How Pope Francis thinks we should change marriage prep

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2016 / 05:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Among the less-noticed passages of Pope Francis’ new exhortation was a lengthy section on marriage preparation, a subject that the pontiff has repeatedly spoken on, calling for additional focus at the diocesan and parish levels.   “Learning to love someone does not happen automatically, nor can it be taught in a workshop just prior to the celebration of marriage,” Pope Francis said. “For every couple, marriage … [Read more...]

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Sweden can’t send Christian convert back to Iran

Stockholm, Sweden, Apr 9, 2016 / 03:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious liberty advocates applauded a European court’s ruling in favor of asylum for an individual fleeing life-threatening anti-conversion laws in Iran, on the grounds that his security must be taken into account.“Asylum should be granted to individuals who are being persecuted and fear for their lives because of converting to a different religion,” said Roger Severino, director of the DeVos Center for Religion … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Dolan in Iraqi seminarians: you will convert the world

Erbil, Iraq, Apr 9, 2016 / 03:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After spending his first full day in Erbil, Iraq, Cardinal Timothy Dolan gave a special message to men studying in Iraq’s only remaining seminary for diocesan priests.“You, you will be the apostles. You will be the heralds. You will help convert the world,” Cardinal Dolan said April 9.He spoke to the nearly 30 seminarians currently studying at St. Peter Patriarchal Seminary for the Chaldean Patriarchate in Erbil after … [Read more...]

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Pope to visit Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan

Vatican City, Apr 9, 2016 / 06:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will journey this summer to Armenia, and will visit Georgia and Azerbaijan later in the year, the Vatican announced Saturday.The visit to Armenia will take place June 24-26, following the invitation of Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, the nation's civil authorities, and the Catholic Church, according to the April 9 statement from the Holy See press office.Francis himself had expressed his … [Read more...]

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Pope to visit Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan

Vatican City, Apr 9, 2016 / 06:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will journey this summer to Armenia, and will visit Georgia and Azerbaijan later in the year, the Vatican announced Saturday.The visit to Armenia will take place June 24-26, following the invitation of Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, the nation's civil authorities, and the Catholic Church, according to the April 9 statement from the Holy See press office.Francis himself had expressed his … [Read more...]

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Integration requires conversion: reflections on Amoris laetitia

Washington D.C., Apr 9, 2016 / 06:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Reflecting on Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on love in the family, two professors at the John Paul II Institute have emphasized the close ties between integration and conversion, as well as the importance of the Church's established teaching.Amoris laetitia, released April 8, is the conclusion of a two-year synod process discussing both the beauty and challenges of family life today.“Among the many pastoral … [Read more...]

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Pope: When giving to the poor, look them in the eyes

Vatican City, Apr 9, 2016 / 05:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In Saturday's address for the monthly Jubilee of Mercy general audience, Pope Francis said almsgiving is not just about the money; it is about being attentive to the actual needs of the person asking for help.“Almsgiving is a gesture of love which directs us toward those we meet,” the Pope said in his catechesis. “It is a gesture of sincere attention to those who come to us and ask our help.”“We should … [Read more...]

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