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  • SSPX head claims pope is encouraging error

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The superior general of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X said Pope Francis, rather than denouncing errors in Catholic doctrine, has "encouraged" them. "The Society of St. Pius X prays and does penance for the pope, that he might have the strength to proclaim Catholic faith and morals in their entirety," said a statement published June 29, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, patron saints of the church of Rome.

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  • Suicide bombers hit predominantly Christian Lebanese village near border

    BEIRUT (CNS) -- Four suicide bombers attacked a predominantly Christian village in northeast Lebanon near the border with Syria, killing five people in addition to themselves. Local news reports stated that the Islamic State group was suspected of the attack in the village of Qaa, which was carried out June 27 around 4 a.m. At least 15 people were injured.

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  • Pope Francis says Church must accompany gays, not discriminate

    Aboard the papal plane, Jun 26, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- In a wide-ranging inflight press conference on his way back from Armenia on Sunday, Pope Francis responded to a question on recent comments made by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who said the Church must apologize to homosexual persons for having “marginalized” them.

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  • 'Hate crime' case against Valencia archbishop thrown out

    Valencia, Spain, Jun 25, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- A judge in Spain has thrown out a “hate crime” case concerning Cardinal Antonio Cañizares of Valencia, Spain, ruling that the cardinal’s homily warning of a “gay empire” is protected by freedom of speech.

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  • Be known for your love, pope tells people of Armenia

    GYUMRI, Armenia (CNS) -- Acts of love and kindness must be a Christian's "calling card," the characteristic that identifies them more than anything, Pope Francis told Catholics in northern Armenia. Traveling June 25 to Gyumri, a city with a significant Catholic population and one still bearing the scars of an earthquake almost three decades ago, Pope Francis once again praised the steadfast faith of the Armenian people.

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  • Never again: Pope prays for Armenian genocide victims, future peace

    YEREVAN, Armenia (CNS) -- In silence and in prayer while a mournful hymn was sung, Pope Francis formally paid tribute to the estimated 1.5 million Armenians killed by Ottoman Turks in 1915-18. Visiting the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial, a monument to the martyrs, Pope Francis wrote in the guestbook, "May God preserve the memory of the Armenian people. Memories should not be watered down or forgotten; memory is a source of peace and of the future."

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  • What Pope Francis says we can learn from the Armenian genocide

    Yerevan, Armenia, Jun 24, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- The catastrophe of the Armenian genocide is a lesson for all humanity, the Pope said on the first day of his visit to Armenia. After arriving at Yerevan’s Presidential Palace on Friday Pope Francis delivered remarks for Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan and other political and civil leaders. He recalled the solemnities in St. Peter’s Basilica last year attended by the president and leading Armenian churchmen including Catholicos Karekin II, head of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

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  • Pope Francis: Europe must ensure peaceful coexistence after Brexit

    Yerevan, Jun 24, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- Pope Francis has said the result of the U.K.’s referendum to leave the European Union reflects the “will of the people” and that there is now a “great responsibility” to ensure the well being of people in the U.K. and peaceful coexistence on continental Europe.

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  • Vatican following case of Chinese Bishop Ma, spokesman says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican said it has had no direct contact with Auxiliary Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin of Shanghai, who apparently wrote a blog post in June that gave many people the impression he had recanted an earlier decision to abandon the Chinese government's Catholic Patriotic Association.

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  • CRS, other agencies helping Iraqis fleeing Fallujah fighting

    LONDON (CNS) -- Catholic Relief Services and other international aid agencies are working with local Christian and Muslim charities to help about 70,000 people fleeing Fallujah, Iraq, as conflict deepens between Islamic State militants and Iraqi forces seeking to regain the beleaguered town in Anbar province.

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  • Unity, honor and hope on pope's agenda for Armenia

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he would travel to Armenia June 24-26 to promote closer bonds with the Armenian Orthodox church, honor the Armenian people's steadfast faith in the face of tragedy and support them in their efforts to build a peaceful future.

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  • Death penalty fosters revenge, not justice, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Use of the death penalty is an unacceptable practice that sows vengeance and does not bring justice to the victims of crime, Pope Francis said. No matter how serious the crime, to kill a convicted person is "an offense to the inviolability of life and to the dignity of the human person," as well as a contradiction of God's plan and "his merciful justice," the pope said June 21 in a video message to participants at the 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty.

