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  • On 'Humanae vitae'- Pope Paul VI did not act alone

    Vatican City, Jul 19, 2018 CNA.- Humanae vitae is not a “pre-conciliar” encyclical, Bl. Paul VI did not develop the final draft in solitude, and, the pope sought opinions before promulgating the text, according to a new book on the encyclical’s history.

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  • The Church is without a camerlengo

    Vatican City, Jul 17, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- With the July 5 death of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the office of camerlengo is now vacant. A sensitive position, above all in the period between the death of a pope and the election of his successor, the Church awaits Pope Francis’ nomination of a new camerlengo.

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  • Costa Rica, Nicaragua preparing to receive World Youth Day pilgrims

    SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) -- Panama isn't the only country that will host World Youth Day pilgrims in January. Dioceses in Nicaragua and Costa Rica -- the closest neighbor to Panama City, the site of World Youth Day, Jan. 22-27 -- are preparing to receive up to 30,000 young people as part of the traditional Days in the Dioceses leading to the main event.

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  • Central African bishops distance themselves from group promising violence

    NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) -- Catholic bishops in the Central African Republic have distanced themselves from a group that is promising to defend the church and avenge the deaths of priests. The group calling itself the League of Defense of the Church alleged there was inaction by Cardinal Dieudonne Nzapalainga of Bangui as the church faced attacks, with Christians and priests being killed.

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  • Provincial says Carmelite nuns in Aleppo live in 'heroic situation'

    BEIRUT (CNS) -- Amid the destruction in war-torn Syria, a community of Discalced Carmelites in Aleppo perseveres in its mission of continuous prayer and help to families in need. The Carmelite nuns, four of whom are Syrian and two French, are in their quiet demeanor "a message of peace and a spiritual message of hope," said the provincial of the Discalced Carmelite Fathers in Lebanon, Father Raymond Abdo, who visited the convent July 5-7.

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  • Learn from the past before looking to future, pope tells young people

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The future cannot be understood without reflecting on the past and on the history and traditions passed on to young people from parents and grandparents, Pope Francis said. "It's from your roots that you will get the strength to continue. None of us -- neither you nor me -- were manufactured in a laboratory; we have a history, we have roots. And everything we do, the results we achieve, the beauty we create in the future, all comes from those roots," the pope said in a video message released by the Vatican July 15.

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  • Seeking to support abbey, English monks brew ale -- 'seriously nice'

    COALVILLE, England (CNS) -- Cistercian monks have opened the first Trappist brewery in England and are selling thousands of bottles of beer every day. The monks at Mount St. Bernard Abbey in the English Midlands decided to brew beer to bring in revenue when they realized they could no longer generate a sufficient income from a herd of 200 dairy cattle.

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  • Congolese cardinal does not fear death but is careful what he eats

    OTTAWA, Ontario (CNS) -- There is no room for fear in the life of Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, Congo. "A cardinal does not have fear," said the outspoken leader of one of most violent and volatile countries in Africa. "It is a mission to defend the faith, to the cost of shedding one's blood. I'm not afraid to do that."

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  • Guidelines needed for use of deconsecrated churches, cardinal says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican is helping organize an international conference meant to help dioceses work with their local communities in finding appropriate uses for decommissioned churches. The Pontifical Council for Culture, together with Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University and the Italian bishops' conference, will sponsor the gathering, titled "Doesn't God Dwell Here Anymore? Decommissioning Places of Worship and Integrated Management of Ecclesiastical Cultural Heritage," Nov. 29-30 in Rome.

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  • Ethiopian cardinal praises his nation's peace deal with Eritrea

    NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) -- Ethiopia's Catholic Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel commended the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments for signing a peace accord. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki signed the peace pact in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, July 9.

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  • Filipino bishops call for prayer, fasting after Duterte's blasphemies

    Davao, Philippines, Jul 9, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- The Filipino bishops conference has called for three days of prayer and fasting, about a month after President Rodrigo Duterte called God “stupid,” among other things. After the initial series of comments, the country’s bishops’ conference met with Duterte to attempt to ease tensions.

