Priest conceived in rape recounts journey to forgive father

CNA STAFF, Feb 18, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- A priest who was conceived in rape when his mother was only 13 years old is sharing the story of how he met, forgave and heard the confession of his father, who is now living a life of faith.“I could have ended up in a trash can, but I was allowed to live,” said Father Luis Alfredo Leon Armijos of Loja, Ecuador.In a Feb. 6 telephone interview with CNA, Fr. Leon, who is pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Loja, said his mother, Maria Eugenia … [Read more...]

Knights of Malta leader praises Pope’s character

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2013 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Pope Benedict XVI serves his last days in office, the head of the Knights of Malta paid tribute to him by describing the pontiff as “a marvelous person with a great sense of humor.”“I will remember him with great affection, and I think he is the most marvelous person,” said the prince and grandmaster of the Order of Malta, Matthew Festing, of which Pope Benedict is also a member.“He is very well … [Read more...]

Mother who cooked for Pope recalls his paternal care

Madrid, Spain, Feb 18, 2013 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).-  A woman who helped cook for the Pope during his visit to Spain in 2011 said the Holy Father looked at those who prepared his meal the way that she looks at her children.During Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Madrid for World Youth Day, a group of teachers from the Fuenllana School prepared lunch for him. Diana Cabrera, a mother of three, teacher and host of a cooking show on Spanish television, was among those who … [Read more...]

Pope’s retreat focuses on faces of God and man

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2013 / 07:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Along with the rest of the Roman Curia, Pope Benedict XVI began his second day of spiritual exercises by reflecting on Psalm 119 and the “light that breaks the darkness, especially in today's culture.” “The comparison with the Word is essential, it shows us the true scale of values, often calculated only in things, in money, power,” Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi told the Pope Feb. 18 at the Apostolic … [Read more...]


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