'spiritual Alzheimer’s.' “When a seminarian or priest thinks too much about his career, he starts to suffer from spiritual Alzheimer's and he loses his memory and forgets where he came from,” the Pope said. “Never forget where you came from; don’t forget … [Read more...]

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Ecuador is ‘a Church on the move’

Quito, Ecuador, Jul 8, 2015 / 06:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Everyone at the Vatican is praying for the fruits of the Pope’s apostolic visit to Latin America, but there is one person with a special insight into the papal trip. Sister Andrea Romero Saltos is an Idente Missionary and the only Ecuadorian woman working at the Holy See. “I’m really happy…Yesterday we saw him arrive (in Ecuador) and I felt a lot of joy and a lot of hope, because the visit of the Holy Father … [Read more...]

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Australia’s bishops reaffirm marriage – and get reported to government

Hobart, Tasmania, Jul 8, 2015 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent pastoral letter on marriage, Australia’s Catholic bishops reaffirmed Catholic teaching. And one of the bishops has countered a leading same-sex marriage activist who said the pastoral letter should be reported to the Tasmanian government for illegal bias. “The Catholic Church in Tasmania is exercising its right to freedom of opinion, just as opponents to the Church’s views on marriage are also exercising … [Read more...]

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