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    Amarillo diocese disavows Fr. Frank Pavone statements, requests prayer

    CNA Staff, Sep 17, 2020 / 05:15 pm (CNA).- The Diocese of Amarillo has spoken out about election-related comments from Fr. Frank Pavone, the national director of the pro-life group Priests for Life, and asked prayers for the priest. In a Sept. 16 statement, the diocese noted that Pavone, in videos posted online, had condemned the act of “voting for candidates of a particular political party” and had reportedly suggested he might need to refuse absolution if such votes were confessed with contrition. According to the diocese, Pavone also used “scandalous words not becoming of a Catholic priest.” “These postings are not consistent with Catholic Church Teachings,” the diocese said…

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    Why priests don’t endorse candidates: Experts respond to FEC chair

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 17, 2020 / 05:00 pm (CNA).-   In an interview Wednesday, the chairman of the Federal Election Commission accused Catholic bishops of “hiding” behind the Church’s tax exempt status instead of backing political candidates, and insisted that priests and lay Catholics have a “right” to conduct political activity on parish premises.  The Catholic Church has had long-standing policies against endorsing particular candidates for political office. Experts in civil and canon law explained to CNA why Catholic clerics do not endorse political candidates, and why that issue touches on the religious liberty of the Church. James E. Trainor, a Catholic, was appointed to the bipartisan commission by…

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    Analysis: China and the Vatican – What if the US recognizes Taiwan?

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 17, 2020 / 12:45 pm (CNA).- Officials in Rome and Beijing are now confidently predicting an extension to the 2018 Vatican-China deal, despite continued persecution of Catholics in the country and little visible progress on the appointment of bishops.  The Vatican-China agreement continues to be viewed by many as a bad deal for the Holy See. Rome appears to have little leverage in the talks, and few cards to play. While the U.S. has made clear its own bleak assessment of the situation, there is one dramatic diplomatic maneuver from the Trump administration that could strengthen Rome’s hand, and rebalance the relationship between all three powers.…

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    Irish priest refuses submission to Vatican’s doctrinal propositions

    CNA Staff, Sep 17, 2020 / 12:10 pm (CNA).- Fr. Tony Flannery, a Redemptorist priest from Ireland who was barred from public ministry by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has declined to submit to four doctrinal propositions as a condition of returning to ministry. “Fr Flannery should not return to public ministry prior to submitting a signed statement regarding his positions on homosexuality, civil unions between persons of the same sex, and the admission of women to the priesthood,” the CDF wrote to the Redemptorists, The Irish Times reported Sept. 16. Fr. Flannery told the Irish daily, “I could not possibly sign those propositions.” He was barred…

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    ‘I will die with them and for them’: Franciscan friar who survived Syrian War dies of COVID-19

    Rome Newsroom, Sep 17, 2020 / 11:00 am (CNA).- When asked by his superior if he wanted to leave Aleppo during the Syrian Civil War, Fr. Edward Tamer replied that he would remain with the people “to die with them and for them.” Now, having survived the worst of the violence of the war, the Franciscan friar has died of COVID-19 at the age of 83 in the service of the poor whom he desired to give his life for. Tamer is one of two Franciscan priests in Syria to have died of the coronavirus within 10 days of each other in recent weeks. At least two other friars in…

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    Pope Francis’ new prayer card features grandmother and grandchild from Romania

    Vatican City, Sep 17, 2020 / 09:32 am (CNA).- Pope Francis’ newest prayer card, which he hands out to the people he meets, features a grandmother and grandchild from his trip to Romania in early summer 2019. Pope Francis was moved by the smile of a woman he saw among the crowds from his popemobile in the city of Iaşi. Though brief, that moment made an impression on Francis, who mentioned her in his speech soon after, from the square in front of the Palace of Culture. “I do not want to neglect to tell you about an experience I had just as I was coming into the square,” he…

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    Pope Francis thanks sick and elderly priests for proclaiming Gospel of life

    Vatican City, Sep 17, 2020 / 08:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis thanked sick and elderly priests for their quiet witness to the Gospel Thursday in a message that conveyed the sanctifying value of frailty and suffering.  “It is especially to you, dear confreres, who experience old age or the bitter hour of illness, that I feel the need to say thank you. Thank you for the testimony of faithful love of God and the Church. Thank you for the silent proclamation of the Gospel of life,” Pope Francis wrote in a message published Sept. 17. “For our priestly life, frailty can be ‘like a refiner’s fire or a fuller’s lye’…

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    Beatification cause opened for spiritual son of Padre Pio

    Rome Newsroom, Sep 17, 2020 / 07:00 am (CNA).- An Italian archbishop has opened the cause for beatification of a Capuchin friar and spiritual son of St. Padre Pio. Br. Modestino da Pietrelcina, born Damiano Fucci, died on Aug. 14, 2011, at the age of 94, with “a reputation of holiness,” Archbishop Franco Moscone of Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo said in his declaration opening the friar’s cause, signed in late July. Damiano was born in 1917 in Pietrelcina, the southern Italian town that was also Padre Pio’s birthplace. Padre Pio knew Damiano’s family, because he grew up knowing Damiano’s mother, who was his neighbor.  When Padre Pio returned to Pietrelcina as a young…

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    Archbishop Gänswein ‘better’ and grateful for prayers after hospitalization

    CNA Staff, Sep 17, 2020 / 04:00 am (CNA).- Archbishop Georg Gänswein is expected to leave hospital Thursday.  Sources close to the personal secretary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI told CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German language news partner, that he was “better and improving steadily.” Gänswein, 64, thanked those who had prayed for his recovery, saying: “May God reward you for your prayerful support.”  The prefect of the papal household was hospitalized with kidney pain Sept. 11. CNA Deutsch reported that he would leave hospital in Rome Sept. 17 and return to the Vatican. Gänswein was born in Riedern am Wald, Germany, in 1956. In 1995, 11 years after his ordination,…

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    Catholic shrine rector: Mary’s joy is ‘antidote to fear’

    CNA Staff, Sep 17, 2020 / 01:00 am (CNA).- Sharing in Mary’s joy is “the greatest antidote to fear and anxiety,” the outgoing rector of England’s national Marian shrine said Saturday.  Preaching in Westminster Cathedral, London, Sept. 12, Msgr. John Armitage acknowledged the many obstacles that Catholics have faced this year to attending churches and places of pilgrimage.  “Mary, as the first disciple, invites us to share in her joy at the Annunciation, when the ‘Word became flesh and dwelt among us,’” he said in his homily. “This joy, which can only reside in our heart, is not simply an emotion, or strong feeling; it is the knowledge that we…