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  • The modern -- and little known -- miracles of Padre Pio

    Rome, Italy, Sep 22, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- Known around the globe as simply “Padre Pio,” Saint Pio of Pietrelcina has been called one of the “most active” saints in the Church, and continues to work miracles for those who pray through his intercession.

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  • Amid communist rule, a Catholic university opens in Vietnam

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Sep 21, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- After 40 years, the first Catholic Church-operated university opened in Vietnam since the advent of communism in the country. "The institute aims to enhance theological knowledge and competence among all priests, religious and laypeople," Bishop Joseph Dinh Duc Dao, rector of the institute, said at the opening ceremony according to UCA News.

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  • What is the 'beating heart' of the Church? The Eucharist

    Genoa, Italy, Sep 21, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- The Eucharist is the source of mercy and the beating heart of the Church, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa has said. He was appointed Pope Francis’ special envoy for the Italian National Eucharistic Congress, held in Genoa Sept. 15-18.

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  • Pope Francis, MD: Using medical metaphors to provoke, explain

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has proven to be a master of metaphor and, as fall approached, he increasingly turned to the field of medicine to make his points. Of course, probably his most famous medical metaphor is his repeated description of the church today as a "field hospital."

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  • Don't use media to lie, hurt, frighten, pope tells journalists

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Journalists must not foment fear when covering issues or events such as forced migration due to war or famine, Pope Francis said. While criticism and exposing wrongdoing is "legitimate and, I would add, necessary," reporters must never let their words become "a weapon of destruction" against people or nations, he told representatives of Italy's national association of journalists. About 400 people attended the audience in the Apostolic Palace Sept. 22.

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  • Two priests kidnapped, killed in Mexico

    MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- Two priests were kidnapped and killed in the Mexican state of Veracruz, raising the death toll of prelates murdered in Mexico to 14 in less than four years. Father Alejo Nabor Jimenez Juarez and Father Jose Alfredo Juarez de la Cruz were dragged at gunpoint out of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Poza Rica, a Gulf Coast oil city consumed by crime in recent years, the Diocese of Papantla confirmed in a statement.

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  • Pope, Christian leaders pray for peace, victims of war

    ASSISI, Italy (CNS) -- Jesus' cry of thirst on the cross is heard today in the cries of innocent victims of war in the world, Pope Francis said. Christians are called to contemplate Christ in "the voice of the suffering, the hidden cry of the little innocent ones to whom the light of this world is denied," the pope said Sept. 20 at a prayer service in Assisi with other Christian leaders, including Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury.

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  • Religious leaders praise Patriarch Bartholomew as a great ecumenist

    ASSISI, Italy (CNS) -- As leaders of dozens of religions gathered in Assisi for dialogue and prayers for peace, they honored Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople as an exemplar of one who is so deeply rooted in his own religious tradition that he can reach out to others without fear.

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  • No war is holy, pope says at interreligious peace gathering

    ASSISI, Italy (CNS) -- Violence in the name of God does not represent the true nature of religion and must be condemned by all faiths, Pope Francis said. "We never tire of repeating that the name of God cannot be used to justify violence. Peace alone, and not war, is holy!" the pope said Sept. 20 at the closing ceremony of an interreligious peace gathering in Assisi.

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  • Best way to fight terrorism is to warmly welcome refugees, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Offering migrants and refugees truly helpful and loving hospitality is the greatest guarantee against terrorism, Pope Francis said. The current refugee and migration crisis, with more than 65 million people forcibly displaced from their homes, has become "the greatest humanitarian crisis after the Second World War," he said.

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  • Bishops: Don't let the media guide Catholics on divorce

    Edmonton, Canada, Sep 17, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- Divorced Catholics who have remarried civilly are welcome to seek reconciliation with the Church, but they need to be sure they're following the right path, some Catholic bishops of Canada have said in new guidelines.

