Iranian government arrests Christian pastor, closes church

Washington D.C., May 28, 2013 / 05:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The pastor of a Pentecostal church in Iran was arrested last week during a religious service, and the church has now been closed by government officials, according to news reports.“These incidents appear to be an attempt to stop worship services from being conducted in Farsi, the language of the majority of Iranians,” said George Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God in the United States.He explained to … [Read more...]

Pope: when Christians lack difficulties, ‘something is wrong’

Vatican City, May 28, 2013 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Faithful Christians will always face difficulties, said Pope Francis on Tuesday, warning that a worldly, career-based approach to faith avoids the suffering and persecution inherent in following Christ.“Many Christians, tempted by the spirit of the world, think that following Jesus is good because it can become a career, they can get ahead,” the Pope said.“When a Christian has no difficulties in life – when … [Read more...]

San Lorenzo soccer team honors Pope on Marian feast

Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 28, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The San Lorenzo de Almagro soccer team celebrated the feast of Mary Help of Christians on May 24 by unveiling a plaque honoring one of their most famous “fans,” Pope Francis.The feast is marked each year by a special Mass. Two years ago, that Mass was celebrated by then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, who is now Pope Francis.At the end of this year’s Mass, the club’s secretary Marcelo … [Read more...]

Adoration with Pope energizing Catholics worldwide

Vatican City, May 28, 2013 / 06:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic world will be united with Pope Francis on the Feast of Corpus Christi as he leads a “historic” hour of simultaneous Eucharistic Adoration. “Even some islands in the middle of the ocean … at two in the morning – they don’t have electricity – but even with that they will be in communion with us and Pope Francis for one hour,” Archbishop Rino Fisichella said as he explained the … [Read more...]


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