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  • Lutheran leaders emphasize ‘quest for unity’ with Catholic Church : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    disunity of the church that followed the Reformation and commit to joint witness in the world He added We are committed to take a step towards unity We are seeking openness and encouragement to overcome the differences in practice and doctrine that still remain and move forward with the conviction that they can be overcome When we speak of unity we also speak of reconciliation of being convinced that it is possible to overcome fragmentation and that we can and will learn from each other We believe it is possible to heal memories and we need to do so in order for us to jointly serve our wounded and fragmented world We know very well that Lutheran churches around the world are at different stages when it comes to how they live and experience their relationship with the Catholic Church and the same applies for Catholic churches on the ground said Bishop Munib Younan the federation s president Yet knowing these realities we want to emphasize the quest of our unity leaving conflict behind and working towards communion References What unites us is stronger than what divides us The Lutheran World Federation Pope to travel to Sweden to commemorate Reformation s anniversary CWN 1 25 Sound Off CatholicCulture org supporters weigh in All comments are moderated To lighten our editing burden only current donors are allowed to Sound Off If you are a donor log in to see the comment form otherwise please support our work and Sound Off Show 3 Comments Hidden Hide Comments Posted by aclune9083 Feb 09 2016 11 04 PM ET USA Why would the Pope want to commemorate the revolution that foisted the greatest heresy of all time on the Christian world How will His Holiness reconcile the deaths of so many innocent people in

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  • Italian group for divorced/remarried Catholics gets special invitation to papal audience : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    Donate News Home Important Popular Week Month Archives About CWN Catholic World News Italian group for divorced remarried Catholics gets special invitation to papal audience February 09 2016 Pope Francis has invited members of an Italian group devoted to helping divorced Catholics to attend a papal audience the Crux news site reports The Pontiff called Deacon Paolo Tassinari who heads a group called L Anello Perduto The Lost Ring in the Fossano diocese to bring members of the organization to a papal audience Although no date has been set for the group s visit to the Vatican it seems likely to occur before the Pope issues his much anticipated document on the Synod for the Family in which he will address the question of pastoral care for Catholics who are divorced and remarried L Anello Perduto founded in 2008 has not been involved in any public effort to change the Church s discipline barring divorced and remarried Catholics from receiving Communion The group concentrates on helping Catholics who are in irregular marriages to live out their faith according to the Church s teachings References Pope invites divorced remarried Catholics to Vatican audience Crux Sound Off CatholicCulture org supporters weigh in

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  • 'Never tire of forgiving,' Pope urges Capuchin confessors : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    number of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go Catholic World News Never tire of forgiving Pope urges Capuchin confessors February 09 2016 Speaking on February 9 to Capuchin friars from around the world Pope Francis exhorted them to be good confessors and never tire of forgiving At a Mass in St Peter s basilica celebrating the arrival there of the relics of St Pio of Pietrelcina and St Leopold Mandic the Pope observed in his homily that the two Capuchin saints were renowned confessors Yours is a tradition of forgiving of granting forgiveness he said of the Capuchin order There are great confessors among you the Pope said and explained that it is because they consider themselves sinners He went on to say that a priest who knows how to pray will know how to forgive while when one forgets the needs to ask forgiveness slowly one forgets God Pope Francis also observed that forgiveness is the opposition of accusing And who is the great accuser in the Bible he asked The devil Either do the work of Jesus who forgave the Pope concluded or do the work of the devil and condemns and accuses References Pope

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  • In new interview, Pope reflects on European malaise : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    needs to re examine its responsibilities and its cultural roots Pope Francis said in an interview published February 8 by the Italian daily Corriere della Sera The Pope also revealed that his meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill had been carefully arranged in two years of secret negotiations He said that the meeting between the world s two most prominent Christian leaders We must build bridges not walls because they aid the cause of peace Europe the Pope said must and can reform itself He lamented An educational system has been broken the one that transmitted values from grandparents to grandchildren from parents to children That system must be revived he said Pope Francis disclosed that after his speech to the European Parliament in which he compared today s Europe to a barren woman he received a phone call from Germany s Chancellor Angela Merkel who was a bit angry at that figure of speech He said that he had told her Europe can still have children and many because it has strong and deep roots The Pontiff said that Europe should be prepared to accept migrants and to recognize its own responsibilities toward the countries of the troubled Middle East He remarked that the consequences of the Arab Spring have been disappointing for the cause of popular rule Before there was just one dictatar now there are fifty References Build bridges not walls says Francis ANSA Not so infertile after all Pope backtracked on Europe comments after angry Merkel call RT Sound Off CatholicCulture org supporters weigh in All comments are moderated To lighten our editing burden only current donors are allowed to Sound Off If you are a donor log in to see the comment form otherwise please support our work and Sound Off Show 2 Comments Hidden

