Pope Francis ordains new bishop at major Roman cathedral

Rome, Italy, Nov 9, 2015 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At Saint John Lateran cathedral in Rome, Pope Francis ordained Monsignor Angelo De Donatis as an auxiliary bishop, encouraging the new prelate in off-the-cuff remarks to be an example of God's mercy. “Near the beginning of the Year of Mercy, I ask you – as a brother – to be merciful,” Pope Francis told the new bishop during his homily Nov. 9. “The Church and the world need so much mercy. You teach … [Read more...]

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Knights of Columbus reach $100 billion in life insurance

New Haven, Conn., Nov 9, 2015 / 02:29 pm (CNA).- The Knights of Columbus announced last week that they have surpassed $100 billion of life insurance in force, adding to a year of record-breaking sales. “The $100 billion milestone is not simply a number,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson in a statement. “It highlights the fact that each year we are protecting the future of more Catholic families, continuing the mission of our founder, Venerable Father Michael J. … [Read more...]

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Knights of Columbus reach $100 billion in life insurance

New Haven, Conn., Nov 9, 2015 / 02:29 pm (CNA).- The Knights of Columbus announced last week that they have surpassed $100 billion of life insurance in force, adding to a year of record-breaking sales. “The $100 billion milestone is not simply a number,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson in a statement. “It highlights the fact that each year we are protecting the future of more Catholic families, continuing the mission of our founder, Venerable Father Michael J. … [Read more...]

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This Catholic nun is competing on Food Network’s reality cooking show

Chicago, Ill., Nov 9, 2015 / 02:25 pm (CNA).- Fans of the Food Network’s competitive cooking show “Chopped” can look forward to a special appearance on Monday night’s episode – Sister Alicia Torres, a Catholic religious sister from the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago. Along with three other chefs, Sr. Torres will have to get through the appetizer round – by creating a confection from Thanksgiving leftovers – as well as the entrée and … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to pro-life activists: You are the world’s Good Samaritans

Vatican City, Nov 9, 2015 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis praised pro-life activists as “Good Samaritans” to the most vulnerable, citing their commitment to defending life at all stages and their role in affirming the dignity of women.Meeting Nov. 6 with members of Italy's pro-life movement, the Pope called on those present “to protect the most vulnerable people, who have the right to be born into life, as well as those who ask for a healthier and more … [Read more...]

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Is this the future of marriage prep in the Church?

Lafayette, La., Nov 8, 2015 / 03:09 pm (National Catholic Register).- Father Michael Delcambre looked at his congregation on Sunday and realized he had what other pastors might call an unusual sight: He counted 10 newly married couples sitting right there in the pews, and they were regulars. “I wondered if these couples would be coming to Mass if we had not really gone out of our way to help connect them in such a way that they want to be at Mass and see the importance of it,” he … [Read more...]

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Pope: ‘Deplorable’ leak of private docs doesn’t damper Vatican reform

Vatican City, Nov 8, 2015 / 05:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis spoke out for the first time on what has been called the most recent “Vatileaks” scandal with the theft of confidential information by the Holy See, but offered his assurances that the reform process would move forward. The stealing and publication of the documents was a “mistake,” and “a deplorable act that does not help,” the Pope said Nov. 8, explaining that he had called for … [Read more...]

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