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  • Canada is already looking at expanding assisted suicide

    Ontario, Canada, Jun 20, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- Canada’s controversial assisted suicide measure had barely passed Parliament when national leaders discussed the possibility of expanding it to allow doctor-assisted death for minors and the mentally ill.

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  • The curious case of the Lipa Marian apparitions

    Lipa, Philippines, Jun 18, 2016 CNA.- The story of Sister Teresita Castillo and the supposed Marian apparitions of Lipa City, Philippines reads something like a mystery novel. A negative judgement from the Vatican on the apparition most likely drove the visionary nun out of the convent.

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  • Pan-Orthodox Council still a go -- spokesman for Ecumenical Patriarch

    Heraklion, Greece, Jun 17, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- Despite last-minute defections by representatives of four Orthodox Patriarchates, a spokesman for the Ecumenical Patriarch insists that the Council of the Orthodox Churches will still speak for all of Eastern Orthodoxy and will foster Orthodox unity as well.

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  • Pope offers prayers as pan-Orthodox council opens on Crete

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church opened with only 10 of the 14 Orthodox churches represented, Pope Francis offered his prayers. After reciting the Angelus prayer June 19, the pope had thousands of visitors in St. Peter's Square join him in praying a Hail Mary for "all of our Orthodox brothers and sisters."

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  • The world needs Christ more than ever, Pope Francis says

    Vatican City, Jun 19, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- On Sunday Pope Francis said that with a growing sense of emptiness and insecurity gripping the world, Jesus Christ is needed more than ever before, since he alone knows how to answer humanity’s deepest questions.

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  • Christians, Muslims are called to imitate God's mercy, says cardinal

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- God asks Christians and Muslims to be forgiving, merciful and compassionate toward others, especially those in need, said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran. "We are saddened to see so many victims of conflicts and violence," in particular the elderly, children and women, as well as people who suffer from human trafficking, poverty, illness, natural disasters and unemployment, said the cardinal, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

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  • Approach families with respect because God is at work, pope says

    ROME (CNS) -- Like Moses before the burning bush, those talking about the real-life situations of families must take off their sandals because they are standing on holy ground, Pope Francis said. The pastoral care of families requires "a climate of respect capable of helping us listen to what God is saying," the pope said June 16, opening the Diocese of Rome's annual pastoral conference.

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  • Can the Eastern Orthodox still hold a 'pan-Orthodox Council'?

    Istanbul, Turkey, Jun 16, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- While the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople maintains the “pan-Orthodox Council” scheduled to begin on Sunday will take place, the gathering is in disarray after four Eastern Orthodox Churches announced they would not be taking part.

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  • They died for the faith: 115 Spanish Catholics recognized as martyrs

    Vatican City, Jun 15, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- Pope Francis has officially recognized 115 Catholics who were killed during the Spanish Civil War out of hatred of the faith. The newest martyrs are Servants of God José Álvarez Benavides y de la Torre, Spanish dean of the Cathedral Chapter of Almería, and his 114 companions. They were killed between 1936 and 1938 during Spain’s brutal civil war.

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  • Hostility, indifference make us blind to those in need, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Indifference and hostility can blind Christians from recognizing Jesus in those most in need, Pope Francis said. "This indifference and hostility can turn into aggression" toward people often marginalized by society, the pope said June 15 during his weekly general audience.

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  • Extreme poverty is a reality, not a faceless statistic, pope says

    ROME (CNS) -- The key to ending extreme poverty and hunger is to recognize that behind every statistic, there is the face of a person who is suffering, Pope Francis said. "Poverty has a face! It has the face of a child; it has the face of a family; it has the face of people, young and old. It has the face of widespread unemployment and lack of opportunity. It has the face of forced migrations, and of empty or destroyed homes," the pope said June 13 during a visit to the Rome headquarters of the U.N.'s World Food Program.

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  • Vatican: Pope to preside over June consistory for canonizations

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will declare four men and one woman -- Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, a French Discalced Carmelite mystic and writer -- saints at the Vatican Oct. 16. The date was announced June 20 during an "ordinary public consistory," a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process.

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  • Pope horrified by deadly attack in Orlando

    Vatican City, Jun 12, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- Pope Francis has offered his prayers and compassion for those affected by Saturday night's shooting at a nightclub in Orlando. In a June 12 statement Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Holy See press officer, said the “terrible massacre,” which has left a “dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred.”

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  • Vatican pens new contract with global auditing firm

    Vatican City, Jun 10, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- After putting a freeze on their contract with external auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers in April, the Vatican has announced a new agreement with the company, who will now serve as an aide to the Holy See’s own internal auditing entity.

