Scandal at the Vatican – two arrests made after leak of confidential docs

Vatican City, Nov 2, 2015 / 09:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two former members of a Vatican commission have been arrested on charges of stealing and leaking information in connection with two soon-to-be released books alleged to contain confidential information surrounding Pope Francis' pontificate. Msgr. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and Francesca Chaouqui were taken into custody after being questioned on Saturday and Sunday by the Vatican Gendarmerie, according to a Nov. 2 statement released by … [Read more...]

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Mexican cardinal: Pope Francis to visit Mexico in February

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 1, 2015 / 02:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will visit Mexico City in February 2016, Cardinal Norberto Rivera announced on Sunday.   “I have a piece of news that everyone already knows: the Holy Father comes to visit us, and he comes on the afternoon of Feb. 12. So from that day we will receive him with much love,” the cardinal said. The cardinal made the announcement during Sunday Mass at Mexico City’s cathedral Nov. 1, Televisa … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis on All Saints Day: Want to be holy? Do what Jesus did

Vatican City, Nov 1, 2015 / 10:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The beatitudes are the most direct path toward happiness and holiness, Pope Francis said during Mass on All Saints Day. He urged the congregation to imitate Jesus in walking the difficult, yet rewarding, road to heaven. The Pope said that the beatitudes make up “the path of holiness, and it is the same path of happiness. It is the path Jesus has taken; indeed, Jesus Himself is this path.” “Those who walk with Him and … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to open Bangui’s Holy Door while in Central African Republic

Vatican City, Nov 1, 2015 / 07:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis announced that he will jump-start the Jubilee of Mercy by opening the diocese of Bangui’s Holy Door while in the Central African Republic, as a sign of prayer and solidarity for the war-torn nation. “To manifest the prayerful closeness of the entire Church to this afflicted and tormented nation and to exhort all Central Africans to increasingly be witnesses of mercy and reconciliation, Sunday, Nov. 29, I … [Read more...]

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To celebrate Teresa of Avila, these Cuban nuns rented their own hall

Camag├╝ey, Cuba, Nov 1, 2015 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On May 1, 1961 Fidel Castro ordered the seizure of all private schools in Cuba and the expulsion of all priests and religious. Among those affected were the Teresian Sisters of Enrique de Ossó, who lost their school in Camagüey and its assembly hall, today converted into the Tasende theater. To celebrate the fifth centenary of the birth of St. Teresa of Avila, the nuns were obliged to rent the hall, once their own property, … [Read more...]

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Saints are contagious examples of everyday holiness, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 1, 2015 / 05:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the Solemnity of All Saints, Pope Francis said the mark of true holiness is living each day as a child of God, imitating both Jesus and the saintly individuals we encounter in the ordinary moments of life. In his Nov. 1 Angelus address, the Pope said that a key characteristic of the saints is that they “are examples to imitate.” Francis said he wasn’t just referring to those who have been canonized, but also … [Read more...]

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Bishop Robert Barron to academics: debate Ross Douthat, don’t dodge him

Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 31, 2015 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Robert Barron has weighed in amid a media controversy after the Synod on the Family, saying some academic critics of New York Times columnist Ross Douthat are avoiding a good argument in countering his commentary on the synod, some bishops, and Pope Francis. “Are all of Ross Douthat’s opinions on the Synod debatable? Of course,” the bishop continued. “Do I subscribe to everything he has said in this … [Read more...]

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