Vatican archives shed light on tragedy of Armenian genocide

Vatican City, Mar 20, 2015 / 11:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of Pope Francis’ Mass commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, newly released historic documents confirm the Holy See’s broad commitment to helping the Armenian people at a time when few others would. The Italian Jesuit-run magazine La Civiltà Cattolica stressed that newly published documents “prove how the Holy See, always informed about events, had not remained passive, but was … [Read more...]

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Pope accepts disgraced Scottish prelate’s resignation from cardinal status

Vatican City, Mar 20, 2015 / 05:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a rare move, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of disgraced Scottish Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien from the rights and duties of a cardinal, the Vatican announced on Friday. “As most people are aware, Pope Francis is a good and prayerful man whose character embodies justice and mercy. I am confident therefore that the decision of the Holy Father is fair, equitable and proportionate,” Archbishop Leo Cushley of … [Read more...]

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An 11,000-mile pilgrimage to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia

Rome, Italy, Mar 20, 2015 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- How far would you travel to see the Pope? For one family in Argentina, seven months and 11,000 miles is a small price to pay for the chance to celebrate the World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis in September. “The family is everything and we want to say it,” Noelle Zemborain, a mother of four, told CNA. She acknowledged that families face many “difficult situations,” including meeting monthly expenses. … [Read more...]

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Dante’s biggest fans? The ‘poet of popes’ and his legacy at the Vatican

Rome, Italy, Mar 20, 2015 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With this year marking the 750th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s birth, the Vatican is taking a closer look the author of the Italian masterpiece, the Divine Comedy, and his impact upon the popes of the 20th century. “Dante is a universal poet for all people and all times,” according to a Mar. 17 article by L'Osservatore Romano which expounds upon the estimation which Paul VI, along with his predecessor Benedict XV, … [Read more...]

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Presbyterian critics: community’s ‘gay marriage’ vote ignores Christian consensus

Louisville, Ky., Mar 19, 2015 / 05:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A majority of presbyteries in the Presbyterian Church (USA) have voted to redefine marriage, but one Presbyterian group warned that the denomination is “capitulating to the culture.” “By approving this change we are disregarding the clear teaching of Scripture, the wisdom of those who have lived and died for the faith before us, and the continuing consensus of the contemporary church around the world. To do this is … [Read more...]

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With laws set to threaten religious liberty in DC, Senate is last legal hope

Washington D.C., Mar 19, 2015 / 05:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With religious freedom under assault in the U.S. capital, the Archdiocese of Washington is rallying behind its “only legislative recourse” left. The archdiocese announced its support of “two resolutions disapproving the unprecedented attack on religious freedom” in the District of Columbia. It was joined by a number of religious and pro-life groups in its support of the resolutions, which were introduced by … [Read more...]

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Automatic excommunication for bishop over illicit ordination

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mar 19, 2015 / 02:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After having his previous excommunication lifted in 2009, Bishop Richard Williamson has again incurred the canonical penalty upon illicitly ordaining another priest as bishop on March 19. Bishop Williamson was one of four priests who were consecrated bishops without pontifical mandate by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1988; all five incurred a 'latae sententiae', or automatic, excommunication, which was removed by … [Read more...]

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