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  • Bishops, journalists attacked at church in Nicaragua

    COPAN, Honduras (CNS) -- Nicaraguan bishops and clergy were attacked by armed groups aligned with the government July 9 as violence in the Central American country escalated and affected the Catholic Church, which has provided humanitarian assistance in its parishes and has tried to diffuse a worsening political crisis through dialogue.

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  • Does faith get a yellow card at the FIFA World Cup?

    Washington D.C., Jul 6, 2018 CNA.- As a passionate soccer fan, Jennifer Bryson has been faithfully watching every game she can during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. But as a religious freedom expert, she’s found herself wondering how, and why, soccer authorities regulate the many religious expressions on display in the international soccer tournament.

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  • Pope Francis prays for Japan amid deadly flooding

    Vatican City, Jul 9, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- Pope Francis sent his prayers and condolences to Japan Monday following the death of at least 119 people in some of the worst flooding and landslides the country has seen in decades.

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  • Vatican calls for prayers, support for seafarers, who face many risks

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican invited Catholics to pray for the 1.2 million seafarers around the world who work under difficult conditions and make huge sacrifices in their profession. Seafarers "play a significant role in our global economy by transporting from one corner of the world to another 90 percent of all the goods we use in our daily life. For this reason, today while we pray for all of them wherever they are, we would like also to express our gratitude for their tough work full of sacrifices," said a message for Sea Sunday, celebrated July 8.

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  • God's grace comes in unexpected, surprising ways, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- God does not conform to people's expectations, and he often presents himself and his graces in surprising ways, Pope Francis said. "God does not conform himself to preconceptions. We have to make an effort to open our hearts and minds to accept the divine reality that presents itself to us," the pope said before praying the Angelus to those gathered in St. Peter's Square July 8.

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  • Nigerian bishops link government inaction on violence to religion

    LAGOS, Nigeria (CNS) -- Nigeria's Catholic bishops criticized the president's lack of action against ethnic Fulani herdsmen who attack farmers and linked his inaction to his religion. "It can no longer be regarded as mere coincidence that the suspected perpetrators of these heinous crimes are of the same religion as all those who control the security apparatus of our country, including the president himself," the bishops said.

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  • Vatican issues new document on vocation of consecrated virgins

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican has released a document that establishes norms and principles for women who dedicate their lives as consecrated virgins and their place in the life of the church. Presenting the new document at the Vatican press office July 4, Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, said it is the "first document of the Holy See that delves into the character and discipline of this way of life."

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  • Pope names lay Italian journalist to head Vatican communications

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has named a lay Italian journalist with decades of experience in print, radio and television broadcasting to head the Vatican's Secretariat for Communication. Paolo Ruffini, 61, who headed the Italian conference of Catholic bishops' TV and radio network, was named prefect of the dicastery July 5, making him the first layperson to head such a high-level Vatican dicastery.

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  • Pope names new leader for Australia's largest archdiocese

    MELBOURNE, Australia (CNS) -- Pope Francis has named Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli as the ninth leader of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. The announcement came late June 29 in Melbourne. Archbishop Comensoli, 54, the bishop of Broken Bay, Australia, since 2014, succeeds Archbishop Denis Hart, 77, who is past the age at which canon law requires bishops to turn in their resignation.

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  • Pope Francis: Fear sin, not death

    Vatican City, Jul 1, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- Catholics have no reason to fear death, because Christ the Lord has power over death; instead, they should fear sin, which hardens and kills the soul, Pope Francis said Sunday.

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  • Spanish church warns on exhumation of dictator

    OXFORD, England (CNS) -- The Archdiocese of Madrid has warned the Spanish government against plans to exhume the remains of the country's late dictator, General Francisco Franco, without obtaining agreement from interested parties.

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  • Red hat shows importance of Fatima message, new cardinal says

    Vatican City, Jun 28, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- Among the Church’s newest cardinals is Antonio Augusto dos Santos Marto, who oversees the diocese of Leiria-Fatima. He says his elevation to the rank of cardinal is not only a sign of Francis' affinity for popular devotion, but shows the relevance of the message Mary gave to the Church when she appeared in the small town over 100 years ago.

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  • Credible leadership serves others, pope tells cardinals at consistory

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Defending the weak or hopeless and becoming a servant to those most in need is the best promotion one can ever receive, Pope Francis told new and old cardinals. "None of us must feel 'superior' to anyone. None of us should look down at others from above. The only time we can look at a person in this way is when we are helping them to stand up," he said during a ceremony in which he elevated 14 bishops and archbishops from 11 different nations to the College of Cardinals June 28.

