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Broad Approval for Pope Francis' Strasbourg Visit (1290)

According to a Catholic who works closely with pan-European institutions, most members of the European Parliament endorse tomorrow’s papal address.

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Catherine Vierling is an internationally recognized specialist on bioethics, human rights and the family.

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On Tuesday, Pope Francis becomes the first pope since St. John Paul II in 1988 to address the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. What is the significance of the visit, and how could the Holy Father address pressing issues in a region often regarded as having rejected God?

To find out, the Register spoke with Catherine Vierling, an internationally recognized specialist on bioethics, human rights and the family, who has for many years worked with the European Union and Council of Europe. Vierling explains that although a secularist agenda is strongly represented in the EU, their voice has been practically silenced on this occasion by sentiments of welcome for the Pope across all...READ MORE

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‘Orientalium Ecclesiarum’ at 50 (877)

The Second Vatican Council’s decree on the Catholic Churches of the Eastern tite has brought greater unity between Eastern and Latin Churches, say Church observers.

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An icon of brothers Sts. Peter and Andrew was given to Pope Paul VI by Greek Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras in 1964.

In the 50 years since the promulgation of Orientalium Ecclesiarum, the Second Vatican Council’s decree on the Catholic Churches of the Eastern rite, this document has made noteworthy progress toward its goals — yet much waits to be done, according to Church observers and specialists on the Council.

Maronite Bishop Gregory Mansour, who heads the Eparchy of St. Maron in Brooklyn, N.Y., said these 50 years have been “graced years, and Eastern Catholic Churches are closer than ever before in a good union with the Latin Church.”

He said the Eastern Churches in general — Catholic and Orthodox — are closer to a deeper and abiding unity than in the past.

“I think Orientalium Ecclesiarum was a...READ MORE

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Human Dignity at Risk in Europe, Advocates Warn Before Pope’s Speech (693)

Pro-life leaders hope the Nov. 25 speech will assist in changing a continental mentality that fails to respect human life.

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STRASBOURG, France — Ahead of Pope Francis’ Nov. 25 address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, pro-life leaders are emphasizing the danger of a mentality that fails to respect life across the continent.

Carine Brochier is the coordinator for the European Institute of Bioethics in Brussels. She told CNA that, in her 12 years with the institute, she has seen a “new conception of human being” that has “quickly accelerated during recent years.”

This new view of the human person, which fails to value human life, manifests itself in numerous different ways and is tied in with emerging technologies, she stated.

“Mother Teresa said that if you open the door to abortion, then the...READ MORE

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Syrian and Iraqi Refugee ‘Mega-Crisis’ Is Out of Control (2099)

The Catholic Church works to lend aid and keep the peace.

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BEIRUT, Lebanon — Christina remembers the day she found herself living in hell: Hell was a bombed bus of blood, smoke and the screams of refugees trying to escape Aleppo. For some reason, the rebels fighting government forces targeted her bus with a mortar and then machine-gunned the bus from a hilltop in order to massacre the survivors.

Christina (whose last name is withheld for her safety) is a Syrian-Christian refugee now living in Lebanon, where she spoke with the Register in Caritas Lebanon’s St. George clinic in Beirut.

“Something is still inside me from the bus that day,” she said.

Her hand shakes — shrapnel is lodged in it — as she recounts in the Caritas medical office how she...READ MORE

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Cardinal Sarah Appointment Signals Decisive Tone for the Pope's Reform of the Curia (4091)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The new prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments is the former head of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum.

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VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea has been appointed prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments — a decision that sets a decisive tone for Curial reform.

The cardinal’s first steps have been announced Monday to the heads of the Vatican’s departments during their meeting with the Pope.

Until now, Cardinal Sarah has served as president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum and will take over the post of prefect of a congregation whose ranks have been profoundly changed since the previous prefect, Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, was appointed archbishop of Valencia, Spain, on Aug. 28.

Father Anthony Ward and Msgr. Miguel Anguel Ferrer,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis on Christ the King: Be Imitators of Jesus’ Works of Mercy (928)

‘In the twilight of life, we will be judged on our love for, closeness to and tenderness towards our brothers and sisters,’ the Holy Father said Nov. 23.

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VATICAN CITY — On the Solemnity of Christ the King, during the canonization Mass of six new saints, Pope Francis said that Jesus Christ’s kingdom comes through his works of mercy — works that Christians must imitate with tenderness.

“In the twilight of life, we will be judged on our love for, closeness to and tenderness towards our brothers and sisters,” the Pope said Sunday to myriad people in St. Peter’s Square. “If we truly love them, we will be willing to share with them what is most precious to us, Jesus himself and his Gospel.”

“Jesus is not a King according to earthly ways,” the Holy Father said. Rather, “his reign is not to command, but to obey the Father, to give himself over to...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Meets With Autistic Children and Their Families (1039)

The Holy Father also addressed a congress that drew 650 specialists from 57 countries around the world.

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Pope Francis kisses a baby at a Pontifical Council for Health Care conference on autism Nov. 22.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has said autistic disorders are nothing to be ashamed of, as he encouraged everyone to build solidarity to ensure that autistic persons are not isolated.

“Everyone should be committed to promoting acceptance, encounter and solidarity through concrete support and by encouraging renewed hope,” he told participants in his Nov. 22 audience with autistic persons and their families.

Through this support, he said, “we can contribute to breaking down the isolation and, in many cases, the stigma burdening people with autism spectrum disorders and just as often their families.”

Pope Francis addressed participants in a conference organized by the Pontifical Council for...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Needs to Answer Cardinal George's Questions, Project Boosts Vocations and More! (2535)

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Three Things That Almost Guarantee Teens Stay Catholic – Fr. Matthew Schneider, Project...READ MORE

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