History, truth, and politics: Researcher seeks to clear the record on Junipero Serra

Los Angeles, Calif., Mar 29, 2015 / 04:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- California missionary Father Junipero Serra’s canonization is “long overdue,” says a university professor concerned that the priest’s history has been politicized and misrepresented. “When he died, many native peoples came to the mission for his burial. They openly wept. Others of his colleagues and even colonists, believed that he would be made a saint, because of the way he had lived his life, a … [Read more...]

A sweet sign of hope: Pope’s envoy returns to Iraq with Easter cake

Vatican City, Mar 29, 2015 / 06:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' personal envoy to Iraq will return to the country during Holy Week, bringing with him the pontiff's love and solidarity along with a special gift from the diocese of Rome: cake.   “During Holy Week, which is now close, these families are sharing with Christ the unjust violence of which they are victims, and participating in the pain of the same Christ,” a March 27 statement from the Vatican … [Read more...]

Holy Week is about humility – there is no other way, Pope says

Rome, Italy, Mar 29, 2015 / 05:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Palm Sunday said that imitating the humility of Jesus is what makes Holy Week “holy,” and encouraged attendees to mimic his attitude of humiliation as the week unfolds. Referring to the day’s second reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians, which recounts how Jesus “humbled himself” by taking on human form, the Pope said that “these words show us God’s way and … [Read more...]

A ‘wee movie with a big message’ for the people of Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland, Mar 29, 2015 / 02:35 am (CNA).- Scottish Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh is launching a new promo film across social media as he unveils his plans for the future of the Catholic Church in his part of Scotland.   “It’s a wee movie with a big message – bringing the joy of the Gospel to a contemporary Scottish society in desperate need of the healing love of Jesus Christ,” Archbishop Cushley said March 29.   The plans … [Read more...]

Pope’s delegation offers comfort, communion to Iraqi refugees

Erbil, Iraq, Mar 28, 2015 / 06:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Hoping to awaken the world conscience on Iraq, a Pontifical delegation traveled to Erbil and Dohuk to foster local communion and shed light on the dramatic plight of Christians in the country. The delegation also offered an icon of Our Lady Undoer of Knots, blessed by Pope Francis, to the local bishops. “Our goal is to foster communion among Caritas and the other charitable agencies operating in Iraq to assist internally … [Read more...]

Church in Cuba enters new era with thaw of US diplomatic relations

Havana, Cuba, Mar 28, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- As the fifty year economic embargo and diplomatic isolation between the U.S. and Cuba comes to a close, the thaw of their historically icy relationship could have more than just social and cultural implications. The renewed affiliation between the two countries, which began late last year, could have implications on how the Church operates in Cuba. In fact, the first Catholic church since the 1959 Cuban revolution is set to be … [Read more...]

500 years after birth, witness of St. Teresa of Avila remains strong, says Pope

Vatican City, Mar 28, 2015 / 01:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the 500th anniversary of St. Teresa of Avila's birth, Pope Francis praised the Spanish mystic and reformer for her witness of self-gift to God, as well as her particular relevance during this Year of Consecrated Life. “How much goodness does the testimony of her consecration – born directly from the encounter with Christ, her experience of prayer as continuous dialogue with God, and her community life, rooted in the … [Read more...]