Catholics in Holy Land aggrieved by arson attack on monastery in Israel

Jerusalem, Israel, Jun 19, 2015 / 11:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic leaders have been joined by Israeli leaders in their concerned reaction to Thursday's attack on a church located on the Sea of Galilee, which has hospitalized two persons and caused extensive damage. In the early hours of June 18, the attackers started a fire at the Church of the Multiplication in Tabgha, located 120 miles north of Jerusalem. The church is built on the site where Christ fed the 5,000 through the … [Read more...]

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Summorum Pontificum Conference celebrates Benedict XVI’s liturgical legacy

Rome, Italy, Jun 19, 2015 / 07:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The fourth annual Summorum Pontificum Conference was held last Saturday in Rome to promote the understanding and use of the extraordinary form of the Roman rite, and to discuss the liturgical heritage of Benedict XVI. Benedict issued the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum in 2007, acknowledging clearly the right of all priests of the Roman rite to say Mass using the Roman Missal of 1962 – the form of the Mass used prior to the reforms … [Read more...]

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Will Pope Francis change the date of Easter?

Vatican City, Jun 19, 2015 / 03:53 am (CNA).- Speaking to a global gathering of priests, Pope Francis signaled an openness to changing the date of Easter in the West so that all Christians around the world could celebrate the feast on the same day. The Pope on June 12 said “we have to come to an agreement” for a common date on Easter.   His comments came in remarks to the World Retreat of Priests at the Basilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome. The event drew priests from … [Read more...]

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The first encyclical wholly from Francis overturns expectations

Vatican City, Jun 19, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 'Laudato si' is not only an example of the Magisterium's social teaching: it also represents the birth of a new literary genre among papal documents. Normally in the modern epoch, Popes have included in encyclicals doctrinal themes. But 'Laudato si' is not a doctrinal text -- it is rather a pastoral letter based on the classical Latin American method: see, judge, act. Pope Francis begins his encyclical by inviting … [Read more...]

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Saint Francis and his star role in the Pope’s new encyclical

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2015 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' new encyclical is filled with references to his namesake, whom the Pope says is a model of how an integral ecology goes beyond matters of science and leads humanity to find God in creation. “I believe that Saint Francis is the example par excellence of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived out joyfully and authentically,” the Pope wrote. The saint, he said, “helps us to see that … [Read more...]

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Vatican: Encyclical aims to promote common good, not take sides

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2015 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's presentation of Pope Francis' new encyclical said the intent behind the document goes beyond political debates, aiming for something more essential: the well-being of all creation. At the June 18 launch of the highly-anticipated encyclical “Laudato Si,” Cardinal Peter Turkson acknowledged a critique that the Church is taking sides on scientifically still-debatable topics such as global warming, … [Read more...]

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Vatican: Encyclical aims to promote common good, not take sides

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2015 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's presentation of Pope Francis' new encyclical said the intent behind the document goes beyond political debates, aiming for something more essential: the well-being of all creation. At the June 18 launch of the highly-anticipated encyclical “Laudato Si,” Cardinal Peter Turkson acknowledged a critique that the Church is taking sides on scientifically still-debatable topics such as global warming, … [Read more...]

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