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Benedict XVI unwell since visit to Germany
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 10:55 am
Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is sick with a bacterial infection and "very frail," according to a German newspaper report.
Holy See-China agreement draws criticism from US religious freedom advocates
Mon, Oct 1st 2018 10:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - The Holy See's provisional agreement with China on the appointment of bishops has drawn criticism from some U.S. religious freedom leaders, who contend that it concedes too much to power to the government and undermines efforts to protect other suffering religious groups.
Pope Francis letter calls entire Church to pray and fast after clerical sex abuse revelations
Mon, Aug 20th 2018 09:30 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis called Monday for every member of the Catholic Church to pray and fast in penance for the evil of clerical sex abuse, and to be involved in needed change within the Church.
Can Pope Francis' Council of Cardinals still deliver on reform?
Wed, Aug 8th 2018 01:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA) - By most accounts, Pope Francis was elected with a mandate to reform the Roman Curia- the complex network of dicasteries, commissions, and councils charged with the central administrative work of the Catholic Church- a network that, even to insiders and experts, more often resembles a rabbit warren than a well-defined system of governable offices with clear responsibilities.
Vatican changes Catechism teaching on death penalty, calls it 'inadmissible'
Thu, Aug 2nd 2018 12:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - The Vatican changed on Thursday the Catechism of the Catholic Church's teaching on the permissibility of the death penalty, which the Church has taught is legitimate in limited cases, stating the penalty is 'inadmissible,' and its elimination should be sought.
Papal aides say prosperity gospel is distorted take on the 'American Dream'
Fri, Jul 20th 2018 03:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA) - After publishing a highly controversial essay in July 2017 alleging the existence of an "ecumenism of hate" between Catholics and Evangelicals in the U.S., close papal confidantes Father Antonio Spadaro, SJ, and Marcelo Figueroa in a new article issue a scathing critique of the "prosperity gospel," which they say is based on a reductionist view of the American Dream.
Despite reports, Pope Francis isn't opening the door to all married priests
Mon, Nov 6th 2017 04:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis has reportedly said he will allow for debate as to whether married men could be ordained to the priesthood in the region during a 2019 Synod of Bishops focusing on the Church in the Amazon basin.
Cardinal Pell to take leave while facing abuse charges in Australia
Thu, Jun 29th 2017 12:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - After Australian police announced that they have charged him on multiple counts of sexual abuse, Cardinal George Pell has maintained his innocence, saying he will take leave from his responsibilities in the Vatican to clear his name.
On first World Day of the Poor, Pope encourages personal encounter
Tue, Jun 13th 2017 11:35 am
Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News)- In his message for the first World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis said that the suffering and broken bodies of the poor are where we encounter the body of Christ - and to know Christ we must know the poor.
Pope Francis, Trump hold landmark first meeting
Wed, May 24th 2017 09:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - After months of anticipation, Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump finally met at the Vatican Wednesday in a friendly encounter which included an emphasis on protection of life and freedom of conscience.
Who is Callista Gingrich? The woman set to be the new Vatican ambassador
Wed, May 17th 2017 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - President Donald Trump has chosen Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, according to reports.
Pope on Easter: The Resurrection is more than a party - it's the source of eternal life
Mon, Apr 17th 2017 09:50 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis reminded Christians on Easter Sunday that the Resurrection is the cornerstone of our faith - and that even in the face of unexplainable tragedy and suffering in the world, we can declare, "Christ is risen!"
Pope prays for victims of attack on Coptic church in Egypt
Wed, Apr 12th 2017 01:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - After a bomb blast killed over 20 people and wounded several others during Palm Sunday celebrations in Egypt, Pope Francis voiced his closeness to the Coptic nation, and prayed for those who perpetrate violence through the arms trade.
Vatican reaffirms teaching on cremation, burial of remains
Fri, Mar 24th 2017 10:00 am
New instructions published by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith reaffirm teaching that the Church is not opposed to cremation, while continuing to recommend that the cremated remains of the deceased be buried in Catholic cemeteries or other sacred spaces.
Pope Francis has a special message this Lent, and here it is
Thu, Mar 2nd 2017 12:35 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - In his message for Lent 2017, Pope Francis reminded the faithful that they should heed the Scriptures and treat each human person they encounter as a gift.
Did you know Mother Teresa experienced visions of Jesus?
Thu, Feb 16th 2017 01:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Even her friend of more than 30 years, Father Sebastian Vazhakala, did not know Mother Teresa had conversations with and visions of Jesus before forming the Missionaries of Charity.
Pope Francis: Jesus was concerned with people, not popularity
Wed, Feb 1st 2017 09:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Jesus wasn't worried about his polling results, Pope Francis said Tuesday - instead, he was concerned with each and every person, seeing everything about them, even those things which were seemingly small or inconsequential.
Trusting in God means letting go of what we want, pope says
Thu, Jan 26th 2017 11:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - On Wednesday Pope Francis said having total faith and trust in God means recognizing that he always knows and wants what is best for us, even if it's hard to accept because it doesn't align with our own plans.
Pope Francis: having an abortion to keep your figure is a big problem
Fri, Jan 13th 2017 02:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - On Wednesday Pope Francis issued strong words against worshipping idols, cautioning against the false hope that beauty, wealth and power can give, but which lead a person to trust in empty promises rather than in the Lord.
McDonald's near Vatican opens to mixed reactions
Thu, Jan 5th 2017 12:00 pm
ROME, ITALY (CNA/EWTN News) - Last week's opening of a McDonald's in a Vatican-owned property just around the corner from St. Peter's Square has been both welcomed and decried by Rome's locals.
