What’s it like to play for the Pope? Here’s how one Catholic artist described it

Washington D.C., Sep 29, 2015 / 04:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Performing for Pope Francis at Saturday’s Festival of Families in Philadelphia was an answer to prayer for musician Marie Miller, but getting a personal thumbs-up from him surely helped confirm it. “Why did God want me to play when they could have picked somebody that was really popular like the other artists?” she recalled herself asking, in an interview with CNA. Miller was part of a star-studded entertainment … [Read more...]

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After the Pope’s visit – an exclusive interview with Archbishop Chaput

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 29, 2015 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia hosted Pope Francis in his highly-anticipated first visit to the United States. As the dust settled after the departure of nearly 1 million participants in the final Mass for the World Meeting of Families, CNA had the chance to interview Archbishop Chaput, who offered his take on the historic papal trip, the challenges facing family in the U.S., and the upcoming Synod of Bishops in … [Read more...]

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After the Pope’s visit – an exclusive interview with Archbishop Chaput

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 29, 2015 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia hosted Pope Francis in his highly-anticipated first visit to the United States. As the dust settled after the departure of nearly 1 million participants in the final Mass for the World Meeting of Families, CNA had the chance to interview Archbishop Chaput, who offered his take on the historic papal trip, the challenges facing family in the U.S., and the upcoming Synod of Bishops in … [Read more...]

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Pope appeals for life of Georgia death row inmate, but parole board rejects

Atlanta, Ga., Sep 29, 2015 / 02:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has declined to commute the death sentence of a local woman scheduled to be executed tonight, despite a plea from Pope Francis to do so. In a Sept. 29 letter to members of the board, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the U.S., asked for clemency in the case of inmate Kelly Gissendaner. “As the personal representative of His Holiness Pope Francis to the United States of … [Read more...]

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Mercy, dialogue to be the focus of World Communications Day

Vatican City, Sep 29, 2015 / 07:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Announced Tuesday, this year’s theme for World Communications Day is inspired by the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy, and stresses that social communications should be centered on mercy, dialogue and welcome. The Pontifical Council of Social Communication announced the choice of “Communication and Mercy: a fruitful encounter” in a Sept. 29 communique from the Vatican. “Clearly determined” by the Holy Year for … [Read more...]

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Catalan bishops: Church can’t make specific proposals on independence from Spain

Barcelona, Spain, Sep 29, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catalan regional bishops conference last Tuesday issued a statement ahead of Sunday's regional election – widely seen as an informal referendum on independence – saying the Church will not propose specifics, but can agree with positions that have “moral legitimacy.” Catalonia is an autonomous community in northeastern Spain centered on Barcelona, which in recent years has seen agitation for … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis met Argentine family who travelled 11,000 miles to Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 29, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See press officer explained on Sunday that that morning Pope Francis had met with the Walkers, a family from Argentina who travelled in a VW camper van to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. Father Federico Lombardi explained that the Walkers left from Buenos Aires, and covered 11,000 miles and passed through 13 countries during their 194-day trip. The encounter took place after the Pope met with sexual abuse … [Read more...]

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