Pope Francis to Cuba? It’s not official, but possible, Vatican says

Vatican City, Apr 17, 2015 / 03:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See Press Office confirmed today that Pope Francis is considering a possible stop in Cuba as part as his trip to United States, which is scheduled to take place in September.   “The Holy Father has taken into consideration the idea to stop in Cuba as part of his coming voyage to the United States,” an April 17 press release from the Vatican revealed. However, the release clarified that “contact with the … [Read more...]

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How much time does it take to reform the Vatican? A lot

Vatican City, Apr 17, 2015 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Already two years into the reform process of the Roman Curia, progress might seem slow. But cardinals on the Pope's advisory council say efforts – which may soon include new “super” congregations – are moving forward at a normal pace. “Reform will take time,” stressed Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga April 15. Cardinal Maradiaga is part of the nine-member Council of Cardinal … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to honor Junipero Serra at American seminary in Rome

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2015 / 10:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Since Pope Francis won’t make it to California for the canonization of its great evangelizer, he will join a celebration at Rome’s American seminary to honor the soon-to-be saint and encourage devotion to him. The Pope will be the guest of honor at a May 2 day of prayer and reflection on the life of Bl. Junipero Serra, set to be held at the  Pontifical North American College, according to the program sent out with … [Read more...]

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Getting married? Want to stay married? These Catholics can help

Denver, Colo., Apr 16, 2015 / 03:51 pm (CNA).- With Christian marriages facing obstacles from pornography and infidelity to self-centeredness and divorce, what are faithful Catholics to do? First, learn what love – the heart of marriage – really means, said a group of lay Catholics and theologians who have produced a marriage prep video series. “Many married couples don’t know what love really is. They don’t know how to love. They don’t know what … [Read more...]

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On 88th birthday, Benedict XVI lauded for emphasis on mercy

Rome, Italy, Apr 16, 2015 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican official charged with organizing the upcoming Jubilee for Mercy says the topic was the “heart” of Benedict XVI’s pontificate, due to the emphasis he placed on love, which is lived out in mercy. “We cannot forget that Pope Benedict, his first encyclical was Deus Caritas Est (God is Love). That means the center, the heart of his pontificate was put in the light of love, and love and mercy are the … [Read more...]

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American Sisters accept Vatican reforms on doctrine, theology

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2015 / 04:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a joint report marking the conclusion of a multi-year mandate for reform, members of the LCWR have agreed to corrections called for by the Vatican, and said they will continue on the path of dialogue. “We are pleased at the completion of the mandate, which involved long and challenging exchanges of our understandings of and perspectives on critical matters of Religious Life and its practice,” Sr. Sharon Holland, IHM, … [Read more...]

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The new celibacy? How porn may be destroying the impetus for sex

Denver, Colo., Apr 16, 2015 / 04:04 am (CNA).- One of music artist John Mayer's most signature songs is “Daughters,” a sweet and simple tribute to the importance of parents' influence on their little girls. Here's the refrain: “So fathers, be good to your daughters, Daughters will love like you do. Girls become lovers who turn into mothers, So mothers, be good to your daughters too.” But when John Mayer isn't crooning about your beautiful daughters, … [Read more...]

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