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  • Study day on synod did not aim to change doctrine, spokesman says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The presidents of the bishops' conferences of Germany, France and Switzerland decided their preparation for the Synod of Bishops on the family could benefit from listening to theologians, biblical scholars and canon lawyers from all three countries, said the spokesman for the German bishops.

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  • Vatican bank posts large profit, continues review of account holders

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Institute for the Works of Religion, commonly known as the Vatican bank, showed a large jump in profits in 2014 as it continued to winnow its accounts. The institute reported a net profit of 69.3 million euros ($75.5 million) in 2014 compared to a 2013 net profit of 2.9 million euros.

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  • Dublin archbishop: Church needs 'reality check' after marriage vote

    DUBLIN (CNS) -- Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said the church needs a "reality check" after Irish voters overwhelmingly supported same-sex marriage. Ireland was the first country in the world to put same-sex marriage to a popular vote and the May 22 poll was backed by 62 percent of the population. Same-sex marriage is now a constitutional right in Ireland.

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  • Pope, in interview, talks about his daily habits, hopes, concerns

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he wants to be remembered as "a good person who tried to do good. I cannot ask for anything more than that." The statement, as well as comments about his life as pope and situations that move him to tears, were part of an interview he gave in late May to "La Voz del Pueblo," a newspaper from Tres Arroyos, Argentina. The Vatican newspaper printed a translation of the interview May 25.

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  • Blessed Romero 'another brilliant star' belonging to church of Americas

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (CNS) -- Some thought this day would never arrive. Others hoped and some always knew it would. On May 23, the Catholic Church, beatified Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez, of El Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass, just a day after pleading and ordering soldiers to stop killing innocent civilians.

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  • Archbishop Romero Found Comfort From Opus Dei Founder

    Rome (ZENIT) -- 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.

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  • Israel downplays media flurry over Vatican agreement with Palestine

    JERUSALEM (CNS) -- Israel is downplaying the recent media flurry over reports the Vatican and Palestinian representatives have finalized the text of a formal agreement recognizing freedom of religion in the "State of Palestine" and outlining the rights and obligations of the Catholic Church, its agencies and its personnel in the territory.

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  • They lived Christianity: Italy's saints of social action

    Turin, Italy, May 15, 2015 CNA/EWTN News.- Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Turin is an opportunity to reflect on the outstanding group of saints whose lives embodied Catholic social teaching in 19th century Turin, when the Piedmont region underwent an industrial revolution and secularizing trends amid struggles to build a unified Italian state.

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  • As violence spirals, Salvadorans look to Archbishop Romero as example

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (CNS) -- If there's a place in need of salvation at this moment, it's this country named after Jesus Christ. Even as it gets ready to mark one of the biggest events in its history -- the May 23 beatification of slain archbishop Oscar Romero -- El Salvador, which in Spanish means "the savior," is in the midst of one of its most violent periods.

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  • Fresh quake rattles confidence of people, relief workers in Nepal

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNS) -- The second major earthquake in less than three weeks spread renewed fears and dented the confidence of people, said church and charity workers. "The death and devastation may be less, but the psychological impact is very high," Bishop Paul Simick of Nepal told Catholic News Service May 13. "They were slowly recovering from the shock and the trauma and (were) trying to restart (their lives). Now they have been stunned by this unprecedented quake."

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  • Work together to promote, defend life, pope says on Mother's Day

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- People must work together to protect life, Pope Francis said on Mother's Day, the day Italy celebrates its annual March For Life. After praying the "Regina Coeli" at noon May 10 with people gathered in St. Peter's Square, the pope greeted all those who took part in the pro-life initiative that morning, saying "it is important to work together to defend and promote life."

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  • For Cardinal Mamberti, dialogue with Muslims is a must

    Rome, Italy, May 13, 2015 CNA/EWTN News.- Among all the difficult situations in the world, the Middle East situation – including the plight of the region’s Christians – is one of the most compelling, says a former top Vatican diplomat who adds that dialogue with Islam must be fostered.

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  • Cardinal Pell: Secularization Presents Challenges to Church's Teachings on Marriage

    Vatican City State (ZENIT) -- Cardinal George Pell has saidthe family is very resilient, but by the same token, just about everywhere in the Western world it is under pressure.The prefect of the Secretariat of the Economy made this statement when speaking to Vatican Radio after having given the keynote address for aconference in Rome on Saturday intended todiscuss strategies for promoting the Church's teaching on life, marriage, and the family.

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  • Vatican-Palestine accord supports 'two-state' solution

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Vatican and Palestinian representatives have finalized the text of a formal agreement recognizing freedom of religion in the "State of Palestine" and outlining the rights and obligations of the Catholic Church, its agencies and its personnel in the territory.

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  • In family relations, good manners are no joke, pope says at audience

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The closer two people are to each other, the more care is required in respecting the other's freedom and feelings, Pope Francis said. Even Jesus knocks at the door of a person's heart awaiting permission to enter, he said May 13 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

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  • From Europe's Christians, a call for a vision of freedom with and for others

    Rome, Italy, May 10, 2015 CNA/EWTN News.- True freedom rejects mere consumption and satisfaction and embraces a duty to rescue the migrant, to save women from violence, and to help young people struggling to work and care for their families. In short, freedom includes responsibility towards God and neighbor, Europe’s Christian leaders have said.

