US bishops on ‘Laudato Si’ – it’s about conversion

Washington D.C., Jun 18, 2015 / 02:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Several leading U.S. bishops praised the new papal encyclical as an invitation to turn away from sin and grow closer to God through a relationship to the created world. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, described the document as fundamentally an invitation to deeper conversion. “It’s about our Holy Father saying everyone should take responsibility, and sin is … [Read more...]

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After mass shooting horror, S.C. Catholics mourn with Charleston church

Charleston, S.C., Jun 18, 2015 / 12:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A mass shooting at a historic African-American church in Charleston, S.C. drew prayers and sympathy from the state’s Catholics, aghast at the horror of the crime which may have had racial motivations. “The inside of any church is a sanctuary. When a person enters, he or she has the right to worship, pray and learn in a safe and secure environment,” Bishop Robert Guglielmone of Charleston said June 18. “For … [Read more...]

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Magisterium – not secret authors – had final say on encyclical

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2015 / 11:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite many claiming they helped to draft Pope Francis' new encyclical, the final text cannot be attributed to any 'hidden' advisors, says a former Vatican official. The proof, he says, is shown by the fact that the encyclical stands on the shoulders of previous magisterial teachings. The encyclical, “Laudato Si,” meaning “Praise be to You,” was published June 18. Its name is taken from St. Francis … [Read more...]

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Click here for the full text of the Pope’s new encyclical, Laudato Si

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2015 / 10:39 am (CNA).- Pope Francis' new encyclical, Laudato Si, was published today. The full text can be accessed at the Vatican website:http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html … [Read more...]

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A new church is consecrated in United Arab Emirates amid hope for peace, dialogue

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Jun 18, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The inauguration and blessing of a new parish in the capital of the United Arab Emirates last week was met with jubilation, as the church will be a boon to the thousands of migrant Catholics working and living on the outskirts of the city. “We thank the rulers for providing an attractive environment where Christians feel accepted and are able to live their own identity and to practice their religious … [Read more...]

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The Pope’s take on transgender issues? Accept the body God gave you

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2015 / 04:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' new encyclical on the environment calls for men and women to acknowledge their bodies as a gift from God which should not be manipulated. “The acceptance of our bodies as God's gift is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father and our common home,” the Pope wrote, “whereas thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis blasts abortion, population control in new encyclical

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2015 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his new encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis slams attacks against human life such as abortion, embryonic experimentation and population control – saying that respect for creation and human dignity go hand in hand. The Pope explained that “a sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings.” “At times we see an obsession with denying a … [Read more...]

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