Hard winter looms for Iraq’s ‘betrayed’ Christian refugees

Erbil, Iraq, Oct 18, 2014 / 04:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite efforts by northern Iraq’s Catholic bishops to ensure that Christians and other refugees can survive the winter, housing shortages and a significant lack of financial support pose serious threats. “The Church is pretty much alone in caring for them; so far the Iraqi government has not done anything for them. The tents of the refugees are set up on parish properties,” said Karin Maria Fenbert, an official with the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ closing synod speech received with standing ovation

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2014 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' address at the conclusion of the Synod on the Family, delivered Saturday, was responded to with a four-minute standing ovation on the part of the bishops attending the Vatican meeting. In the Oct. 18 speech, the Pope thanked the bishops for their efforts, and noted the various temptations that can arise in such a synod setting. He encouraged the bishops to live in the tension, saying that “personally I would be … [Read more...]

A missionary Pope: Cardinal Etchegaray’s memory of Paul VI

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2014 / 03:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Paul VI was a missionary Pope who wished to bring the light of the Gospel all over the world, a cardinal who worked with the late Roman Pontiff, who will be beatified on Sunday, has recalled. Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, 92, vice-dean of the College of Cardinals, had a long term relation with Paul VI, whom he first met during the 1960s. “I was serving as general secretary of the French bishops' conference, and I met the-then … [Read more...]

Synod’s final report shows nuance on homosexuality, remarriage

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2014 / 03:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The synod’s final report, released Saturday, presents substantial changes with respect to the much discussed midterm report, especially regarding homosexual persons and the divorced and remarried. The final report was voted on, paragraph by paragraph, by the synod fathers; and, by Pope Francis' choice, the result of each poll has been publicized, thus showing a glimpse into the synod fathers' thought. Though all the … [Read more...]

Meeting of Pope Francis, Vietnamese minister a key step in restoring ties

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2014 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with Vietnamese prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung Saturday morning, which is a move seen as a important step in strengthening ties between the Vatican and Vietnam. A statement released by the Vatican regarding the Oct. 18 encounter explained that during their “cordial conversations,” the Pope and the prime minister both expressed satisfaction in the meeting’s discussion. Described as “an important … [Read more...]

Synod fathers laud miracle of conjugal love in final message

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2014 / 08:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In their message to the faithful, the synod fathers praised the life-giving love between a man and a woman, which despite many challenges, endures through the grace given by God in the sacrament of marriage. “Such love, of its nature, strives to be forever to the point of laying down one’s life for the beloved. In this light conjugal love, which is unique and indissoluble, endures despite many difficulties,” the Oct. 18 … [Read more...]

Resist ‘hidden euthanasia’ of elderly, Little Sisters stress

Steubenville, Ohio, Oct 18, 2014 / 06:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Receiving an award recognizing their works of service, members of the Little Sisters of the Poor stressed the need for loving attention and care for the elderly, particularly by the youth. “I urge you to fight against the tendency to marginalize and abandon the elderly, to commit what the Pope refers to as ‘hidden euthanasia’,” Sister Constance Veit, the Little Sisters’ U.S. national communications … [Read more...]


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