Pope Francis ‘angry’ over media slant on women deacons

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2016 / 01:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told journalists on Sunday that he was somewhat angered when reports emerged that the Church was allegedly paving the way for the ordination of women to the diaconate, since no such change is in the works.“The first to be surprised by this news was me,” the Pope said June 26 during an in-flight press briefing en route to Rome following his three-day visit to Armenia.“They said: 'The Church opens the … [Read more...]

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Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion clinic regulations

Washington D.C., Jun 27, 2016 / 08:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This story is developing. Check back soon for updates.On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a 2013 Texas law regulating the safety of abortion clinics, saying in a 5-3 decision that it put an undue burden on a women’s right to an abortion.The case had challenged two Texas regulations of abortion clinics: abortionists must have admitting privileges at a local hospital in case of a medical emergency at their clinic, and clinic … [Read more...]

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Full text: Pope Francis’ inflight press conference from Armenia

Aboard the papal plane, Jun 26, 2016 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his flight from Armenia to Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis gave a press conference to the assembled journalists aboard the papal plane. He reflected on his three-day trip to Armenia, his upcoming trips to Azerbaijan and Poland, the role of the Pope emeritus, Christian unity, and the reformation.He also addressed Brexit, the idea of deaconesses, and how the Church might apologize for unjust discrimination toward homosexual … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis says Church must accompany gays, not discriminate

Aboard the papal plane, Jun 26, 2016 / 03:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a wide-ranging inflight press conference on his way back from Armenia on Sunday, Pope Francis responded to a question on recent comments made by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who said the Church must apologize to homosexual persons for having “marginalized” them.Francis agreed that the Church ought to apologize in cases of discrimination against individuals struggling with same-sex attraction, and referred to the … [Read more...]

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Pope and Armenian Church leader: Crisis in the family caused by secularism

Yerevan, Armenia, Jun 26, 2016 / 05:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a joint declaration signed Sunday, Pope Francis and Catholicos Karekin II expressed their shared belief that, when the family is no longer seen as sacred, it falls into crisis.“The secularization of large sectors of society, its alienation from the spiritual and divine, leads inevitably to a desacralized and materialistic vision of man and the human family,” the June 26 declaration said. “In this respect we are … [Read more...]

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How to not be a ‘beige Catholic,’ according to Bishop Barron

Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2016 / 05:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in America today need to find ways to engage the culture with truth, and avoid “beige Catholicism” that seeks to be dominated by the culture, Bishop Robert Barron said Thursday.“Beige Catholicism,” the bishop said, is the “dominance of the prevailing culture over Catholicism,” where Catholics are “too culturally accommodating” and “excessively apologetic.”Bishop … [Read more...]

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Pope to Catholicos Karekin II: ‘We have embraced as brothers’

Yerevan, Armenia, Jun 26, 2016 / 01:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis reiterated his desire for full communion with the Armenian Apostolic Church during its divine liturgy on Sunday, the final major event of his three-day visit to the Caucasus nation.Delivering his address after the homily of Catholicos Karekin II, who presided over the liturgy, the Pope also asked the supreme leader of the Armenian Apostolic Church to bless him, the Catholic Church, and “this our path towards full … [Read more...]

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