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Pope’s Albania visit will draw from past, look to future

Vatican City, Sep 16, 2014 / 08:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ upcoming Albanian visit will highlight Mother Teresa, honor the martyrs of Albania’s atheistic past, and suggest the country’s potential as a model for religious co…

Cuban Church to focus on evangelization in new pastoral plan

Havana, Cuba, Sep 16, 2014 / 03:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in Cuba recently unveiled its pastoral plan for 2014-2020, which will encourage the faithful to engage in evangelization and respond to the call of Pope Francis.
 
Entitled “On the Road to Emmaus,” the plan offers a three-part reflection on the social and political reality and on the Church in the country.

The first part invites the faithful “to look beyond sociological aspects and at the life of our society and of our Church, in order to discover in both realities the calls God is making today to our work of evangelization in Cuba.”
 
In the second part, the Gospel passage about the disciples on the road to Emmaus is highlighted as a source of inspiration and orientation in putting the pastoral plan into practice.
 
The third part lays out four priorities of the bishops’ pastoral plan, and concludes, “We proclaim our faith that the ‘conversion to Jesus Christ is our hope’.”
 
In drafting their pastoral plan, the bishops said they were guided by the conclusions of the Fifth General Meeting of the bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean in Aparecida, the message of Benedict XVI in his visit to Cuba, the document “Hope Does Not Disappoint” by the Cuban bishops, and the words and gestures of Pope Francis.
 
“We exhort every Christian to be converted to Jesus Christ and to proclaim the joy of his Gospel, so that the transforming testimony of the love and hope of our communities and families will reach all the men and women of our country,” the bishops said.
 

Deluge of criticism after abortion funding revealed in health care law

Washington D.C., Sep 16, 2014 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life groups have responded forcefully to a new report finding that despite promises from President Barack Obama, more than 1,000 health care plans under the Affordable Care Act cover aborti…

God’s path is closeness and compassion, Pope preaches

Vatican City, Sep 16, 2014 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday focused on the importance of giving hope to the world by imitating Jesus Christ’s closeness to God’s people.

“When God visits his people he restores ho…

First parish dedicated to John Paul II in Chinese-speaking world

Kaohsiung. Taiwan, Sep 16, 2014 / 09:49 am (CNA).- The Diocese of Kaohsiung in Taiwan has become the first in the Chinese-speaking world to have a parish dedicated to St. John Paul II, where a first-class relic of the Polish saint’s blood is kept…

DC Summit of Mideast Christian Leaders Concludes in Prayer

In Defense of Christians (IDC), a US-based non-profit organization that advocates for the protection of Christians and others in the Middle East, concluded its historic inaugural Summit last week. The Summit’s theme was: “Protecting and Preserving Christianity, Where it All Began” and had 1,200 people attending fro…

Family Meeting Catechesis Available Today

Today at the Vatican, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia presented Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive, the foundational document for the eighth World Meeting of Families, to be held in Philadelphia in 2015. Love Is Our Mission is a preparatory catechesis designed for use by dioceses and parishes t…

Pope presides over marriage ceremony of 20 couples (Video)

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Archbishop Chaput’s Remarks at Vatican Presentation of Family Meeting

Here are the remarks given today in Rome by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia at the presentation of the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015. ***
Thank you Archbishop Paglia, and thanks to all of you for being here this morning.
A year from today we’ll be in the final countdown for the World…

Vatican presents Pope’s trip to Albania (Video)

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