Pope Francis prays with Benedict XVI before World Youth Day

Vatican City, Jul 19, 2013 / 10:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with former pontiff Benedict XVI today to pray for his trip to Brazil and for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro next week. The Pope also brought Benedict XVI the itinerary of his journey so that he could participate spiritually as well as follow the live broadcast of the event. Pope Francis visited Benedict shortly after 4:00 p.m. local time at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery, where the former Pope moved to live just a … [Read more...]

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Women with prostitution charges find compassion, new start

Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 19, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA).- A Philadelphia treatment court has been praised for offering hope and healing to women seeking to change their lives after being repeatedly charged with prostitution offenses. “I think its a tremendously helpful approach,” author and speaker Dawn Eden told CNA in a July 11 interview. “When I heard the graduates give their stories, stories of healing and hope, I really felt the presence of God in the room.” Eden … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ shadow: Monsignor Pedacchio Leaniz

Vatican City, Jul 19, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- Pope Francis now counts on the discreet presence of his new, 49-year-old Argentinean secretary, Msgr. Fabiàn Pedacchio Leaniz. “I want to keep a low profile,” Pope Francis' second secretary told CNA in a June 27 conversation. “I’m doing my best to attend to the Holy Father, without revealing anything of Pope Francis private life.” Msgr. Fabiàn Edgardo Marcelo Pedacchio Leaniz leaned out the … [Read more...]

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Black pastors call for peace amid Trayvon Martin protests

Memphis, Tenn., Jul 19, 2013 / 12:08 am (CNA).- Reacting to the protests and scattered violence in response to the verdict in the Florida trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, a group of black Christian ministers has called for peace.“The black community knows that our civil rights were won through peace, not violence,” said Protestant minister Rev. William Owens, president of the Tennessee-based Coalition for African American … [Read more...]

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New Vatican bank official reportedly part of ‘gay lobby’

Vatican City, Jul 18, 2013 / 05:10 pm (CNA).- The priest appointed last month as an interim prelate of the so-called Vatican Bank is associated with the “gay lobby” at the Holy See, according to an article by analyst Sandro Magister released today. Magister's column for L'Espresso recounts that Monsignor Battista Mario Salvatore Ricca, who was appointed temporary prelate of the Institute for Works of Religion June 15, had a relationship with another man – the … [Read more...]

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Indulgences not a ‘magical formula,’ canon lawyer explains

Lincoln, Neb., Jul 18, 2013 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In contrast with media reports of “time off of purgatory” for Pope Francis' Twitter followers, a canon lawyer says indulgences are a way that the Church encourages Christians to prayer. “Because the Church has the spiritual authority that Christ has given it, the Church can invite us to particularly sanctifying moments and particularly sanctifying opportunities,” JD Flynn, special assistant to Bishop James … [Read more...]

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John Paul II film festival seeks movies ‘that inspire’

Miami, Fla., Jul 18, 2013 / 04:37 pm (CNA).- Preparing for its fourth event in recent years, a Florida-based international film festival named for Pope John Paul II is looking for submissions that witness to society through compelling beauty and inspiring art.“John Paul II’s emphasis on The New Evangelization recognized the power in the medium of cinema and this festival speaks to his legacy,” said Frank William Brennan, the festival’s director of film … [Read more...]

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