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...]

Pope dubs parish ‘sentinel’ for Rome diocese

Rome, Italy, May 27, 2013 / 09:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Saints Elizabeth and Zechariah was the first church in the Diocese of Rome that Pope Francis visited, and enthusiasm was high as presided over First Communion for 16 children. The Pope was welcomed by thousands of parishioners and the pastor, Father Benoni Ambarus, who noted that the parish, located on the northern outskirts of Rome in Prima Porta, can be seen either as the last one in the Rome diocese, or as the first, as a sentinel that … [Read more...]

Military archbishop honors, gives thanks for US veterans

Washington D.C., May 26, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the military archdiocese honored veterans and those on active duty, thanking members of the armed forces and praying for all who have served in the protection of the United States. “We gather in this Basilica of the National Shrine to the Immaculate Conception, because we want to give thanks in that perfect prayer for all of those who have served,” said Archbishop Timothy Broglio at the May 19 Mass of … [Read more...]

Wisconsin cardinal takes possession of Roman see

Rome, Italy, May 26, 2013 / 02:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Far from his native Milwaukee, Cardinal James M. Harvey took possession of his “titular church” in Rome, a vibrant suburban parish that will now look to him as its cardinal patron. “Be assured of my continued remembrance in the Lord and of my friendship, my friendship for all of you regardless of how you collaborate within this reality, this parish community,” Cardinal Harvey told parishioners at St. Pius V a Villa … [Read more...]


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