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Pope at canonization Mass: God never stops inviting us to the heavenly banquet

Vatican City, Oct 15, 2017 / 05:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday, Pope Francis canonized 35 new saints in the Catholic Church, saying that no matter how often we reject him, the Lord will continue to love us and invite us to participate in his heavenly banquet. “The Gospel tells us that,

Pope announces special 2019 Synod of Bishops on South American region

Vatican City, Oct 15, 2017 / 04:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday, Pope Francis announced the decision to hold a special assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to take place in October 2019, on the state of evangelization in the Amazonian region of South America. “Accepting the desire of some

'No science' behind transgender therapy for kids, doctors warn

Washington D.C., Oct 15, 2017 / 04:57 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Children who struggle to match their gender identity with their biological sex should not be pushed into transgender therapies, but given treatments that help treat the underlying cause of the dysphoria, said doctors in the field.

Pope Francis: You can’t spread God’s love from an armchair

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2017 / 06:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday Pope Francis said that to share God’s love with the world requires action and service – and that we can’t just sit around and wait for other people to perform our vocation. “Love is dynamic, it goes out of

US bishops laud attorney general's new religious freedom protections

Washington D.C., Oct 13, 2017 / 01:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following an announcement by the U.S. Attorney General detailing 20 principles of religious liberty for all government agencies and executive departments to follow, the U.S. bishops have praised the government’s reaffirmation of

Pope Francis, Lebanese prime minister discuss Middle East

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2017 / 11:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis and the prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Rafic Hariri, discussed Friday the current situation in the Middle East and Lebanon, which has received a large number of refugees from Syria. According to an Oct. 13 statement from the

Celebrating 50 years, Special Olympics athletes meet with Pope Francis

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2017 / 06:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday Pope Francis met with Special Olympics soccer players, commending their commitment to the promotion of inclusion and the dignity of all. “You are the symbol of a sport that opens eyes and heart to the value and dignity of

Pope Francis offers prayer for victims of California wildfires

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2017 / 06:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With more than 30 deaths caused by the various wildfires devouring swaths of California, Pope Francis on Friday sent a message voicing his solidarity with victims, and ensuring his prayer for all those affected by the blazes. “Informed

US bishops laud attorney general's new religious freedom protections

Washington D.C., Oct 13, 2017 / 02:46 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Following an announcement by the U.S. Attorney General detailing 20 principles of religious liberty for all government agencies and executive departments to follow, the U.S. bishops have praised the government's reaffirmation of religious

Indiana parish defends First Communion dress code barring girls in pants

Gary, Ind., Oct 13, 2017 / 01:04 pm (EWTN News).- An Indiana parish's First Communion dress code for children has generated media controversy after a girl was barred from wearing a pantsuit while receiving the sacrament.