Syrian patriarch asks Vatican to increase peace efforts

Rome, Italy, Apr 18, 2013 / 05:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The most powerful Catholic leader in Syria met Pope Francis today to ask the Vatican to get more involved in bringing peace to his tortured homeland. “I think it’s time the Vatican plays a bigger role, when we hear about weapons here and there,” said Patriarch Gregory III Laham. “We want to hear the voice of the Holy Father saying, ‘This is a sin, it is against humanity,’” he told reporters … [Read more...]

School kids support seminarians through letter campaign

Blackwood, N.J., Apr 18, 2013 / 04:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic men studying to be priests have expressed their “deepest appreciation” for words and prayers of encouragement from grade school students participating in a New Jersey letter-writing campaign.“Please convey my deepest appreciation to the children and tell them to continue their prayers for us here,” one seminarian wrote. “God does indeed hear the prayers of little children.”In a project … [Read more...]

School children support seminarians through letter campaign

Blackwood, N.J., Apr 18, 2013 / 04:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic men studying to be priests have expressed their “deepest appreciation” for words and prayers of encouragement from grade school students participating in a New Jersey letter-writing campaign.“Please convey my deepest appreciation to the children and tell them to continue their prayers for us here,” one seminarian wrote. “God does indeed hear the prayers of little children.”In a project … [Read more...]

Imprisoned American pastor reportedly weak from torture

Washington D.C., Apr 18, 2013 / 02:07 am (CNA).- Human rights advocates are warning that the health of an American citizen imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith is rapidly deteriorating due to physical and psychological abuse.For months, said Jordan Sekulow, executive director for the American Center for Law and Justice, Pastor Saeed Abedini “has been suffering from internal bleeding” cause by “injuries received from the beatings in prison.”“In what could … [Read more...]

Author calls for US ‘Catholic subculture’ to regain identity

Denver, Colo., Apr 18, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- To counter decades of Catholics becoming absorbed into secular American culture, noted author and journalist Russell Shaw is proposing a new Catholic “subculture” committed to evangelization.“We're no longer evangelizing the culture, we've been evangelized by it, and it's not good for the secular culture, and it's destroying us as a religious community,” Shaw told CNA on April 16.“My critique of … [Read more...]


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