Escalating Hong Kong tensions prod Catholic call for peace

Hong Kong, China, Oct 2, 2014 / 12:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The archbishop of Hong Kong has urged a peaceful solution to current pro-democracy protests happening there, encouraging both sides to refrain from violence in getting their point across. “With reference to the regrettable events at Central, Admiralty and Wanchai over the past few days, may I sincerely call upon the Hong Kong SAR Government to put the personal safety of fellow citizens as her prime concern,” Cardinal John … [Read more...]

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Faith on Facebook? Author stresses need for ‘digital missionaries’

Boston, Mass., Oct 2, 2014 / 12:23 pm (CNA).- Catholic presence in social media is critical in reaching out to those who are lost or distanced from the Church, said Catholic executive and media expert Scot Landry. “New Media is a great place of encounter,” Landry told CNA in a recent interview. “Pope Francis is calling the Church to reach out to those who are lost in any way. One of the best ways for us to do that today is through being present in new and social media, in … [Read more...]

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Be like children – believe in your guardian angel, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2014 / 07:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily for the Feast of Holy Guardian Angels, Pope Francis told those gathered for daily Mass to be like children who pay attention to their “traveling companion.” The doctrine of the angels, the Holy Father stressed, is not imaginary, but “reality.” Citing what Jesus has said, “I send an angel before you to protect you, to accompany you along the path, so that you do not make … [Read more...]

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‘I can’t find the words to say’ – Pope Francis hails surviving migrants

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a private audience between Pope Francis and the survivors and family members of the 368 migrants who perished in a tragic shipwreck last fall, the pontiff asked the world to be open to those who suffer. “I feel things that I can't tell you because I can't find the words to say them,” the Pope said during the Oct. 1 encounter. “All that you have suffered should be contemplated in silence, crying and looking for … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Pell’s secretariat continues economic reform at the Vatican

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Secretariat for the Economy is developing a financial management manual which is to be the basis of budgeting and accounting operations in 2015 for Vatican agencies. “To support the new budgeting and financial management practices being developed under the supervision of the Council, the Secretariat is preparing a manual of key financial management policies,” read a Sept. 26 internal bulletin from the economy … [Read more...]

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Pro-euthanasia ruling axed due to plaintiff’s secret suicide

Strasbourg, France, Oct 2, 2014 / 12:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A woman’s lawsuit aiming to change European law on assisted suicide has been thrown out after revelations that she had secretly committed suicide three years ago, unbeknownst even to her lawyer. “She was dead one year and a half before the judgment of (a lower court),” Gregor Puppinck of the European Centre for Law and Justice said Sept. 30. “From the facts of the case, we find that the applicant’s … [Read more...]

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Pro-euthanasia ruling axed due to plaintiff’s secret suicide

Strasbourg, France, Oct 2, 2014 / 12:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A woman’s lawsuit aiming to change European law on assisted suicide has been thrown out after revelations that she had secretly committed suicide three years ago, unbeknownst even to her lawyer. “She was dead one year and a half before the judgment of (a lower court),” Gregor Puppinck of the European Centre for Law and Justice said Sept. 30. “From the facts of the case, we find that the applicant’s … [Read more...]

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