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US bishops throw support behind conscience protections on marriage

Washington D.C., Jul 14, 2016 / 12:44 am (CNA/EWTN News) – Two leading U.S. bishops have spoken out in favor of a proposed law which would ensure federal religious freedom protections to individuals and faith-based organizations who disagree with same-sex marriage. In a joint statement released Tuesday, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco and Archbishop William E. Lori of …

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A crash course in Miracles 101

What do a grilled cheese sandwich and the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe have in common? Both bore what appeared to be images of Mary. One was determined to be authentically miraculous, the other was not. Not to spoil any secrets, but it’s not Our Lady of the Grilled Cheese that converted Mexico and continues to draw millions of …

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No doctrine change from Pope Francis – but a call for better pastoral care

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. “The Church’s pastors, in proposing to the faithful the full ideal …

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Mary’s ‘yes’ to God changed history, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – Pope Francis marked the Feast of the Annunciation on Monday by reflecting on the power of Mary’s “yes” to God. “Mary’s ‘yes’ opens the door to Jesus’ ‘yes’: I have come to do Your will, this is the ‘yes’ that Jesus carries with him throughout his life, until the cross,” he said in his April 4 …

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EWTN’s Mother Angelica, 92, dies on Easter Sunday

IRONDALE, Ala. (CNA/EWTN News) – The Catholic Church in the United States has lost the Poor Clare nun who changed the face of Catholicism in the United States and around the world. Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), passed away on March 27 after a lengthy struggle with the aftereffects of a …

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Let yourselves be moved by hope, Pope says at Easter Vigil

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – During the Easter Vigil, Pope Francis told attendees not to be overcome by sadness in the face of life’s difficulties, but to be open to hope, which is not the absence of problems, but is a gift from God when we allow him to enter our lives. “We, like Peter and the women, cannot discover life …

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The Catholic Church grew faster than the global population in past decade

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – The number of Catholics has increased at a faster rate than the rest of the population, newly released statistics by the Vatican reveal. Over the course of nine years, the number of Catholics worldwide has increased by 17.8 percent, compared to the global population, which increased by 17.3 percent. From 2005-2014, the number of Catholics grew …

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Pope Francis to Mexican bishops: follow example of Our Lady of Guadalupe

MEXICO CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – Pope Francis met with the bishops of Mexico on Saturday at the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary, where he highlighted the intercessory power of Our Lady of Guadalupe and encouraged the country’s clergy to overcome their challenges through perseverance and unity. “I know that by looking into the eyes of the Blessed Virgin, I …

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‘We are brothers’ – Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill hold historic meeting

HAVANA (CNA/EWTN News) – Christian brotherhood and unity were the focus of Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill when they met on Friday afternoon in Havana. “We spoke as brothers,” Pope Francis said. “We have the same baptism. We are bishops. We spoke of our Churches.” “We agreed that unity is created by journeying together,” he told a gathering …

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‘First in history’ – Pope Francis to meet Russian Patriarch in Cuba

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) –  On Friday the Vatican announced that while on his way to Mexico, Pope Francis will stop in Cuba to meet with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in the first meeting between a Pope and a leader of the Russian Orthodox Church since the Great Schism 1,000 years ago. “The Holy See and the Patriarchate of Moscow are …

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