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  • Rome's exorcist, Father Gabriel Amorth, dies at age 91

    Rome, Italy, Sep 16, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- Father Gabriel Amorth, the exorcist of the Diocese of Rome who drew worldwide attention, died on Friday at the age of 91. Leaders of the Society of St. Paul remembered him with “great affection and gratitude,” SIR News reports.

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  • Faith, high school coach play role in Paralympian's journey to Rio

    TRENTON, N.J. (CNS) -- When Brian Siemann came into the world, he did so with three sisters. He was also the only one of the quadruplets who lost a third of his blood when he was six days old due to hospital negligence, leaving him paralyzed him from the waist down. It would have been easy to wilt under such devastation, but the Siemann family had a weapon to fight the depression.

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  • Catholics, Orthodox meet to discuss synodality, papal primacy

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Leading Catholic and Orthodox bishops were meeting in Italy to continue discussions on the key issue keeping their churches apart: the role of the bishop of Rome, the pope. The Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church was meeting in Chieti Sept. 15-22.

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  • Changing canon law, pope brings Latin and Eastern practices closer

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In a change to church law, Latin-rite Catholic deacons may not preside at a wedding when one or both of the new spouses are members of an Eastern Catholic church. The new rule is one of the changes to 11 canons in the Latin-rite Code of Canon law that Pope Francis approved in order to harmonize the laws of the Latin and Eastern Catholic churches on several issues involving the sacraments of baptism and marriage.

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  • Sharing the expertise: Papal advisers on abuse expand reach, influence

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Though it has no juridical power, Pope Francis' committee on protecting children has discovered it has consultative punch. Members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors have now become the go-to team for educating bishops, Vatican diplomats in training and Curia staffers, religious orders and local churches about safeguarding children, adolescents and vulnerable adults and protecting them against sexual abuse.

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  • Pope's anti-abuse commission helps train new Catholic bishops

    Vatican City, Sep 14, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- Members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors have been invited to address the trainings for new Catholic bishops held at the Vatican. Commission members would address the training sessions for new bishops held by the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and another training for new bishops held by the Congregation for Bishops, the commission said in a Sept. 12 press release.

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  • Assassinated French priest joins procession of martyrs, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) --- To kill in the name of God is satanic, Pope Francis said at a special requiem Mass for a French priest assassinated by youths claiming allegiance to the Islamic State. "Father Jacques Hamel had his throat slit on the cross, at the exact moment he was celebrating the sacrifice of Christ's cross. A good man, meek, brotherly and who always sought to make peace, was murdered as if he were a criminal. This is the satanic line of persecution," the pope said Sept. 14 during a morning Mass in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae.

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  • Woman charged in foiled attack on Notre Dame cathedral

    Paris, France, Sep 12, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- A woman was charged over the weekend by French authorities in connection with an alleged terrorist plot to attack Notre Dame cathedral with a car bomb. Ornella G. was charged Saturday with “terrorist criminal association to commit crimes against people” and “attempted assassinations as an organized gang in connection with a terrorist enterprise,” the Paris prosecutor's office announced, according to CNN.

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  • Pope praises bishops' guidelines on helping divorced, remarried couples

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis thanked a group of bishops in Argentina for providing their priests with concrete guidelines for implementing the section of his apostolic exhortation on the family about circumstances in which divorced and civilly remarried couples might eventually be allowed to receive Communion.

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  • Vatican releases details of papal trip to Georgia, Azerbaijan

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- With a focus on relations with the Orthodox and with Muslims, Pope Francis will visit Georgia and Azerbaijan Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The visit to the Caucasus nations will be Pope Francis' 16th trip outside of Italy. In July, the Vatican had released a list of the pope's scheduled activities during the trip, but without specific times for most events.

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  • Pope tells new bishops to build unity; division is work of the devil

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The devil's favorite weapon for destroying the church is creating division, Pope Francis told new bishops. Be very careful to make sure that everything meant for promoting pastoral activities and evangelization "does not get damaged or undermined by divisions that are already present or may be created," he said Sept. 9.