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  • New undercover video shows National Abortion Federation 'really interested' in proposal for fetal-tissue sales : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    released a new video in which an NAF representative touts the advantage of a group purchasing program to promote sales of fetal tissues In the new video which is not covered under the terms of the injunction granted last week by Judge William Orrick a NAF official says that a proposal to provide kickbacks to abortion clinics that provide fetal tissues would be a win win and a really great option to be able to offer our members Judge Orrick in issuing an injunction against the release of videos filmed at NAF meetings had charged that the CMP videos have not been pieces of journalistic integrity but misleadingly edited videos and unfounded assertions The judge insisted that no abortionists had shown an interest in the illegal sale of fetal tissues for profit The new video released by CMP shows however that a NAF representative described a proposal to share profits from tissue sales as something some of our members would be really interested in References Planned Parenthood ally National Abortion Federation Suggests Group Purchasing Program for Fetal Parts Company Payments A Win Win for Clinics Center for Medical Progress Pro life investigator hits back with new footage after judge blocks

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  • Christians boycott Iraqi parliament's 'peaceful coexistence' conference, saying talk produces no action : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    Important Popular Week Month Archives About CWN Action Alert SOLIDARITY MONTH 10 is as good as 1 000 Help set a new record for the number of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go Catholic World News Christians boycott Iraqi parliament s peaceful coexistence conference saying talk produces no action February 09 2016 Iraqi Christians boycotted a conference on the protection of peaceful coexistence sponsored by the country s parliament to protest the lack of effective action to protect minorities the Fides news service reports What need is there in participating in meetings like this and repeating the formulas that give the title to the conference if then one does not see initiatives and changes in concrete terms asked Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis I Sako The Chaldean prelate told Fides that he has met with govenrment officials and Islamic leaders seeking assurances that the rights of minorities would be protected Unfortunately none of their promises has become reality he said Other minority groups such as the Yazidis also chose not to particupate in the parliament sponsored conference References Christians boycot the conference on peaceful coexistence Chaldean Patriarch we are tired of useless words Fides Sound Off CatholicCulture org

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  • American, Indonesian officials renew push for family planning : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    world s fourth most populous nation pledged to encourage local governments to raise awareness and make family planning a priority in every municipality and village Since the 1960s the Indonesian government has pressured families to have only two children but some rural Muslims and wealthier Indonesians have begun to have larger families The nation has more Muslims than any other country and is 87 Muslim 7 Protestant 3 Catholic and 2 Hindu Father Hibertus Hartono of the Bishops Conference of Indonesia said after the conference that family planning should not be reduced only to the issue of birth control but must embrace a broad roadmap for married couples including advice on how to raise healthy children how to become integrated in society and how to help families prosper economically AsiaNews reported that the Church has won praise from the government for promoting natural family planning in its parishes The Church is open to work ing with the government but remains opposed to methods like abortion sterilization and contraception according to AsiaNews At the conference Ellen Starbird director of the USAID Office of Population and Reproductive Health described family planning as the critical link to achieving of the United Nations development goals and called for strong outcome indicators related to family planning What gets measured gets done she said The Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University promoted a number of exciting events at the conference such as Using Radio to Generate Demand and Promote Social Change for Improved Sexual and Reproductive Health including Contraceptive Use among Adolescents in Northern Uganda References Christians and Muslims for responsible parenthood in lieu of birth controls AsiaNews it Indonesian family planning A journalistic view Jakarta Post Can family planning help the world Lessons from Indonesia The Christian Science Monitor Family planning is critical link

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  • Russian Orthodox bishops emphasize that doctrine cannot be changed : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    News Russian Orthodox bishops emphasize that doctrine cannot be changed February 09 2016 In a statement concluding a recent two day meeting in Moscow the bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church emphasized the immutability of doctrine The bishops cited Archbishop Seraphim Sobolev 1881 1950 whom they canonized stating that he emphasized the necessity to zealously preserve the Orthodox faith an important characteristic of the Church is immutability in her dogmatic and moral and canonical teaching which comes from God Himself Our Lord Jesus Christ It is this immutability of the teaching of the Orthodox Church which has preserved the apostolic faith in all its purity that distinguishes her from all other Christian confessions It is by this awareness that the Russian Orthodox Church has been and always will be guided the bishops added The bishops also approved the churchwide veneration of Eugene Botkin 1865 1918 the murdered physician of the Russian royal family prayed for peace in Ukraine rued the situation of Ukrainian Orthodox who are in communion with the Moscow patriarchate and decried the persecution of the Middle East s Christians References The Message of the Sacred Bishops Council to the Clergy Monastics and All the Faithful Children of

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