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  • Pope Francis: True wealth is found in friendship, not things
    on September 22, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Vatican City, Sep 22, 2019 / 05:13 am (CNA).- People and relationships are more valuable than things and the truly wealthy are those who are rich in friends, Pope Francis said during the Angelus Sunday. “Wealth can encourage the erection of walls, create divisions and discrimination,” […]

  • Clandestine medical abortions reportedly on the rise in the US
    on September 21, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Washington D.C., Sep 21, 2019 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- While the number of in-clinic abortions in the United States is reportedly down, the sale of illicitly acquired abortion pills may be up, according to recent data from the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute. According to data from Guttmacher, a total […]

  • Theologian withdraws from German synodal path
    on September 21, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Vatican City, Sep 21, 2019 / 03:08 pm (CNA).- A member of the International Theological Commission has announced that she is no longer available to participate in the “binding synodal path” undertaken by the bishops’ conference of Germany. Marianne Schlosser, a member of the […]

  • Pope Francis: The Church is a home for the lost
    on September 21, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Vatican City, Sep 21, 2019 / 10:59 am (CNA).- No one is lost to Jesus, neither should they be considered lost to the Church and her members, Pope Francis told Catholics in Albano Laziale Saturday. The pope reflected on the story of Zacchaeus the tax collector, whom Jesus remembered, sought out, […]

  • Medical migrant ordered to leave gets hope of reprieve, highlights similar cases
    on September 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Washington D.C., Sep 21, 2019 / 08:00 am (CNA).- An immigrant who has lived in the U.S. for more than 16 years while receiving life-saving medical treatments is hoping for a reprieve after being given weeks to leave the country.  Maria Isabel Bueso, a 24 year-old immigrant from […]

  • Evangelization is about helping people know God's love, Pope Francis says
    on September 21, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Vatican City, Sep 21, 2019 / 07:15 am (CNA).- Evangelization means first helping people to know God and to know his immense love for them, which is done in part through the witness of one’s life and joy, Pope Francis said Saturday. “Proclaiming the Lord is witnessing the joy of knowing […]

  • Cardinal O'Malley, Bishop McElroy named participants in Amazon synod
    on September 21, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Vatican City, Sep 21, 2019 / 06:05 am (CNA).- Cardinal Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, and Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego are among those chosen by Pope Francis as synod fathers in next month’s Amazon synod. A full list of the 185 participants in the Special Assembly for the […]

  • Married priests are a possible option for the Amazon, says Vatican spokesman
    on September 21, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Vatican City, Sep 21, 2019 / 12:00 am (CNA).- Andrea Tornielli, editorial director of the Dicastery for Communications in the Vatican, said that married priests will be a subject of discussion during the upcoming synod of bishops on the Amazon, which will take place October 6-27 in Rome, but noted […]

  • Catholic hospital in Nova Scotia required to offer assisted suicide, euthanasia
    on September 20, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Antigonish, Canada, Sep 20, 2019 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- A Catholic hospital in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia will now be required to offer assisted suicide and euthanasia on site, after an assisted suicide advocacy group threatened legal action in January. The Canadian Senate legalized assisted […]

  • Msgr. Rossi takes leave of absence from CUA board of trustees
    on September 20, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Washington D.C., Sep 20, 2019 / 03:12 pm (CNA).- Msgr. Walter Rossi has taken a leave of absence from the board of trustees at The Catholic University of America, while the priest is the subject of a canonical investigation for unspecified allegations of misconduct. “Last month the […]

  • UK rabbi: secular humanists are 'ever-more combative' against religious groups
    on September 20, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Madrid, Spain, Sep 20, 2019 / 03:07 pm (CNA).- A top UK rabbi has criticized secular groups in Britain for their remarks against religious practices and faith-based schools. Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Great Britain and the Commonwealth, spoke at an […]

  • Vatican department heads meet to discuss budget deficit
    on September 20, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Vatican City, Sep 20, 2019 / 11:50 am (CNA).- The heads of dicasteries and Vatican City State institutions met Friday to discuss finances and how to reverse a reportedly rapidly growing deficit in the Holy See’s budget. Matteo Bruni, Holy See press office director, confirmed to CNA that the […]

  • After Chaput warning, bishops weigh in on Fr. James Martin
    on September 20, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 20, 2019 / 10:40 am (CNA).- After the Archbishop of Philadelphia urged caution regarding the message Fr. James Martin, SJ, other bishops have weighed in on Martin’s message regarding homosexuality and Catholicism, as Martin and the archbishop have continued to exchange […]

  • Pro-lifers condemn testing of 'chemical coat hanger' on African women
    on September 20, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Washington D.C., Sep 20, 2019 / 09:00 am (CNA).- Pro-life advocates have condemned clinical testing of second trimester chemical abortions on women in a developing country in West Africa. The tests are being conducted by Gynuity Health Projects, a U.S.-based research company, in […]

  • Cardinal Marx holds 'constructive dialogue' with Pope Francis on synodal plans
    on September 20, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Vatican City, Sep 20, 2019 / 08:25 am (CNA).- Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German Episcopal Conference, has held talks with Pope Francis and Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, about the German bishops’ plans for a “binding synodal path.” […]

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