‘We need bridges, not walls!’ Pope says on Berlin Wall anniversary

Vatican City, Nov 9, 2014 / 07:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Pope Francis said that it only happened through a long, painful struggle, and warned that there are still many walls that divide the world today. “Wherever there is a wall, there is a closed heart. We need bridges, not walls!” the Pope voiced to those present in St. Peter’s Square for his Nov. 9 Angelus address. He recalled how for many years the Berlin Wall had … [Read more...]

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Ruins of the Berlin Wall: what they whisper 25 years later

Rome, Italy, Nov 9, 2014 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- What remains of the Berlin Wall discloses a subtle yet stark reminder for civilization to not “look to walls as solutions,” says German priest Father Bernd Hagenkord, S.J. It's been twenty-five years to the day since the wall fell – an event which marked the beginning of the end of the decades-long Cold War, and served as a catalyst for Germany's reunification. The anniversary comes months after the canonization … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis recognizes ‘heroic virtue’ of 12-year-old boy

Vatican City, Nov 8, 2014 / 01:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes for a 12-year-old Italian boy who died late 1970s as well as seven other men and women, recognizing all for their “heroic virtue.” The Pope authorized the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints to declare the eight laypersons, priests, and religious – including young Silvio Dissegna – as “venerable.” The move was announced Nov. 7 during an audience with … [Read more...]

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Where does every vocation start? The family, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Nov 8, 2014 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a meeting with members of the Italian Adult Catholic Scouting Movement, Pope Francis stressed the “educative mission” of the family, noting how every vocation is rooted in this fundamental relationship. The Nov. 8 audience with some 7,000 representatives marked the 60th anniversary of the founding of the movement. Pope Francis acknowledged the “apostolic commitment” shown by the scout members, which testifies … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Burke moved to Order of Malta, Mamberti to lead Signatura

Vatican City, Nov 8, 2014 / 08:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After six years serving as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, Cardinal Raymond Burke has been appointed as Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Cardinal Burke, 66, confirmed publicly in October that Pope Francis informed him of the move. The American prelate was appointed as chief justice of the Catholic Church’s highest court in 2008 by Benedict XVI. Previously, he headed the Archdiocese of … [Read more...]

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A year after the storm, gratitude trumps grief for Haiyan survivors

Manila, Philippines, Nov 8, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A sign hangs outside a newly re-opened storefront in Tacloban. It reads “Thank you to our 'not so' foreign friends,” referencing the thousands of aid workers who rushed to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan just one year ago. “It’s really gratifying to encounter this level of sincerity in our work,” said Josh Keller, coordinator of Catholic Relief Services' emergency response … [Read more...]

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Seismic court ruling affirms link between marriage, kids

Washington D.C., Nov 7, 2014 / 05:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Defense of marriage advocates lauded a major 2-1 decision by a federal appeals court that noted the importance of children and sexual complementarity in upholding state laws defining marriage. “We are particularly heartened by the Court’s acknowledgment of the reasonable arguments for preserving the true definition of marriage and by the Court’s respect for the self-determination of states on this issue,” said … [Read more...]

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