Spanish film brings story of ‘Three Rebel Monks’ to life

Madrid, Spain, Apr 23, 2015 / 12:25 am (CNA).- A group of young adults in Spain are bringing to the big screen a novel about the renewal of the Cistercian Order by three saints who strove to recover the poverty, simplicity and austerity of the early monastic era. “Three Rebel Monks” tells the story of Saint Robert of Molesmes, Saint Albéric, and Saint Stephen Harding, who overcame the challenges of monasteries that resisted their efforts. The film is an adaptation of the … [Read more...]

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For Malawi bishops, a new vision to promote excellence in Catholic schools

Lilongwe, Malawi, Apr 22, 2015 / 08:27 pm (CNA).- The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malawi has launched a new national education policy to promote the education of Catholics and to improve the quality of schools in the country. Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga, who chairs the Malawi bishops’ education commission, said the Church wants to “keep up with the standards” of changing times. The policy aims to “offer direction” to those who manage Catholic … [Read more...]

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Is dialogue with Islam possible? Yes, and it’s needed now more than ever, Vatican says

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2015 / 12:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid continued violence by ISIS and other militant Islamist groups, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue issued a declaration stressing that dialogue with Islam must be sought “now more than ever.” The council emphasized that “killing in the name of a religion offends God, but it is also a defeat for humanity.” The declaration was released April 22, and is the second of its kind issued by the … [Read more...]

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Men and women complete each other – there’s no other option, Pope says

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2015 / 11:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said Wednesday that marriage is a vocation all believers are called to defend, specifically in terms of the complementarity of the union between a man and a woman. In the account of creation, “man appears for a moment without woman, free and master, but he is alone, he feels alone,” the Pope told attendees of his April 22 general audience. “God himself recognizes that this reality is not good, that there … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to Cuba: it’s official!

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2015 / 06:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. confirmed to journalists today that Pope Francis will make a pastoral stop in Cuba ahead of his September apostolic voyage to the United States.The Vatican spokesman made the announcement to journalists April 22 around 2:15p.m. in the Holy See press office.In an official statement released shortly after, the spokesman said: “I am able to confirm that the Holy Father Francis, having … [Read more...]

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Why no Catholic is exempt from caring about the environment

Washington D.C., Apr 22, 2015 / 04:25 am (CNA).- What does it mean to be truly pro-life? Amid debates over abortion and the death penalty, Catholic ecologists say that one issue is often overlooked in discussions involving human life and dignity – the environment. “Environmental truths are very much linked to and related to human life issues. They’re really one in the same,” said Bill Patenaude, a special lecturer in theology at Providence College and founder of the … [Read more...]

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Rabbi Toaff: Nazi-fighter, inter-religious giant, and one of the few people remembered in JPII’s will

Rome, Italy, Apr 22, 2015 / 12:01 am (CNA).- Rabbi Elio Toaff, the first rabbi to welcome a Pope to a Roman synagogue, died Sunday at the age of 99. Pope Francis remembered him with gratitude, praising him as “a man of peace and dialogue.” The Pope lauded Rome's former Chief Rabbi in his Monday remarks to a delegation from the Conference of European Rabbis. The papal audience was the first for the conference, which represents about 700 religious leaders of many Orthodox Jewish … [Read more...]

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