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Youth to meet with Pope Francis during October synod
Vatican City, Sep 18, 2018 / 11:21 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The Synod of Bishops announced Tuesday that the upcoming assembly of bishops will include a meeting of young people with Pope Francis and the Synod Fathers in the Vatican's Pope Paul VI hall.
Pope approves new constitution for Synod of Bishops
Vatican City, Sep 18, 2018 / 09:30 am (EWTN News/CNA).- In a new apostolic constitution, Pope Francis has reformed the Synod of Bishops, creating a mechanism for the assembly's final document to be included in official Church teaching.
McCarrick's unofficial role in Vatican-China relations
Vatican City, Sep 17, 2018 / 09:15 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Over 20 years, Archbishop McCarrick traveled to China on at least eight occasions, sometimes staying in a state-controlled Beijing seminary, often serving as an unofficial bridge between the Vatican and Chinese government-appointed bishops until 2016.
Pope Francis: Discipleship takes sacrifice
Vatican City, Sep 16, 2018 / 07:03 am (EWTN News).- A fundamental rule of being a disciple of Christ is the necessity to make sacrifices and deny one's self, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Sunday.
Do not avoid the wounds of the Church, pope says in Sicily
Vatican City, Sep 15, 2018 / 07:21 am (EWTN News/CNA).- In Sicily Saturday, Pope Francis said the wounds of the Church and the world are the wounds of Christ, and they must be touched and seen.
What is the pontifical secret?
Vatican City, Sep 14, 2018 / 05:00 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Following the allegations made by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò about the case of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, many have called for official Vatican files on the former cardinal to be released. While this may seem like the easiest way of assessing the truth of Viganò's claims, many of the documents in question could be protected by the "pontifical secret." But what is that?
Pope Francis tells new bishops holiness is their 'most urgent task'
Vatican City, Sep 13, 2018 / 01:01 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The most important duty of bishops is total dedication to the pursuit of holiness and the holiness of their local Church, Pope Francis said to a group of 130 new bishops Thursday.
Cardinal DiNardo calls meeting with pope lengthy, fruitful
Vatican City, Sep 13, 2018 / 11:10 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Cardinal Daniel DiNardo has called a Sept. 13 meeting between Pope Francis and leaders from the Church in United States "lengthy and fruitful."
Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Bransfield as inquiry into misconduct claims launched
Vatican City, Sep 13, 2018 / 05:53 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis Thursday accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael J. Bransfield from the pastoral government of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, and asked the archbishop of Baltimore to launch an investigation into allegations of misconduct.
Pope convokes world-wide meeting of bishops on abuse crisis
Vatican City, Sep 12, 2018 / 07:03 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis has called for all the presidents of the Catholic bishops' conferences of the world to meet at the Vatican in February to discuss the issue of sexual abuse of minors.
Pope Francis: God's mercy frees us from slavery to sin
Vatican City, Sep 12, 2018 / 05:12 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Attachment to sin and vice is a form of interior slavery which inhibit the ability to love, but true freedom is always found in God's mercy, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.
For Pope Francis, the Great Accuser tries to uncover bishops' sin to cause scandal
Vatican City, Sep 11, 2018 / 05:20 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Satan is working to uncover the sins of bishops so that they will be visible and a cause of scandal, Pope Francis said during his homily at Mass on Tuesday.
What Pope Francis can clarify about the Vigano testimony- and what he can't
Vatican City, Sep 11, 2018 / 01:20 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- It has been more than two weeks since Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò released his 11-page testimony about the McCarrick scandal. With Rome expected to make "necessary clarifications" in the coming days, but ahead of those clarifications, efforts have been made to substantiate some of  claims made by Viganò about how McCarrick's case developed and what was done, or not done, to address allegations made against him.
Pope's cardinal advisors say Vatican will soon respond to Viganò allegations
Vatican City, Sep 11, 2018 / 11:12 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis' group of cardinal advisors have issued a statement saying the Holy See is preparing an answer to current debates, presumably referencing questions raised following allegations by Archbishop Carlo Viganò.
Cardinal O'Malley: Listening to abuse survivors is crucial
Vatican City, Sep 10, 2018 / 04:05 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- In an interview with Vatican News on Sunday, Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston said Church leaders must listen to abuse survivors' experiences to respond properly to the sexual abuse crisis