Dallas’ next auxiliary bishop sees ‘a new call to serve’

Dallas, Texas, Dec 16, 2015 / 12:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Wednesday appointed Monsignor J. Gregory Kelly, a local priest, to become the newest auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Dallas.“I experience this new call to be an auxiliary bishop more than anything as a new grace from Christ and a new call to serve him, whom I love, and to whom I am especially grateful,” Bishop-designate Kelly said at a Dec. 16 press conference.Citing the start of the Church’s Year … [Read more...]

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How does God show mercy to us? Through the Church, Pope says

Vatican City, Dec 16, 2015 / 10:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church is the “living sign” of God's love and mercy in the world, Pope Francis said during his Wednesday general audience. He reflected on the universality of communion as demonstrated by the global scale of the Jubilee of Mercy.“May this ecclesial communion become more and more intense, because the Church is in the world the living sign of the love and mercy of the Father,” the Pope said in his Dec. 16 … [Read more...]

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Canadian judge rules in favor of religious liberty for Christian law school

Victoria, Canada, Dec 16, 2015 / 03:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has reversed a decision by the province’s law society that would have banned graduates of a Christian law school from practicing law in the province.The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) originally agreed to recognize graduates of the proposed law school at Trinity Western University (TWU), the largest Christian university in Canada, in April 2014.They reversed their decision in … [Read more...]

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Vatican finances get a positive report card from European watchdog

Vatican City, Dec 16, 2015 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Council of Europe's second progress report on the reform of Vatican finances, released Tuesday, found that the Holy See has addressed many of the deficiencies in its financial system, while continuing to urge that it ramp up money laundering prosecutions.The Dec. 15 report was released by Moneyval, the Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering committee.According to a Moneyval statement, the Holy See “has addressed … [Read more...]

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Coming soon: A new American saint?

Vatican City, Dec 15, 2015 / 04:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis yesterday authorized the Heroic Virtue of Brother William Gagnon, giving him the title of Venerable and launching him on the first step on the potential path to sainthood. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presented Brother Gagnon’s name to the Holy Father along with a list of others at an audience Dec. 14.  Born to French-Canadian parents in Dover, New … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis ups effort to make annulments more accessible

Vatican City, Dec 15, 2015 / 03:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday Pope Francis clarified a few points in his streamlined marriage annulment process and restored power to the Vatican’s main marriage court in order to prevent unnecessary procedural delays.One of the key clarifications the Pope made was to reiterate that the new rules trump everything that came before them, including changes made during the pontificates of Pope Pius XI and John Paul II.First announced in September, the … [Read more...]

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How one pro-life group is preparing for the 2016 elections

Washington D.C., Dec 15, 2015 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If the pro-life movement is to achieve its biggest policy victories to date, it must have a supporter in the White House after the 2016 election, one pro-life advocacy group has insisted. “The stakes are very high,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, told CNA in an interview about the 2016 election.Two landmark pieces of pro-life legislation have made recent gains in Congress, but the … [Read more...]

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