Pope kicks off new year renewing 'zero tolerance' policy on abuse
Tue, Jan 3rd 2017 02:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - In a letter sent to bishops around the world for the feast of the Holy Innocents, Pope Francis lamented the many children who suffer from war, slavery and various forms of abuse, including within the Church.
Pope accepts resignation of Bishop of Cleveland
Wed, Dec 28th 2016 08:00 am
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Richard G. Lennon from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Cleveland and has named Bishop Daniel E. Thomas of Toledo as the Apostolic Administrator of the diocese until the installation of a new bishop.
This is how Pope Francis will celebrate his 80th birthday
Sat, Dec 17th 2016 02:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - On Saturday, Dec. 17, Pope Francis will celebrate his 80th birthday, which he will spend doing what he normally does: offering Mass and meeting with various heads of State and members of the Roman Curia.
Pope Francis prays for Aleppo, victims of recent terrorist attacks
Thu, Dec 15th 2016 03:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - During the Angelus for the third Sunday of Advent, also called Gaudete Sunday, Pope Francis made a special appeal for prayers for the people of Aleppo and Syria, and for all those affected by the recent terrorist attacks which have taken place in places such as Turkey and Egypt.
Here's what Pope Francis is doing for Christmas
Wed, Nov 30th 2016 11:50 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - While signs of bustling pilgrims who came for the Jubilee of Mercy are mostly gone, new signs of Christmas are springing up around St. Peter's Basilica, including the construction of the large Nativity scene in the middle of the square, and the placement of a Christmas tree alongside it.
Vatican prays Trump presidency will promote peace amid conflict
Wed, Nov 9th 2016 10:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - After Donald Trump pulled off what was for many a surprising victory in the United States election, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin offered his prayers that the new president-elect would promote peace in a world torn by conflict.
Vatican: Cremated bodies may not be scattered
Wed, Oct 26th 2016 11:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released an instruction Tuesday regarding burial and cremation, reiterating the Church's teaching that cremation, while strongly discouraged, can be permissible under certain restrictions - and that scattering the ashes is forbidden.
God's mercy overcomes human desperation, Pope Francis says
Thu, Sep 29th 2016 10:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - On Wednesday Pope Francis said that Jesus' salvific mission reaches its culmination on the Cross in his conversation with the two thieves crucified with him, showing that God's mercy goes beyond the desperation of human suffering, responding to it with mercy and forgiveness.
The Vatican is changing how it verifies miracles
Mon, Sep 26th 2016 10:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Changes to the regulations for confirming alleged miracles during the causes of saints aim to preserve the scientific rigor of the examination and maintain its distinction from matters of theology, it was announced Friday.
Pope Francis condemns 'inexcusable violence' in murder of Mexican priests
Thu, Sep 22nd 2016 08:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - After hearing of the murder of two priests in Mexico, Pope Francis sent a telegram to the country's bishops condemning the violent act, offering his prayers as a sign of closeness to the community and families affected.
Mother Teresa has officially been declared a saint!
Sun, Sep 4th 2016 12:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis on Sunday officially declared Mother Teresa of Calcutta a saint of the Catholic Church in front of thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter's Square - a move the entire world has been waiting for.
Pope Francis is ready for WYD ... Are you?
Thu, Jul 21st 2016 03:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Even though World Youth Day doesn't start until next week, thousands of pilgrims from throughout the world are already descending on Krakow ahead of the official event.
As reforms roll out, Pope Francis proves a man of his word
Mon, Jul 18th 2016 02:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Several recent appointments by Pope Francis to Vatican departments show that his reform of the Roman Curia is in tune with what he's said from the beginning about his vision for the Church.
Vatican condemns Nice attack as 'homicidal madness'
Fri, Jul 15th 2016 01:00 pm
After a truck plowed through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice, killing 84, Pope Francis voiced his sorrow for the act of "blind violence," and assured the French people of his prayers.
Pope Francis mourns victims of 'heinous' attack on Istanbul airport
Thu, Jun 30th 2016 08:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - During his Angelus address Wednesday Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of Tuesday's deadly attack on an Istanbul airport, asking that God would convert the hearts of those who choose violence.
Benedict XVI to Francis: 'Your goodness is a place where I feel protected'
Tue, Jun 28th 2016 02:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - On Tuesday, Benedict XVI gave his second public speech since his final day as Pope, expressing gratitude for a lengthy priesthood and for Pope Francis' "goodness," which he said moves him deeply.
How can disabled persons be more integrated into the Church?
Tue, Jun 21st 2016 01:00 pm
ROME, ITALY (CNA/EWTN News) - A Vatican conference dedicated to the up-and-coming 'theology of disability' aims not only to end common stigma surrounding persons with disabilities, but to show that their lives are a gift and to help integrate them more fully into the life of the Church and of society.
Pope horrified by deadly attack in Orlando
Mon, Jun 13th 2016 09:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis has offered his prayers and compassion for those affected by Saturday night's shooting at a nightclub in Orlando.
Pope Francis says he's open to studying the female diaconate
Thu, May 12th 2016 02:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - On Thursday Pope Francis said he would be open to the idea of forming a commission to study the historical context of the female diaconate, as well as the possibility of women serving as deacons today.
No doctrine change from Pope Francis, but a call for better pastoral care
Fri, Apr 8th 2016 11:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Catholics who have divorced-and-remarried need the fullness of Church teaching. They also need a wise pastoral and community response to their difficulties that can help them grow in the Christian life, Pope Francis said on Friday in his new document on love in the family.