Holy See expresses cautious support for UN development goals

Washington D.C., Sep 4, 2015 / 04:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See on Tuesday expressed its “strong support” for the 2030 United Nations development agenda, but added it has “firm reservations” about some items in the agenda document. “This Agenda is a clear sign that, in spite of differences in some areas, the international community has come together and affirmed its commitment to eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions and to ensure that all … [Read more...]

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Five federal judges rebuke court: don’t tell the Little Sisters how to be Catholic

Denver, Colo., Sep 4, 2015 / 03:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an unusual move, five federal judges have said their court should have given greater attention to the Little Sisters of the Poor’s religious freedom lawsuit against an Obama administration mandate that requires them to violate their Catholic beliefs, or face heavy fines. “When a law demands that a person do something the person considers sinful, and the penalty for refusal is a large financial penalty, then the law imposes … [Read more...]

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Doctrine and pastoral care go hand-in-hand, Pope Francis reminds theologians

Vatican City, Sep 4, 2015 / 12:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church's teaching and her pastoral ministry are not opposed, Pope Francis said in a video message on Thursday, even though this false dichotomy is frequently made. “Not infrequently an opposition between theology and pastoral ministry emerges, as if they were two opposite, separate realities that had nothing to do with each other,” he said Sept. 3 to the International Theological Congress. “False opposition is … [Read more...]

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Blessed Junipero Serra’s cross gets a kiss from Pope Francis

Vatican City, Sep 4, 2015 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Wednesday kissed and blessed a cross that was buried with Father Junipero Serra, the early California missionary whom he will canonize during his U.S. visit later this month. When Father Junipero Serra’s tomb was opened in 1943 to exhume the Franciscan priest’s body, a cross was found on his chest. Members of the Catholic Church Extension Society brought the relic to the Vatican for the Pope’s Sept. 2 general audience, and pr … [Read more...]

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Who’s behind the mysterious Eye of the Tiber?

Denver, Colo., Sep 25, 2016 / 03:45 am (CNA).- If you’re a Catholic on Facebook, or the internet in general, chances are SC Naoum has made you laugh. Or he’s made you angry.If he’s done his job the way he wants, he’s done both.Naoum is the man, the myth, the legend behind the Catholic satire site, Eye of the Tiber. Catholic News Agency had a chance to sit down with the Californian writer and professional smart aleck to talk inspiration, excommunication (well, his … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to Israeli president: ‘the challenge is to unite’

Vatican City, Sep 4, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis held an audience with Israeli president Reuven Rivlin on Thursday, where they exchanged gifts and discussed efforts to secure peace and to address the plight of Middle East Christians.   Pope Francis gave the Israeli president a new bronze medal at the Sept. 3 audience. On the medal was a depiction of a rock split into two parts, but joined by an olive tree. The medal bore the words: “Search for what unites. … [Read more...]

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Trump’s immigration plan undermines American identity, Archbishop Chaput says

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 3, 2015 / 05:32 pm (CNA).- Caught between poverty and violence in their homelands and deportation in the U.S., immigrants face a plight that cannot be ignored by Christians, said Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. He pointed to a proposal by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as particularly problematic. “As Christians, our faith obligates us to protect migrant families,” he said Sept. 1. “The duty and the privilege of … [Read more...]

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