‘Genuine religious faith’ is a force against terrorist savagery, Holy See tells UN

New York City, N.Y., Oct 18, 2015 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The papal nuncio to the United Nations on Wednesday stressed the religious rejection of the “utter savagery” of terrorism and violence. “Genuine religious faith is in fact a source of unity and strength against fundamentalist terrorism and encourages individuals and societies to opt for non-violent means to air their grievances and to obtain justice,” Archbishop Bernardito Auza said Oct. 14 to a U.N. … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Four new saints point to humility – not worldly power

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2015 / 03:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis canonized four new saints, whose greatest legacy he said was their tireless imitation of Jesus in humble service to others, which is something each of us are asked to emulate. “The men and women canonized today unfailingly served their brothers and sisters with outstanding humility and charity, in imitation of the divine Master,” the Pope said Oct. 18. “The radiant witness of these new saints … [Read more...]

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Archdiocese: news reports distorted Newark archbishop’s efforts to guide priests

Newark, N.J., Oct 17, 2015 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A memo from the Archbishop of Newark to his priests on the reception of the Eucharist aimed to provide guidance amid the challenges of modern life, but was “taken wildly out of context” in media reports. James Goodness, the Newark archdiocese’s communications director, told CNA Oct. 15 that the memo is about principles, not rules or particular law. He said these principles aim to call on priests to “walk with the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: 50th anniversary of Synod renews the call to discipleship

Vatican City, Oct 17, 2015 / 10:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis presided over celebrations marking 50 years since the establishment of the Synod of Bishops, in which he reflected on the role of the synod in fulfilling our call as disciples to be servants. “Never forget! For disciples of Jesus, yesterday and today, the only authority is the authority of service; the only power is the power of the Cross,” the Pope said Saturday to the Synod fathers gathered in the … [Read more...]

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The miracle behind the canonization of the parents of St Therese of Lisieux

Vatican City, Oct 17, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Seven-year-old Carmen has an extraordinary story. Because of her Blessed Louis Martin and Zelie Guerin, the parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux, will be canonized this Sunday in Saint Peter's Square. The little girl was born prematurely in Spain in 2008 at just six months into pregnancy. She was fighting for her life for several weeks because of a cerebral hemorrhage and other severe ailments.   But her loved ones and many … [Read more...]

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What will the Synod’s final document look like?

Vatican City, Oct 16, 2015 / 09:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the second week of the synod draws to a close, it remains to be seen what the final product from the global meeting of bishops will be. The Synod on the Family, which gathers bishops from around the world for a three-week meeting in Rome, builds upon a previous gathering last year. The final document from last year, known as the Instrumentum Laboris, serves as this year’s starting point. However, nearly all of the … [Read more...]

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At synod, Cardinal Marx openly promotes Communion for divorced-and-remarried

Vatican City, Oct 16, 2015 / 05:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After years of both direct and indirect remarks on the subject, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx issued his most direct statement yet in favor of offering Communion to the divorced-and-remarried. In an Oct. 14 address to his fellow bishops from around the world, gathered at the Synod in Rome, he said that “we should seriously consider the possibility – based on each individual case and not in a generalizing way – to admit … [Read more...]

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