Can the Eastern Orthodox still hold a ‘pan-Orthodox Council’?

Istanbul, Turkey, Jun 16, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople maintains the “pan-Orthodox Council” scheduled to begin on Sunday will take place, the gathering is in disarray after four Eastern Orthodox Churches announced they would not be taking part.The Holy and and Great Council, as it is officially known, was meant to gather the bishops of the 14 autocephalous Eastern Orthodox Churches to discuss the mission of Orthodoxy in … [Read more...]

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How the Pope’s visit to Auschwitz will shape World Youth Day

Washington D.C., Jun 16, 2016 / 03:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Since the very first World Youth Day in 1986, the international Catholic event has been marked by prayer, music, and fellowship among thousands of young people eager to encounter the Pope.This year’s gathering in Krakow, Poland will feature the same elements – but it will also be unique, with the Pope’s visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.Paul Jarzembowski, the World Youth Day USA Coordinator at the … [Read more...]

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Filipino bishops: Moral disagreement is no excuse for hatred, violence

Manila, Philippines, Jun 16, 2016 / 12:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Encounter and dialogue are the proper response to disagreements over morality, said the Catholic bishops of the Philippines, emphasizing in the wake of the Orlando shooting that hatred and violence have no place in the lives of Christians.“Bearing in the depth of his or her soul the image of the Creator, no human person should ever be the object of disgust,” the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines said June … [Read more...]

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Prayer vigil after Orlando shooting offers unity, hope to mourners

Orlando, Fla., Jun 15, 2016 / 04:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of various religious communities came together Monday evening at a vigil to pray for the victims of the Orlando nightclub mass shooting and to comfort those who mourn.“Our presence here is a symbol of hope,” Bishop John Noonan of Orlando said the evening of June 13.He recounted that Jesus wept at the death of his friend Lazarus.“We come tonight because we too weep. We weep for the loss of our brothers and … [Read more...]

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What Catholics are doing to help victims of the Orlando shooting

Orlando, Fla., Jun 15, 2016 / 02:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 49 in Orlando, Catholics have tried to be the hands and feet of Christ in showing mercy to victims and their families and loved ones.“We’re in the Jubilee Year of Mercy. And here we have individuals who are in tremendous need of mercy – the repose of the souls of those who are deceased, the family members, the friends, the tremendous shock that has occurred … [Read more...]

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What Catholics are doing to help victims of the Orlando shooting

Orlando, Fla., Jun 15, 2016 / 02:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 49 in Orlando, Catholics have tried to be the hands and feet of Christ in showing mercy to victims and their families and loved ones.“We’re in the Jubilee Year of Mercy. And here we have individuals who are in tremendous need of mercy – the repose of the souls of those who are deceased, the family members, the friends, the tremendous shock that has occurred … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s beatification cause could soon be moving forward

Peoria, Ill., Jun 15, 2016 / 10:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The stalled beatification cause of Archbishop Fulton Sheen could soon resume, thanks to a petition by his family members weighing in on where he should be buried.Joan Sheen Cunningham, the archbishop’s oldest living relative, was joined by other relatives of the archbishop in filing the legal petition with the Supreme Court of the State of New York, asking that the body be transferred to Peoria, Illinois.“With the progress … [Read more...]

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