Prepare for Christmas by conversion, Pope tells Advent Angelus crowd

Vatican City, Dec 4, 2016 / 07:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The proclamation of John the Baptist to “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand” is a joyful one that calls us to conversion, Pope Francis said today in his Angelus address on the second Sunday of Advent.Referring to the Gospel reading for the day from Matthew 3:1-12, the Pope noted that the proclamation of John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus, is also repeated several times by Jesus himself throughout the Gospel … [Read more...]

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Vatican weighs in on power, limits of artificial intelligence

Vatican City, Dec 4, 2016 / 03:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This week the Vatican hosted a high-level discussion in the world of science, gathering experts to discuss the progress, benefits and limits of advances in artificial intelligence.A new conference at the Vatican drew experts in various fields of science and technology for a two-day dialogue on the “Power and Limits of Artificial Intelligence,” hosted by the Pontifical Academy for Sciences.Among the scheduled speakers were … [Read more...]

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That time JPII changed Fidel Castro’s mind about Christmas

Havana, Cuba, Dec 3, 2016 / 03:40 pm (Church Pop).- After Fidel Castro gained power in Cuba in 1959, he spent the next decade slowly imposing socialism on the country, including state atheism.In 1960, several Cuban Catholic bishops signed a letter re-affirming the Church’s long-standing rejection of communism and called for Catholics to reject it. In response, his government confiscated Catholic property and arrested Catholics. Then, in 1969, he banned the celebration of Christmas.This … [Read more...]

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Pope to global economic leaders: Remember the dignity of the human person

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2016 / 07:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an unprecedented event, Fortune 500 CEOs, members of the Time 100 and non-profit, academic, religious and labor leaders from throughout the world met in Rome to address the need for a global economic system that both encourages growth and aids the poor.The two-day forum focused on the theme “The 21st Century Challenge: Forging a New Social Compact.” Inspired by Pope Francis’ continual call to help the poor and … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ letter to dying girl read aloud at her funeral

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2016 / 05:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has again captured the hearts of the world, with a tear-jerking letter to a young Italian girl dying from cancer, which was read aloud at the girl’s funeral once she passed away.“Dear Paolina, your photos are on my desk, because in your very special gaze I see the light of goodness and innocence. Thank you for sending them to me!” the Pope said at the beginning of his letter.He instructed the girl to … [Read more...]

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Euthanasia of alcoholic father sends ‘dangerous’ message

Amsterdam, Netherlands, Dec 2, 2016 / 03:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A doctor in the Netherlands performed euthanasia on a 41 year-old father of two who claimed his alcoholism had made his life unbearable. Mark Langedijk, who also suffered from depression and anxiety, was found eligible for a controversial application of the euthanasia laws of the country.   Langedijk was euthanized by his general physician in his home on July 14 of this year. His brother, Marcel, recently … [Read more...]

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Supreme Court appears skeptical of Texas’ death penalty standards

Washington D.C., Dec 2, 2016 / 02:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a death penalty case that could determine the fate of a man whom lawyers say is intellectually disabled.The legal issue in question, said Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, is “did Texas violate the Eighth Amendment when it disregarded the national consensus definition” of intellectual disability and “substituted a … [Read more...]

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