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College Of Cardinals: A History Of American Membership

Although the consistory scheduled June 28 at the Vatican will not include any cardinals born in the U.S. or representing U.S. dioceses, it is nonetheless clear that American participation in the College of Cardinals has changed dramatically in the past century. Including next week’s...

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Can Relics Unite Catholics And Orthodox? Pope Francis Thinks So.

Vatican City, Jun 21, 2017 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Common veneration of relics is one of the tools Pope Francis is using to foster ecumenical relations with the Eastern Orthodox Churches. In May, relics of St. Philip and St. Nicholas were transported to Turkey and Russia, respectively. They...

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Full Text Of Dubia Cardinals’ Letter Asking Pope For An Audience

Vatican City, Jun 20, 2017 / 11:52 am (National Catholic Register).- Here below is the full text of the letter, signed by Cardinal Carlo Caffarra on behalf of the four dubia cardinals, asking Pope Francis for an audience to discuss deep concerns over the Pope’s apostolic exhortation on the...

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Religious Freedom Advocates To Receive Papal Honor

Phoenix, Ariz., Jun 21, 2017 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In recognition of their promotion of religious freedom, the founder of Alliance Defending Freedom and his wife will be inducted next week into the Order of St. Gregory the Great. Alan and Paula Sears will receive the honor, granted to...

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Pope Francis To Visit Chile, Peru In January 2018

Lima, Peru, Jun 19, 2017 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See Press Office announced Monday that Pope Francis will travel to Chile from January 15 to 18 and Peru from January 18 to 21, 2018. In Chile the Holy Father will visit the capital of Santiago, as well as Temuco and Iquique. In Peru,...

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Sainthood Causes Advance, Including Layman Who Resisted Fascism

Vatican City, Jun 17, 2017 / 09:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Friday recognized the heroic virtue of six persons on the path to canonization, as well as the martyrdom of an Italian man who died from injuries of a beating he received while imprisoned in a concentration camp for resisting...

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New Hampshire Diocese Becomes Latest To Restore Order Of Sacraments

Manchester, N.H., Jun 18, 2017 / 04:58 am (National Catholic Register).- In the name of raising up lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ, another U.S. Latin-rite diocese has decided to restore confirmation to its traditional place before first Holy Communion. Bishop Peter Libasci of Manchester, New...

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What Does 'the Joy Of The Gospel' Look Like In The US?

Orlando, Fla., Jun 17, 2017 / 03:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- It’s been nearly four years since Pope Francis released his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii gaudium, or “The Joy of the Gospel.” But what does it look like to truly live out the Joy of the Gospel in the U.S.? That’s the question behind...

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Pope On Corpus Christi: In The Eucharist, We Remember God's Love

Rome, Italy, Jun 18, 2017 / 01:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For the observance of the feast of Corpus Christi on Sunday, Pope Francis said the Eucharist helps us to remember everything that Christ has done for us, in particular his great love for us. Corpus Christi reminds us that in the midst of our...

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Is There A Pontifical Commission To Reinterpret Humanae Vitae?

Vatican City, Jun 16, 2017 / 05:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As rumors abound concerning a Vatican commission to reinterpret Humanae vitae in light of Amoris laetitia, the controversial president of the Pontifical Academy for Life has rejected these rumors. “I can confirm that there is no...

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US Bishops Vote To Make Religious Freedom Committee Permanent

Indianapolis, Ind., Jun 15, 2017 / 01:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops voted on Thursday to make their Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty a permanent committee of the national bishops’ conference. “The very idea of religious freedom and its root in human nature is challenged” today,...

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As Iraqi Christians Await Deportation, Bishop Points To Suffering Body Of Christ

Indianapolis, Ind., Jun 15, 2017 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Advocates for Chaldean Christians detained by federal immigration enforcement are in a race against time to halt their deportation back to war-torn Iraq. “Today is also the feast of the Body of Christ. And this is where the Body of...

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Saving Ancient Christian Cultures…One Story At A Time

Washington D.C., Jun 16, 2017 / 03:12 am (CNA).- Ancient artifacts. Centuries-old legends. Prayers dating back to the time of Christ. An enemy seeking to destroy it all. And a team of dedicated scholars trying to save the memories before it’s too late. It may sound like the start of the next...

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Consistories: You Never Know What (And Who) They Will Bring

As consistories go, the one scheduled June 28 at the Vatican doesn’t shape up as the most noteworthy among the hundreds of consistories celebrated over the past 1,000 years or so, what with a relatively small number of cardinals to be created (five). Not, at least, at this point in time. For...

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Liturgy: The Order Of Christian Funerals – A Ministry Of Consolation

In life, the death of loved ones is an inevitable part of the journey. As members of those baptized in Christ, our belief in the mystery of death and resurrection in Christ is at the center of all of that we do as Church. The consoling actions and prayer rituals offered to mourners at the time of...