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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Why one Irish archbishop has a special devotion to the Little Flower family

Rome, Italy, Oct 16, 2015 / 02:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As members of one Martin family are about to be canonized on Sunday, another Martin family prepares to celebrate in Rome. Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, the Primate of All-Ireland, told CNA that his family, who shares the same surname as the Little Flower family, has a special devotion to the Martins, including parents Louis and Zelie, who will be canonized Oct. 18. “In our family, the story of St. Therese is very dear to … [Read more...]

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A tough synod topic: the ‘silent martyrdom’ of incest, abuse in families

Vatican City, Oct 16, 2015 / 11:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Violence, incest and sexual abuse within the family were among the issues addressed by synod fathers in their most recent talks, as well as the Church's role in bringing light to difficult situations. One of the synod bishops specifically referred to “the martyrdom of silence in many families where incest has taken place.” He said that in the midst of the horror of such situations, the Church “has to become the … [Read more...]

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