Cardinal Pell: I was not a part of Church’s ‘indefensible’ cover up

Vatican City, Feb 29, 2016 / 09:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the first day of his video testimony to Australia's Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sex abuse cases, Cardinal George Pell said that while the Church has made “enormous mistakes” in the handling of abuse cases, he had no role in covering them up.“Let me just say this as an initial clarification: I'm not here to defend the indefensible,” Cardinal Pell said during the … [Read more...]

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Behold, Catholic beard balm (yes, it’s a thing)

Seattle, Wash., Feb 28, 2016 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- What do you do with an excess of chrism and a plethora of Catholic men with beards?Tony Vasinda, a director of faith formation at a Catholic parish in Seattle, Wash., was faced with that dilemma two years ago when he ordered some of the fragrant, liturgical oil for his confirmation students.“I love it when people can actually engage with the materials of the sacrament in advance, so I wanted to have some non-blessed chrism we could use … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: It’s never too late for conversion

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2016 / 06:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- God's patience towards sinners is without limit, yet the time for conversion is now, Pope Francis said during his Sunday Angelus address at the Vatican.“It is never too late to convert, but it is urgent, it is now! Let us begin today,” said the Pope Feb. 28 to the crowds in St. Peter's Square.Delivering his remarks before leading those present in the Marian prayer, the Pope spoke on Jesus' “invincible … [Read more...]

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Hope for Mexico: one bishop’s reflection on the papal visit

Rome, Italy, Feb 27, 2016 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, Pope Francis had a simple message to tell the people of Mexico: “you are not forgotten.”Bishop Cantú, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ committee on international justice and peace, said the Pope’s visit showed Mexico “that the Holy Father cares about you, and that God is with us even in difficult moments, even in the darkness of life.”He was one of two … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis prayed at Vatican employee’s coffin before meeting new president of Argentina

Vatican City, Feb 27, 2016 / 10:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Before meeting with the president of Argentina Saturday, Pope Francis stopped by the funeral of Miriam Wuolou, a Vatican employee who died last week along with her unborn child, to pray and leave a bouquet of white roses.“Before the celebration the Holy Father went into the church to stand in prayer and in memory of the deceased, demonstrating his affection and his respect,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ said Feb. … [Read more...]

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Is a Catholic concept of mercy at the heart of true Islam?

Vatican City, Feb 27, 2016 / 09:23 am (CNA).- Professor Saeed Khan, an expert in Islam, has said that mercy is central to the Muslim faith – a mercy with roots in Catholicism and which is opposed to the misguided, fundamentalist interpretations of some extremist groups. Mercy is “the core of Islam,” Saeed Khan told CNA in a Feb. 25 interview, adding that the Muslim concept of mercy “is actually an expansion of Catholic notions of mercy.”While the … [Read more...]

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You can’t get last rites if you plan to kill yourself, says Canadian archbishop

Ottawa, Canada, Feb 27, 2016 / 06:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Legal assisted suicide will soon arrive in Canada, prompting a Catholic archbishop to reflect on what the last rites mean for those who want to kill themselves.Priests should work to dissuade people who request assisted suicide, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa said. Priests should pray with these people and their families. However, someone who requests assisted suicide doesn’t have the right disposition to receive … [Read more...]

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