10/23/14 5:55 am
By Adelaide Mena/Catholic News Agency/EWTN News Hundreds of pilgrims and faithful from all states of life flocked to the St. John Paul II Shrine in Washington, D.C., Wednesday to celebrate the late pope and recently canonized saints first universal feast day.
To be able to celebrate in the presence of a saint on their first feast day, I think is just a point of great grace for the local church and all the pilgrims that come here, said Father Jonathan Kalisch, O.P, chaplain of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, to CNA Oct. 22.Read More
10/23/14 5:36 am
Catholic News Association/EWTN News Pope Francis address at the conclusion of the Synod on the Family, delivered Saturday, was met with a four-minute standing ovation on the part of the bishops attending the Vatican meeting.
In the Oct. 18 speech, the pope thanked the bishops for their efforts, and noted the various temptations that can arise in such a synod setting. He encouraged the bishops to live in the tension, saying that personally I would be very worried and saddened if it were not for these temptations and these animated discussions; this movement of the spirits, as St. Ignatius called it (Spiritual Exercises, 6), if all were in a state of agreement, or silent in a false and quietist peace.Read More
10/14/14 5:29 am
By Francis X. Rocca / Catholic News Service The official midterm report from the Synod of Bishops, which uses strikingly conciliatory language toward divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples and same-sex unions, has proven highly controversial inside and outside the synod hall, with some synod fathers saying it does not accurately reflect the assemblys views.
Following a nearly hourlong speech Oct. 13 by Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, who, as the synods relator, has the task of guiding the discussion and synthesizing its results, 41 of the 184 synod fathers present took the floor to comment the same morning, the Vatican said.Read More
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