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  • The Holy and Great Council: Pope sending observers to Orthodox meeting

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will send high-level observers to the pan-Orthodox council meeting in Crete as a sign of respect, support and encouragement of the Orthodox Church. The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church was scheduled to open June 19, which is Pentecost on the Julian calendar, and run through June 26.

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  • Vatican, World Youth Day officials release pope's Poland itinerary

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will visit the Nazi death camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau during his visit to Poland for World Youth Day in Krakow. He will also commemorate the 1,050th anniversary of Christianity in Poland, pray at the icon of the "Black Madonna" of Czestochowa, and hear confessions and have lunch with some of the young people attending the youth day gathering.

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  • Water to wine: Jesus ushers in new covenant of joy, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Jesus' first miracle of changing water into wine expresses his invitation to share in the joy of the new covenant and reminds people to do as he commands, Pope Francis said. The miracle also shows how he transformed the law of Moses -- represented by water destined for ritual purification -- into the joy of the Gospel, which is represented by wine, he said.

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  • Iona: Scotland's 'thin place' between earth and heaven

    IONA, Scotland (CNS) -- On the rocky shoreline of this Hebridean island, a rambling gray-stone abbey stands amid wind-tossed purple heather, surrounded by Celtic crosses and ancient earthworks. When the Irish St. Columba settled here with a dozen monks in the sixth century, it was a dangerous, forbidding place, peopled by Pictish tribes and feuding warlords. Today, in peaceful times, it's still a stark setting for religious contemplation.

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  • Schismatic sect in Italy incurs excommunication

    Sora, Italy, Jun 7, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- An Italian sect centered on the worship of an alleged apparition of the Child Jesus which is gathered around the son-in-law of the seer has been found guilty of schism and received a ‘latae sententiae’ excommunication.

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  • Pope names apostolic administrator for Guam archdiocese

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While not removing Archbishop Anthony Apuron of Agana, Guam, Pope Francis named a top Vatican official to serve as apostolic administrator of the archdiocese. Archbishop Apuron, in a statement posted on the archdiocesan website, said he had requested the appointment of an apostolic administrator "pending the investigation of an abuse allegation" against him.

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  • Pope approves new Vatican department for the Laity, Family, and Life

    Vatican City, Jun 4, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- Pope Francis has approved the institution of a new Vatican department dedicated to the family, the laity, and life. According to a set of statutes released Saturday, the new department will promote “the pastoral care of the family, maintain the dignity and basic good of the Sacrament of marriage, favor the rights and responsibilities of the Church in civil society.”

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  • Pope's letter will allow negligent bishops to be removed

    (Vatican Radio) In a new Apostolic Letter, issued motu proprio, Pope Francis has established new norms providing for the removal of Bishops (or those equivalent to them in Canon Law) from their offices in cases where they have "through negligance, committed or omitted acts that have caused grave harm to others, either with regard to physical persons, or with regard to the community itself."

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  • English translation of the third part of the secret of Fatima

    After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: 'Penance, Penance, Penance!' And we saw in an immense light that is God: 'something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it' a Bishop dressed in White 'we had the impression that it was the Holy Father.' Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.

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  • Life is short; start forgiving, making amends, pope tells priests

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Mercy recognizes that life is short and that so much good needs to be done that there is no time to waste in making amends, Pope Francis told priests. "That is why it is so important to forgive completely" and let go of paralyzing self-pity so mercy can get "its hands dirty" and make reparation for the wrongs committed, he said in a retreat for clergy.

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  • A historical analysis on deaconesses in the Catholic Church

    Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university in Rome. Q: Could you please explain why historically the Church accepted women deacons and yet since the second century this has been stopped? The Church of England allowed women priests, and the number of its clergy almost doubled in five years. Considering that Benedict XVI allowed married men into the Catholic priesthood to open the Anglican door, could this not be considered a key for Western rules on celibacy to be relaxed in the future? -- T.B., Salford, United Kingdom

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  • You have my gratitude, Pope Francis tells prison chaplains

    Vatican City, Jun 1, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- Pope Francis has sent a special message to support the work of prison chaplains during the Year of Mercy. “He especially wishes to assure all who are serving prison communities of his prayerful solidarity and deep gratitude for their efforts in upholding the human dignity of all those incarcerated,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, said to a European meeting of chaplains June 1.

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