African, European bishops’ meeting promotes an authentic ‘joy of the family’

Maputo, Mozambique, Jun 5, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of bishops from across Africa and Europe met last weekend pledging to redouble their efforts in favor of families, and examining challenges of the 2014 Synod on the Family as well as prospects for the 2015 synod. The bishops who gathered in Mozambique at the May 28-31 Seminar on the Family were from the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe (CCEE). The … [Read more...]

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Australian bishops stress Cardinal Pell’s determination to fight sex abuse

Canberra, Australia, Jun 5, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of Australian bishops have emphasized Cardinal George Pell’s record of leadership against clergy sex abuse following critical news broadcasts and comments from a member of the pontifical council against abuse.   “He is a man of integrity who is committed to the truth and to helping others, particularly those who have been hurt or who are struggling,” seven bishops said of the cardinal in a June 3 … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Kasper backpedals on papal endorsement of controversial proposal

Washington D.C., Jun 4, 2015 / 03:07 pm (National Catholic Register).- Almost single-handedly one cleric has turned the Church’s teaching on Communion, marriage and divorce into an international debate. For decades, German Cardinal Walter Kasper has promoted a proposal to allow divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics to receive holy Communion after a period of repentance. His controversial position has drawn intense criticism from some and rapturous support from others. Cardinal … [Read more...]

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Pope leads Rome’s Corpus Christi procession on behalf of persecuted Christians

Rome, Italy, Jun 4, 2015 / 02:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Persecuted Christians were remembered during Thursday's Corpus Christi procession in Rome, where Pope Francis told the thousands taking part to walk and pray in unity with those who cannot express their faith so openly. “Let us feel united with them: sing with them, give praise with them, worship with them,” the Roman Pontiff said in his homily for Mass said in the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran June 4, celebrated just … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis pays for 120 of Rome’s poor to visit Shroud of Turin

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2015 / 11:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his latest act of papal charity, Pope Francis has donated funds for two busloads of homeless and sick pilgrims to visit the Shroud of Turin. They will stay in two charitable centers that offer shelter to the homeless during the winter. The trips will “prepare the way for the Pope’s visit which is scheduled to take place on June 21: his poor arrive before him,” the papal almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, told … [Read more...]

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Her husband has been jailed and tortured in Iran – but her faith hasn’t wavered

Washington D.C., Jun 4, 2015 / 06:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The wife of a U.S. citizen imprisoned in Iran pleaded with members of Congress to work for his release, while voicing the consolation they have found in their Christian faith. “For the past 3 years I have been carrying with me a deep excruciating pain knowing that my husband continues to suffer yet another day in one of the worst prisons in the world,” stated Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been a … [Read more...]

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Why did most of the journalists at the ‘shadow council’ fail to report on it?

Rome, Italy, Jun 4, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Since only one quarter of the media representatives present at last week's closed-door meeting of German, French, and Swiss bishops have reported on the meeting, speculation has arisen in Rome that the group is preparing to launch a media blitz in favor of controversial changes to pastoral care for homosexuals and the divorced and remarried in the final weeks leading up to the Synod on the Family. On May 25, bishops from Germany, … [Read more...]

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