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  • Pope: Evangelize with mercy; people will ask what drives you

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Do not treat evangelization as a simple mechanical task or a reason to brag, Pope Francis said. People who boast about preaching the word of God, he said, "reduce the Gospel to a mere task or a badge of honor: 'I go and evangelize, and I brought lots of people into the church.'"

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  • Polish president asks English church leaders to help protect migrants

    MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- Polish President Andrzej Duda has asked church leaders in England to help to protect Polish migrants from the mounting threat of xenophobic violence and abuse. He wrote to Catholic and Anglican leaders to say that reports of serious attacks on migrants "have caused deep concerns to the Polish nation in general, and to myself in person."

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  • Benedictines keep spiritual oases alive in hectic world, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The world's Benedictines offer precious gifts by providing quality education, quiet refuge in a hectic world and loving hospitality to anyone in need, Pope Francis said. At a time when the church is called to focus increasingly on the essential, Benedictine monks and nuns possess "a unique gift and a special responsibility -- that of keeping alive spiritual oases where pastors and the faithful can draw from sources of divine mercy," the pope said.

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  • Religions must take lead in protecting creation, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Religions can play an important role in protecting the environment and defending human rights in their countries, their communities and their schools, Pope Francis said. "I believe we are still at a nursery-school level in this. That is, in incorporating responsibility not only as a subject, but as (a matter of) conscience as part of holistic education," the pope said Sept. 8 during an audience with participants of a Latin American conference on the care for creation.

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  • Retired pope says governance wasn't his gift, but Francis is good at it

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While retired Pope Benedict XVI said organization and governance are not his strong suits, he also said, "I am unable to see myself as a failure." In a book-length interview with the German author Peter Seewald, Pope Benedict said that when he resigned he had the "peace of someone who had overcome difficulty" and "could tranquilly pass the helm to the one who came next."

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  • Pope: God sent his son to show mercy to sinners, not punish them

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- God did not send his son into the world to cast off the wicked but to offer them a path to conversion through mercy and love, Pope Francis said. Those who object to Jesus' mercy toward sinners often create an "image of God that impedes them from enjoying his real presence," the pope said Sept. 7 at his weekly general audience.

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  • Detox, rehab, food: Parish works to fight Philippine drug problem

    MANILA, Philippines (CNS) -- As the body count rises in the Philippines' war on drugs, a Catholic priest is trying to create a space where healing takes precedence over killing. On Sept. 1, 20 drug users surrendered to police under the watchful eye of Father Luciano Feloni, an Argentine priest who is pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Caloocan City, on the edge of Manila. Another 20 were expected to surrender under a program the parish has dubbed "Healing, not killing."

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  • Jubilee for prisoners, canonizations among pope's upcoming events

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The last three months of the Year of Mercy include jubilee celebrations for the imprisoned and for homeless people. Releasing a schedule of liturgical celebrations over which Pope Francis will preside, the Vatican included Holy Year Masses for prisoners Nov. 6 and for the homeless Nov. 13.

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  • Bishops to struggling families: we're with you

    Washington D.C., Sep 5, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- The Church stands with struggling families amidst poverty, unemployment, and opioid abuse in America, said Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami in a Labor Day message from the U.S. bishops.

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  • Pope prays for Spanish nun murdered in Haiti

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Remembering religious women who too often are the targets of violence around the world, Pope Francis led prayers for a Spanish sister murdered Sept. 2 in Haiti. "At this moment, I would like to remember those who spend their time in the service of our brothers and sisters in difficult or risky environments. Let us pray especially for the Spanish missionary sister, Sister Isabel, who was killed two days ago in the capital of Haiti," the pope said Sept. 4 before concluding the canonization Mass for St. Teresa of Kolkata.

