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Amid criticism, Cardinal Marx supports synod's midterm report

Oct 17, 2014 - 11:22 am .- Even though the Synod on the Family's midterm relatio was widely criticized by the bishops' small groups, Cardinal Reinhard Marx affirmed it only needs to be balanced, while speaking at Friday's synod press briefing.

Fertility treatments fall short of expectations

Oct 17, 2014 - 04:04 am .- Tech giants’ new policies offering egg freezing options as a work benefit overlook the technique’s “highly problematic” failure rates and risks to potential children, says a leading ethicist in the field.

From bad to worse – religious persecution growing in China

Oct 17, 2014 - 02:09 am .- The state of religious freedom in China is moving from bad to worse, said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), responding to a new report by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.  

Latvia turns heads in synod with strong witness of marriage

Oct 17, 2014 - 12:03 am .- In synod discussions last week, the Baltic nation of Latvia caught the attention many synod fathers, who were keen to hear why the number of divorces among their Catholic population is so low.

Asia Bibi's death sentence sparks outrage from Pakistan's Christians

Oct 16, 2014 - 05:29 pm .- The Lahore High Court's rejection on Thursday of Asia Bibi's appeal against her death sentence, passed by a lower court, has dismayed Christians and others in Pakistan.

Priest returning to Iraq: ISIS threatens the whole world

Oct 16, 2014 - 04:59 pm .- An Iraqi priest who has chosen to return to his city, which lies just six miles from ISIS-controlled territory, said that in the midst of an increasingly desperate situation, the help of world powers is greatly needed.

African cardinal: Pressure groups behind push to change Church teaching

Oct 16, 2014 - 04:21 pm .- Innacurate media reports about Church teaching on homosexuality published after the synod's midterm relatio are an attempt to pressure the Church to change its perennial teaching, a cardinal who is also a synod father has affirmed.

Cardinal Kasper denies statement against African bishops, journalist insists

Oct 16, 2014 - 03:34 pm .- The president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Walter Kasper, denied on Thursday afternoon that he made any statements against African bishops, but audio to that effect was soon produced.

Synod's small group reports released by Vatican

Oct 16, 2014 - 02:28 pm .- After the synod’s small groups released their reports Thursday asking for a substantial rewriting of the meeting's mid-term report, the Vatican has said the synod's final report will be prepared, and voted upon on Saturday morning.

Archbishop Gomez' response to physician assisted suicide

Oct 16, 2014 - 11:18 am .- Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles voiced concern this week over the physician assisted suicide case of 29-year old Brittany Maynard, saying her story fills him with sadness.

Pope Francis: Our names are in the heart of God

Oct 16, 2014 - 04:07 am .- In his mass on Thursday Pope Francis encouraged attendees to pray to God by praising him, saying that remembering the good he has done, particularly how he created us in love, helps us to know how.

Marriage and family issues facing Catholics are not all universal

Oct 16, 2014 - 04:01 am .- The Synod on the Family has provided an opportunity for people to bring up issues concerning marriage and family life facing Catholics around the world, but as one auditor has noted, not all of those issues are the same.

Secular institutes to explore evangelization in Far East

Oct 16, 2014 - 02:06 am .- The general assembly of secular institutes in Asia, being held later this month in South Korea, is committed to finding new ways to share in the continent's evangelization.

Houston carries out 'witch hunt' on pastors opposing 'bathroom bill'

Oct 16, 2014 - 12:03 am .- City officials in Houston have filed a subpoena against local pastors over a lawsuit regarding a bill that would do away with sex-assigned restrooms.

No boundaries to prayer for nurse under Ebola quarantine

Oct 15, 2014 - 05:10 pm .- Catholics in Texas are praying for the two nurses infected with Ebola, one of whom is a devout Catholic in communication with a priest.

Supreme Court halts parts of Texas abortion law, but it's not over yet

Oct 15, 2014 - 04:59 pm .- Backers of a 2013 Texas law which strengthened health and safety requirements for the state's abortion clinics will continue to support the law as it winds through the court system, following a temporary block of some portions of the law.

Bishops indicate swing towards rewrite of synod document

Oct 15, 2014 - 01:35 pm .- As the synod fathers' small groups continue to meet, it seems increasingly clear that the Synod of Bishops' concluding document, the 'relatio synodi', will be substantially different than the midterm relatio which was released Monday.

'The Christian minority in India is under serious threat'

Oct 15, 2014 - 12:04 pm .- With the election of Narendra Modi of the Hindu "Bharatiya Janata Party” (BJP) as prime minister of India the country's secular constitution has come under threat, a Catholic priest in India has charged.

How an incorrect translation of the synod report created chaos

Oct 15, 2014 - 11:17 am .- An incorrect translation into English of the original midterm report of the Synod on the Family may have spurred controversial interpretations of the document itself.

Christian hope is no mere optimism – it’s a light for the world

Oct 15, 2014 - 05:01 am .- In his Wednesday general audience address Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of Christian hope, saying that it consists in our joyful expectation of the return of its source, Jesus Christ.

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