Pope Francis makes secret stop at new dorms for Rome’s homeless

Vatican City, Oct 16, 2015 / 04:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After last night’s synod session Pope Francis didn’t go back to his residence at the St. Martha house as usual, but instead decided to pop by the Vatican’s new dormitory for homeless men. According to an Oct. 16 communique from the Vatican, the Pope left for the dormitory shortly after the synod’s evening session yesterday closed at 7 p.m., taking off in his Fiat. Located around the corner from the Vatican on … [Read more...]

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Men and women are complementary – but what does that look like in practice?

Washington D.C., Oct 16, 2015 / 03:25 am (CNA).- The idea that men and women are different and complementary has been part of the Catholic Church from its beginning. But what exactly does this mean for the Church today? What does it imply for women serving in the Church – Should they fill the exact same roles as men? Should there be a quota for each sex in service to the Church? Not at all, according to Mary Hasson, editor of the book, “Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women … [Read more...]

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Caritas Pakistan marks 50 years of service in South Asia

Lahore, Pakistan, Oct 16, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of Catholics in Pakistan gathered last month for a Mass of Thanksgiving which kicked off celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of Caritas Pakistan, part of the worldwide confederation of Catholic relief organizations. “It is a very special occasion to celebrate this glorious occasion of a 50 years' journey of works of solidarity that Caritas Pakistan and the bishops have courageously committed to … [Read more...]

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Don’t ‘regionalize’ Church teaching on marriage, says Irish archbishop at synod

Vatican City, Oct 15, 2015 / 04:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic teaching on marriage and the family is universal, not something local bishops’ conferences can decide for themselves, an Irish archbishop said Thursday. Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, the Primate of All-Ireland, said he did not support “the idea that somehow it’s up to individual bishops conferences to interpret the teaching of the Church.” “I think if we are part of a universal teaching … [Read more...]

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Pope meets with Chilean miners five years after ‘miraculous’ rescue

Rome, Italy, Oct 15, 2015 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis met this week with a group of Chilean miners who spent more than two months in a collapsed mine in 2010, before a dramatic rescue that many have hailed as miraculous. The miners had a chance to meet the Pope after his weekly general audience. They presented him with a miner’s helmet and other gifts. Among those present to meet the Holy Father were Ariel Ticona, one of the miners who was trapped underground, along with his … [Read more...]

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Do aliens exist? Pope Francis tackles this (and other things) in new interview

Vatican City, Oct 15, 2015 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis discussed in a new interview topics ranging from his reasons for canonizing the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, to his thoughts on whether there could be life on other planets. The interview with French journalist Caroline Pigozzi of Paris Match was conducted in Italian, and published in both Italian and French Oct. 15. Pigozzi is known for making the Pope's eyes light up in January when on board his flight to the … [Read more...]

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‘It’s truly a miracle’ – kidnapped Syrian priest escapes from Islamic State

Homs, Syria, Oct 15, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Syrian priest who was captured by Islamic State militants in May thought he would die for his faith. Now, he credits the Virgin Mary and the help of a Muslim friend for his escape. “This is the miracle the Good Lord gave me: while I was a prisoner I was waiting for the day I would die, but with a great inner peace. I had no problem dying for the name of Our Lord; I wouldn't be the first or the last, just one of the thousands … [Read more...]

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