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  • Report details damage to Nigerian diocese where Boko Haram operates

    MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- A new report has revealed the scale of suffering of Nigerian Catholics at the hands of Boko Haram militants, with 5,000 Catholics killed in one diocese alone. A further 100,000 Catholics in the Diocese of Maiduguri, in the northeast of the country, have been displaced by the six-year campaign of violence conducted by the Muslim militant group, according to the "Situation Report on the Activities of Boko Haram in the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri."

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  • Papal push: Caritas leader sees 'Francis effect' at work on the ground

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Catholic charities around the world have no doubt about the reality of a "Francis effect" on their work. Because of the ongoing global economic crisis, most of the 164 national Catholic charities that form the Caritas Internationalis confederation report no significant increase in donations. However, the secretary-general of the Vatican-based network says Pope Francis has had a huge impact on their programs and priorities, on the number of volunteers and, especially, on their sharing.

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  • Relief items in short supply in landlocked Nepal

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNS) -- Anam Tamang was excited: A truck of earthquake relief supplies had finally arrived at Caritas Nepal headquarters in Kathmandu. That was late May 6. By May 8, she was frustrated: 16 tons of relief material flown in by Caritas Poland had already been dispatched in small trucks to distant centers where local Caritas coordinators eagerly awaited supplies to reach to people in remote areas of the Himalayan nation.

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  • Vatican approves statutes for papal commission for protecting minors

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors received temporary approval of its first set of statutes. U.S. Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston -- one of the pope's top cardinal advisers and president of the pontifical commission -- had submitted a draft of the statutes, which were approved "by mandate of the supreme pontiff" April 21 by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.

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  • Vatican unveils logo, prayer, details of Holy Year of Mercy

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Holy Year of Mercy will be an opportunity to encourage Christians to meet people's "real needs" with concrete assistance, to experience a "true pilgrimage" on foot, and to send "missionaries of mercy" throughout the world to forgive even the most serious of sins, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella.

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  • Pope defends Blessed Serra, prays for missionary zeal in Americas

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- People seem to enjoy finding the shortcomings of candidates for sainthood like Blessed Junipero Serra, but they should ask themselves if they would have his generosity and courage to leave everything behind to care for the poor and bring them the Gospel, Pope Francis said.

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  • Pope Francis: A Bishop of Rome with a heart for Argentina

    Vatican City, May 5, 2015 CNA/EWTN News.- Vicar of Christ to the entire world, yet still a son of his homeland: Pope Francis continues to be attentive to Argentina, as shown by the news that the Vatican may open its fileson the country's military dictatorship, as well as the possible advancement of the cause of beatification of an Argentine entrepreneur.

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  • Europe needs Christians to speak with one voice, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Europe's Christians must speak with one voice to defend religious liberty and to ensure desperate migrants are treated fairly, Pope Francis said. Only "looking together toward the Lord Jesus Christ," he said, will Christians "find common responses to the questions modern society is asking us."

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  • Pope Francis to meet Raul Castro ahead of Cuba visit

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis was scheduled to meet Cuban President Raul Castro at the Vatican May 10, less than five months ahead of the pontiff's visit to the island nation. The meeting between the pope and Castro will take place "in a strictly private manner" in the study of the Paul VI audience hall, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said May 5.

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  • Pope: Marriage is brave promise to love like Jesus, not showy ceremony

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Christian marriage isn't just a big ceremony held in a church with nice flowers and everyone wearing fancy clothes and taking lots of pictures, Pope Francis said. Marriage is an act of faith between a man and woman who are both fragile and limited, but courageous enough to follow Christ and seek to love each other as he loves them, the pope said May 6 during his general audience in St. Peter's Square.

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  • At Expo 2015, Vatican pavilion offers space for learning, relaxation

    MILAN (CNS) -- The Holy See's official pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015, the newest edition of the every-five-years world's fair, will be a public space of relaxation and learning. But for the next six months, the pavilion also will be a place for formal studies, symposiums and academic conversations related to an examination of global food security, hunger and nutrition.

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  • Catholics must be active in politics, no matter how 'dirty,' pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Catholics must get involved in politics even if it may be "dirty," frustrating and fraught with failure, Pope Francis said. Given today's "throwaway" culture and so many problems unfolding in the world, "Do I as a Catholic watch from my balcony? No, you can't watch from the balcony. Get right in there!" he said.

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  • Baltimore archbishop: With God, a broken city can heal

    Baltimore, Md., Apr 29, 2015 CNA/EWTN News.- After both peaceful protests and violent riots following the death of an African American man in the custody of the Baltimore police, the local archbishop appealed to prayer and truth as means of healing and restoring human dignity.

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  • Vatican, Christian groups vow to fight human trafficking

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christian churches can and must work together to educate their members about the reality of human trafficking and to provide assistance to victims of trafficking, said Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglio, president of the pontifical council assisting migrants.

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