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  • Vatican paper: Ideology can slant scientific views of difference in sexes

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Be cautious about scientific data that offer to be the sole basis and single explanation for the differences between men and women, the Vatican newspaper said. Different eras have produced different scientific conclusions about sex differences, it said, in part because assumptions were built on the knowledge available at the time.

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  • Ecumenical autumn: Pope's calendar filled with dialogue opportunities

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Hopes for Christian unity may not be spring fresh, but Pope Francis' fall calendar is filled with ecumenical appointments. Even as developments within Christian denominations seem to be solidifying differences that would make full unity difficult, there is no sign that the desire to meet and dialogue is waning. And, in fact, divided Christians are finding more opportunities to pray together and engage in joint work to help the poor and needy.

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  • New Limburg bishop will not live in predecessor's luxurious residence

    OXFORD, England (CNS) -- A spokesman for the new bishop of Limburg, Germany, said he would not live in the luxurious residence built for his predecessor. Stephan Schnelle, Limburg diocesan spokesman, said the residence would be used for offices, meetings and exhibitions. The diocese has said Bishop-designate Georg Batzing would live at a convent after his Sept. 18 installation, then move to a nearby church house.

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  • Jesus' mercy extends to even the greatest of sinners, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Jesus' loving gaze of tenderness and mercy extends to all who seek forgiveness no matter how great or small their sins may be, Pope Francis said. While many often feel "cast aside" because of their sins, Jesus offers encouragement and "tells us, 'Courage, come to me,'" the pope said Aug. 31 at his weekly general audience.

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  • Pope to scientists: Faith doesn't hurt reason, it leads to greater truth

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Because scientists can never be neutral in their research, they must not be tempted to suppress the truth and ignore the divine, Pope Francis told health care professionals. "Openness to God's grace, which comes through faith, does not weaken human reason, but rather leads it toward knowledge of a truth which is wider and of greater benefit to humanity," he said Aug. 31 in an address to experts taking part in a world congress on cardiovascular research.

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  • Turkey gives early release to man convicted of murdering priest

    ROME (CNS) -- A man imprisoned for killing an Italian Catholic priest in Turkey was released after serving almost half of his 18-year sentence. Oguzhan Akdin was among thousands of prisoners released early from prison in Turkey to make room for new prisoners allegedly involved in a July coup attempt, reported Fides, the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

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  • 'VatiLeaks': Spanish monsignor who leaked documents begins jail time

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Spanish monsignor found guilty of leaking confidential documents about the Vatican's financial reform has begun serving his 18-month prison sentence at the Vatican. Msgr. Lucio Vallejo Balda, secretary of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, was found guilty July 7 of stealing and passing on documents to Italian journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi.

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  • Priest suffers minor injuries after failed suicide bomb, axe attack at Mass

    Jakarta, Indonesia, Aug 29, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- A priest suffered minor injuries after a man armed with a suicide bomb and an axe attacked at Sunday Mass in Indonesia this weekend. A woman sitting next to the would-be suicide bomber at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Medan told the Jakarta Post that she noticed the man was fidgeting throughout Mass and unable to follow the liturgy.

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  • Pope meets with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Continuing his dialogue with leaders in the world of social media and technology, Pope Francis met with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, met the pope Aug. 29 in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where the pope lives.

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  • Pope tells quake survivors he will visit them 'as soon as possible'

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he wants to visit survivors and those affected by a deadly earthquake in central Italy as soon as possible. He wants to go to the ravaged area to "bring you personally the solace of faith, the embrace of a father and brother, and the support of Christian hope," he said after praying the Angelus with visitors gathered in St. Peter's Square Aug. 28.

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  • The happiest day of Mother Teresa's life

    Vatican City, Aug 26, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- It’s been said that saints often come in pairs. Sts. Peter and Paul, Mary and Joseph, Francis and Clare, and Louis and Zelie Martin are just a handful of such saints, coupled together through marriage or friendship.

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