Cardinal Müller warns against adapting Church to today’s often pagan lifestyles

Vatican City, Jun 9, 2015 / 01:08 am (National Catholic Register).- Cardinal Gerhard Müller has spoken out firmly against trying to adapt the Church’s teaching to today’s often pagan lifestyles, saying such an approach introduces subjectivism and arbitrariness. In an interview with the Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost on June 6th, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith warned that placing “any so-called lived realities” on the same level as … [Read more...]

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Among the ruins of Iraq, Christians’ faith burns brightly

Erbil, Iraq, Jun 9, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the potential threat from the nearby Islamic State, several monks and students in northern Iraq have found refuge in an ancient monastery, certain they are in God's hands no matter what happens. Erbil’s Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda said that those who have chosen to remain in the fourth century Monastery of Saint Matthew have “expressed their faith that this is a secure place.” He told CNA June 8 that … [Read more...]

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An altar for Pope Francis: CUA students’ design to enliven DC Mass

Washington D.C., Jun 8, 2015 / 07:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For most graduating college seniors, the final weeks of school focus on exams, saying goodbyes and looking to their next steps in life. But for three seniors studying architecture at The Catholic University of America, the final weeks of school presented the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to design the altar and chair for Pope Francis’ historic trip to Washington, D.C. this fall. “I still don’t really … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Men and women are different for a reason

Vatican City, Jun 8, 2015 / 03:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The value and beauty of marriage, based on the complementarity of man and woman, is lamentably being challenged by “gender ideology,” Pope Francis warned the bishops of Puerto Rico on Monday. “The complementarity of man and woman, the crown of the divine creation, is being questioned by gender ideology in the name of a freer and more just society,” the Pope said June 8 at the Vatican's Santa Marta … [Read more...]

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Bishop Heiner Koch, a German delegate to Family Synod, appointed Berlin archbishop

Berlin, Germany, Jun 8, 2015 / 01:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican confirmed on Monday, June 8 that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Heiner Koch of Dresden-Meissen as Archbishop of Berlin. As Archbishop of Berlin, he will shepherd a population of 5.7 million, of whom 407,000 are Catholics. The Berlin archdiocese also has 421 priests and 668 religious. Bishop Koch was born in 1954 in Duesseldorf, and studied theology in Bonn. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Cologne on his … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis meets with Argentina’s president, and sends a present home

Vatican City, Jun 8, 2015 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Sunday met with Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the president of his native country. She assured the Roman Pontiff of the affection and closeness of his fellow Argentines and asked for his blessing on their behalf. The Pope met in private with Argentina’s president for 90 minutes in the Pope’s study at Vatican City’s Paul VI Hall, during which time they exchanged gifts. Pope Francis, the former Buenos … [Read more...]

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Archbishop: Ukrainian conflict is Europe’s biggest crisis since WWII

Rome, Italy, Jun 7, 2015 / 03:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of Ukraine’s Greek Catholic Church said the country is facing a “humanitarian catastrophe” with global consequences that cannot be ignored by the international community. He called on participants of next week’s G7 Summit in Bavaria to work toward effective solutions. “The aggression against Ukraine is a challenge for preserving peace in the world which cannot pretend that nothing happens in … [Read more...]

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