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The Church needs you, Francis tells contemplative sisters in Peru

Lima, Peru, Jan 21, 2018 / 08:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to contemplative women religious Sunday, Pope Francis said that they aren’t second-class, but a necessary part of the Church, and asked them to continue to pray on behalf of ...

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Chilean court dismisses case of bishop accused of abuse

Santiago, Chile, Feb 1, 2018 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- The Iquique Court of Appeals in northern Chile has officially closed an investigation against the Bishop Emeritus of Iquique, Marco Órdenes, accused of rape. A canonical investigation into the bishop is ...

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Pope in Peru: ‘Be the saints of the 21st century’

Lima, Peru, Jan 21, 2018 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On his last day in Peru, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to imitate Jesus, who embraces the poor and suffering, and brings hope. The Pope urged Peru’s youth to look to ...

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Venezuelan archbishop decries plan to change election date

Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 29, 2018 / 04:34 pm (ACI Prensa).- Archbishop Diego Padrón of Cumaná, former president of the Venezuelan bishops’ conference, denounced plans to advance presidential elections in the country by more than seven months. “In any country in ...

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‘Rambo’ the hero: Dog saves nuns from fire

Santiago, Chile, Jan 23, 2018 / 07:00 pm (CNA).- A dog named Rambo lived up to his “action hero” name, when his barking alerted sleeping religious sisters that a chapel next to their convent was on fire. In the early ...

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Chilean legislators pass gender-identity bill

Santiago, Chile, Jan 27, 2018 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Chilean House of Representatives has passed a bill that “recognizes and gives protection to gender identity,” an initiative considered a priority by the government of President Michelle Bachelet. Passed ...

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Catholic bishops join with rabbis, imams in Canadian religious liberty fight

Toronto, Canada, Jan 26, 2018 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Interreligious leaders from across Canada came together Thursday to sign a statement urging the national government to respect their freedom of conscience by changing controversial new requirements to qualify for ...

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Cecile Richards reportedly stepping down from Planned Parenthood

Washington D.C., Jan 24, 2018 / 01:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cecile Richards, who has served as president of Planned Parenthood since 2006, will soon step down from her position, two sources told BuzzFeed News on Wednesday. No official timetable has ...

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Pope Francis: Final verdict on Sodalitium founder likely ‘unfavorable’

Vatican City, Jan 22, 2018 / 09:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On board the papal flight from Lima to Rome, Pope Francis said a final Vatican verdict on the founder of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, accused of serial sexual and psychological ...

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Don’t ‘photoshop’ your heart – be who you are, Pope tells young Peruvians

Lima, Peru, Jan 21, 2018 / 11:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis told Peruvian youth that Jesus doesn’t want disciples who have been “photoshopped” to perfection, but like the great saints of the past, God calls people to ...

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