Statutes for Vatican commission on protection of minors released

Vatican City, May 8, 2015 / 06:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After meeting for the first time as a complete entity in February, the Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors has published their formal statutes, effective for three years. “The effective protection of minors and a commitment to ensure their human and spiritual development…are integral parts of the Gospel message that the Church and all members of the faithful are called to spread throughout the world,” the … [Read more...]

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How Chinese Catholics around the world are renewing their commitment to the Bible

Taipei, Taiwan, May 8, 2015 / 06:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the 25th anniversary of the founding of the United Chinese Catholic Biblical Association, groups across the globe are reaffirming their dedication to studying and praying with Scripture. Pope Francis conveyed his apostolic blessing to the association, which has grown in the past quarter-century from its birthplace of Hong Kong to Catholic Mandarin-speaking communities around the world that carry out various Biblical … [Read more...]

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Iraqi nun’s visa denial raises questions for US State Department

Washington D.C., May 8, 2015 / 03:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Sister Diana Momenka, a Catholic nun from Iraq, intended to visit the U.S. to talk about the persecution of religious minorities in her country – until the local U.S. consulate denied her visa application. Now the Department of State is facing questions about whether that action has interfered with efforts to help persecuted Christians and other minorities. “Sister Diana represents tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians, … [Read more...]

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Pope urges bishops in African nation to oppose violence toward women

Vatican City, May 8, 2015 / 12:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Thursday encouraged Christians in the west African nation of Mali to provide a strong witness of the family, and exhorted their bishops to give special attention to the situation of women there. “The Christian witness of the family still needs greater coherence: in your cultural context, also marked by divorce and polygamy, Catholics are called upon to concretely proclaim, through their witness, to the Gospel of life … [Read more...]

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Prayer breakfast speakers urge supplication for religious liberty, family

Washington D.C., May 7, 2015 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Prayer is sorely needed as existential threats face faith, the family, and religious liberty in the U.S., Catholic leaders insisted at a prayer breakfast held in the nation's capital on Thursday. “The crisis of marriage and family today cannot be separated from a crisis of faith and a crisis of meaning. And so we must pray for our nation and for our families,” said Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo at the National … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to star athletes: Don’t forget to go to Mass

Vatican City, May 7, 2015 / 03:19 pm (CNA).- On Thursday Pope Francis demonstrated his keen interest in uniting sports with faith, telling members of Italy's Lazio club not to let training or competitions trump the spiritual essentials. “Sometimes it happens that a guy or a girl, due to training and competitions, forgets about Mass (and) catechesis...this is not a good sign; it means we have lost the scale of values,” the Pope told members of Italian sports club Lazio during a … [Read more...]

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Rome prepares for Holy Year of Mercy – with ice cream

Rome, Italy, May 7, 2015 / 06:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pilgrims and tourists strolling down the streets of Rome in the coming months may come across an unexpected treat – a special “Jubilee of Mercy Ice Cream,” created in honor of the upcoming Holy Year. Pope Francis has proclaimed the special Holy Year of Mercy, which is to last from Dec. 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, to Nov. 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Christ the King. The special Jubilee ice cream … [Read more...]

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