Vote to legalize gay marriage poses uncertain future for Ireland

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Rome, Italy, May 22, 2015 / 12:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Ireland goes to the polls to vote on whether to legalize same-sex marriage, one Church official warns that the new law could bring yet-unforeseen consequences for future generations. “The importance of the vote today cannot be underestimated,” said Msgr. John Kennedy, an official of […]

Archbishop Romero Found Comfort From Opus Dei Founder

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By Staff Reporter Archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified this weekend in his native El Salvador, where he was shot and killed while saying Mass. In the midst of the troubled times in which he lived, he came to Rome in 1974, where he met with the Pope. He also met with Josemaria Escriva, founder […]

Jihadists in Syria Kidnap Another Priest

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By Staff Reporter This report is contributed by Marta Petrosillo of Aid to the Church in Need: Almost two years since the abduction in Raqqa, Syria, of Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, jihadists grabbed a monk from the Deir Mar Musa monastery, some 50 miles north of Damascus, the Syrian capital Thursday, another of its monks, Father […]

International conference highlights women’s contribution to sustainable development

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(Vatican Radio) An international conference entitled “Women and the post-2015 development agenda – The Challenges of Sustainable Development Goals” got underway in Rome Friday. The May 22-24 event is jointly sponsored by the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations and the World Women’s Alliance for Life and Family. […]

The Islamic State’s Religious Cleansing Campaign

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By Staff Reporter This article is provided by Sarkis Boghjalian, director of the US branch of Aid to the Church in Need. — I would like to start with this quotation from Dabiq — the online publication of ISIS addressing the Christian world—which says: “We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your […]

Sistine Chapel Choir to Be Joined by Anglican Choir This June

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By Staff Reporter For the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29, the Sistine Chapel Choir will be joined by the Anglican choir of New College, Oxford, reported Vatican Radio. On June 29, the two choirs will sing the Mass for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, presided over by Pope Francis […]

Pope’s Morning Homily: Look to Jesus to Change Your Heart

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By Deborah Castellano Lubov To know what we must do to change our hearts, let Jesus gaze upon you. During Pope Francis’ daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, he made this suggestion. According to Vatican Radio, the Pontiff reflected on today’s reading from the Gospel of John, the Pontiff three different types of looks […]

Pope Francis: let Jesus’ gaze change our hearts

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says each of us should ask Jesus to gaze at us and tell us what we need to do to change our hearts and repent for our sins. We should consider whether Jesus looks at us with a call, with a pardon or with a mission? The Pope’s remarks came during […]

Cardinal Koch Recalls Impact of Nostra Aetate

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By Staff Reporter Cardinal Kurt Koch says the Nostra Aetate declaration was a landmark in relations between the Catholic Church and other faiths. According to an interview with Vatican Radio, the President of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, which is also responsible for the Church’s dialogue with the Jewish people thr… Read More: Zenit

This little boy still can’t talk or move – but his mother has never been happier

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Santiago, Chile, May 22, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Constanza Saavedra spends 24 hours a day devoted to her son Ignacio, or “Nachito” as she affectionately calls him. He’s only seven years-old and suffers from a serious congenital muscular condition that prevents him from breathing on his own. He depends on a respirator to […]