What does it mean to be a bishop – and a Vatican diplomat?

Vatican City, Mar 24, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Archbishop Peter Wells, the Pope’s new ambassador to South Africa, being in the diplomatic service of the Holy See isn’t about politics or governing,  but is  above all a ministry centered on Jesus Christ.“At the end of the day what is papal diplomacy? What does it mean to be a papal diplomat? It’s about one thing at the end of the day: Jesus Christ. That’s it,” Archbishop Wells told CNA … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis will speak on the synod soon. But the spin has already begun.

Vatican City, Mar 23, 2016 / 05:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The war of interpretations has begun over Pope Francis’ yet-to-be-published post-synodal exhortation. And this war is taking place in the press.Three articles published in the past week in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano and in two prominent Italian newspapers presented differing views of the document. The papal document will summarize the Synod on the Family, held in October 2015 amid controversies and rumor.If … [Read more...]

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Gunmen kill Congolese priest who reported on atrocities

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mar 23, 2016 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Congolese Catholic priest who documented human rights abuses in his home country was killed by armed gunmen early Monday morning.Father Vincent Machozi Karunzu was murdered March 21 by armed militants in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the procurator general of the Augustinians of the Assumption said in a message.The 51-year-old priest was visiting his family in the village of … [Read more...]

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Let them serve: Hundreds outside court back Little Sisters

Washington D.C., Mar 23, 2016 / 04:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of people – many of them women – joined religious sisters outside of the Supreme Court on Wednesday chanting “Let them Serve! Let them Serve!” The protesters came to support the Little Sisters of the Poor and other plaintiffs arguing that they should not be forced to choose between bankruptcy-inducing fines and violating their religious beliefs, through the demands of the federal contraception … [Read more...]

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Divided Supreme Court hears Little Sisters’ case

Washington D.C., Mar 23, 2016 / 02:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious charities should be free to carry out their ministries without having to violate their religious beliefs, plaintiffs argued at the Supreme Court on Wednesday. “This morning we heard the justices of the Supreme Court comment on the fact that members of many minority religions across the country have stood with the Little Sisters of the Poor, asking the government to do the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis observes moment of silence for Belgium attack victims

Vatican City, Mar 23, 2016 / 07:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience the day after terrorist attacks in Belgium claimed the lives of at least 30 people and injured 230 more, Pope Francis led pilgrims in a moment of silent prayer for the victims and their families.“With a sorrowful heart I have followed the sad news of the terrorist attacks which took place yesterday in Brussels, and which caused numerous victims and wounded,” the Pope said March 23.Assuring his prayer … [Read more...]

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Canada’s ‘commit life’ campaign fights suicide with message of hope

Edmonton, Canada, Mar 23, 2016 / 06:15 am (CNA).- A new campaign in Canada aims to reach those who are vulnerable to self-harm or suicide by telling the stories of people who have learned to live despite pain and suffering.“I need to fight to deal with the pain. But I know that my life has meaning,” said Lisa Daniels in a video from the Canada-based Every Life Matters campaign. The woman, from the city of St. Alberta in Alberta province, suffers from several painful conditions and … [Read more...]

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