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  • Pope accepts two more bishops' resignations in Chile

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In the wake of a papal investigation into abuse of power, negligence and the cover-up of sexual abuse in the church in Chile, Pope Francis has accepted the resignations of two more of the country's bishops: Bishops Alejandro Goic Karmelic of Rancagua, 78, and Horacio del Carmen Valenzuela Abarca, 64, of Talca.

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  • German bishops ignore pope's request, resume Communion debate

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The German bishops' conference said when the bishops meet in September, they will continue to examine the issue of Communion for Protestant spouses of Catholics. The bishops published an "Orientation Guide in the Responsibility of Individual Bishops" June 27. According to DomRadio, the official news site of the Diocese of Cologne, the guide is the same handout that the bishops' conference developed in February, but with a changed title.

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  • Life in Central America so bad that migrants willing to risk trek to U.S.

    GUADALUPE, Mexico (CNS) -- Honduran migrant Selvin Meza Garcia did not want to work as a "tax collector." Gangs in the Central American country collect "war taxes" -- a euphemism for extortion -- from ordinary people and force young men like him to collect it, often at gunpoint and with threats of violence for nonpayment.

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  • New papal appointments reflect pope's wish for transparency

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis appointed Bishop Nunzio Galantino, 69, as president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See, which handles the Vatican's investment portfolio and real estate holdings and serves as the Vatican employment office and procurement agency.

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  • Pope says torture is a mortal sin; Vatican urges help for drug abusers

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Calling torture a "mortal sin," Pope Francis called on Christians to help victims of this crime against human rights. Marking the United Nations' International Day in Support of Victims of Torture June 26, the pope tweeted: "Torture is a mortal sin! Christian communities must commit themselves to helping victims of torture."

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  • Pope Francis: Support life at all stages, avoid 'dirty work of death'

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Behind the indifference toward human life lies a contagious illness that blinds people to the lives, challenges and struggles of others, Pope Francis said. Like the mythical figure Narcissus, people risk becoming infected by a "contagious spiritual virus" that turns them into "mirrored men and women who only see themselves and nothing else," the pope said June 25 to members of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

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  • Canadian bishops say marijuana use may soon be legal but remains sinful

    OTTAWA, Ontario (CNS) -- Marijuana use across Canada may soon be legal in the eyes of the law, but it will remain a sin in the eyes of the church, said Canada's bishops. With the exception of cannabis use for medicinal purposes, consuming marijuana violates the virtue of temperance and should be avoided, said Msgr. Frank Leo, general secretary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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  • Ex-Vatican diplomat found guilty of distributing child porn

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Vatican court found Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella, a former staff member at the Vatican nunciature in Washington, guilty of possessing and distributing child pornography. Judge Giuseppe Della Torre, head of the tribunal of the Vatican City State, delivered the verdict June 23, and sentenced Msgr. Capella to five years in prison and fined him 5,000 euro ($5,833).

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  • Riot police withdraw as bishops, priests visit besieged Nicaraguan city

    MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- Clergy from the Archdiocese of Managua, Nicaragua, had planned to pray for peace June 21. Instead, bishops from the archdiocese, Archbishop Waldemar Sommertag, apostolic nuncio to Nicaragua, and about 30 priests from the capital traveled to pray in the besieged city of Masaya. The city has been the site of protests against the country's unpopular president, and police and paramilitaries have been accused of attacking and killing the civilian population.

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  • Pope: Individual bishops must decide about Communion in mixed marriages

    ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM GENEVA (CNS) -- The question of allowing Protestants married to Catholics to receive Communion at Mass in special cases has to be decided by each individual bishop and cannot be decided by a bishops' conference, Pope Francis told reporters after a one-day ecumenical journey to Geneva.

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  • Pope in Geneva: Real ecumenism puts Christ over division

    Vatican City, Jun 21, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- Pope Francis landed in Geneva Thursday for a day-trip aimed at bolstering ecumenical relations, saying off the bat that division among Christians is borne from worldliness, and Christ must be prioritized over any differences that might get in the way of unity.

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