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  • Prince Charles to attend Newman's canonization in Rome

    Vatican City, Sep 16, 2019 CNA.- Prince Charles will attend the canonization of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman next month. The heir to the British throne will travel to Rome to witness the canonization Mass of the first non-martyr English saint since the Reformation.

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  • Africa trip planted new seeds of hope, pope says at audience

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Having gone to Africa as a pilgrim of peace and hope, Pope Francis said he hoped the seeds planted there by his visit would bear abundant fruit for everyone. Following in the footsteps of evangelizing saints before him, the pope said he sought to bring with him "the leaven of Christ" and his Gospel, which is "the most powerful leaven of fraternity, justice and peace for all people."

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  • Sri Lankan government agrees to independent inquiry into Easter attacks

    NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNS) -- Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has finally won a concession from Sri Lanka's government after widespread criticism of the investigation into the deadly Easter Sunday attacks. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced Sept. 6 that a new independent commission would be appointed as a direct result of the cardinal's plea, reported ucanews.com.

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  • Pope appoints three cardinals to help lead synod on Amazon

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis appointed three delegate presidents for the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon. The pope named as delegate presidents for the Oct. 6-27 assembly Cardinals Baltazar Porras Cardozo, 74, of Merida, Venezuela; Pedro Barreto Jimeno, 75, of Huancayo, Peru; and Joao Braz de Aviz, 72, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

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  • Catholics denounce attacks against Brazil's indigenous peoples in Amazon

    SAO PAULO (CNS) -- After denouncing the record number of wildfires in the Amazon in August and the growing deforestation of the region, the Brazilian Catholic Church is pressuring the government to guarantee the safety of several Amazonian indigenous peoples, alerting the authorities of the imminent risk of genocide in northern Brazil.

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  • Marking start of WWII, Polish, German bishops urge new peace efforts

    WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- Catholic bishops from Poland and Germany have warned that peace and unity are still needed in Europe, 80 years after the start of World War II. "Poland was the first victim, suffering six years' occupation, accompanied by untold cruelty and a destructive policy for exterminating the Polish nation, especially its Jewish population," said the joint statement, signed by Polish Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki and German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the two bishops' conference presidents.

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  • Elevator malfunction leaves pope stuck before Angelus

    Vatican City, Sep 1, 2019 CNA.- Pope Francis begged the pardon of the crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square Sunday, explaining that he was late because he had gotten stuck in a Vatican elevator and had to wait for help from the fire department.

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  • Pope appoints aide, former communications prefect to new posts

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis appointed an aide who served as his English interpreter and the former prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication to new posts. The Vatican announced Aug. 31 that the pope named Msgr. Mark Miles, a native of Gibraltar who worked in the Secretariat of State, as the Holy See's permanent observer to the Washington-based Organization of American States, also known as OAS.

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  • Pope to create 13 new cardinals in October

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis announced he will create 13 new cardinals Oct. 5, choosing prelates from 13 different nations as a sign of "the missionary vocation of the church that continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all men and women of the earth."

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  • Pope: Proclaim God's love through care for needy

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While listening to and obeying God's word brings healing and comfort to those in need, it also can attract disdain and even hatred from others, Pope Francis said. Christians are called to proclaim the love of God through their care for the sick and the needy, like St. Peter and the other disciples who went to various cities bringing spiritual and physical healing to many, the pope said during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square Aug. 28.

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  • Cardinal Pell to appeal to Australian High Court

    Canberra, Australia, Aug 26, 2019 CNA.- Cardinal George Pell will appeal his conviction to the Australian High Court, following the decision last week by the Court of Appeal in Victoria to uphold his conviction for child sexual abuse.

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  • Pope encourages interreligious dialogue initiative

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- At a time when conflict and division dominate the world's headlines, people need to know there are a growing number of important initiatives to promote interreligious dialogue and understanding, Pope Francis said.

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  • Lofty titles do not guarantee entrance to heaven, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A life marked by humility, faith and love determines whether Christians enter heaven, not who they know, Pope Francis said. Before praying the Angelus prayer with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square Aug. 25, the pope said that the Lord will recognize those worthy of experiencing eternal joy if they have lived "a life of faith that translates into deeds" and not whether they have attended conferences or rubbed shoulders with church leaders.

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  • Pope, bishops urge action to save burning Amazon rainforest

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Describing the Amazon rainforest as "vital for our planet," Pope Francis joined the regions bishops in praying for action to extinguish the massive fires burning there. "We are all worried about the vast fires that have developed in the Amazon," the pope said Aug. 25 after leading the recitation of the Angelus prayer. "Let us pray that with the commitment of all they will be brought under control quickly. That forest lung is vital for our planet."

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  • 'ABCs' of Christian charity require helping those in need, official says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A patriotic love for one's country and culture does not mean closing off oneself to others, particularly those in need, said the Vatican foreign minister. "No one calls into question the sovereignty of a country, of a nation," Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican secretary for relations with states, told Vatican News Aug. 22.

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  • Crucified women: New book aims to end scourge of forced prostitution

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- August is a long-awaited month for countless Romans who escape the sweltering heat and seek some good old-fashioned rest and relaxation at the beach or the mountains. Since the start of his papacy, though, Pope Francis has made it a point to stay in Rome and take on a reduced schedule rather than leave the confines of Vatican City to the papal residence at Castel Gandolfo like his predecessor.

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  • Pope applauds launch of abuse investigation center in Chile

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A specialized center at Chile's premier Catholic university can help the Catholic Church protect minors and vulnerable persons from the scourge of clerical sexual abuse, which has plagued the Catholic Church in the country and around the world, Pope Francis said.

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  • Appeals court upholds Cardinal Pell conviction on abuse charges

    MELBOURNE, Australia (CNS) -- An Australian appeals court upheld the conviction of Cardinal George Pell on five counts of sexually assaulting two choirboys more than two decades ago. A three-judge panel of the Appeals Division of the Supreme Court of Victoria announced its decision Aug. 21 in Melbourne with the cardinal in attendance.

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  • Prayers greet people attending so-called black mass in Canadian capital

    OTTAWA, Ontario (CNS) -- About 200 people, most clutching a rosary, held a prayer vigil as a satanic black mass occurred Aug. 17 at a heavy metal club in the Canadian capital. Other Catholics attended adoration at Notre-Dame Cathedral a few blocks away or circled the block where the widely publicized event sponsored by the Satanic Temple of Ottawa took place. The day began with Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast celebrating a Mass of reparation at Annunciation of the Lord Church in suburban Ottawa.

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