Catholics begin to build new church in the Emirates

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Jul 29, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in the town of Mussafah in the United Arab Emirates have begun construction on a new church dedicated to St. Paul.   Bishop Paul Hinder, O.F.M., the Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia, blessed the church’s foundation stone on June 29 in the presence of the local Catholic community, including priests and religious missionaries .“God dwells in each person ... and with faith and love (is) … [Read more...]

In spite of challenges, global youth plan for Krakow

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 29, 2013 / 10:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Young global participants in Rio de Janeiro's World Youth Day say that traveling to Krakow, Poland in 2016 for the next event “will be a great challenge,” but that “we’ll be there.”Arturo Fernandez, from the Diocese of Morón in Argentine, told CNA that young people “will do as much as possible to attend the next World Youth Day. We get together and pray hard to be able to … [Read more...]

World Youth Day vigil was ‘spectacular,’ say pilgrims in Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 29, 2013 / 09:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Young people participating in the World Youth Day prayer vigil in Rio de Janeiro before the final Mass with Pope Francis said the experience left a mark on them.“The vigil was something spectacular,” said Yoel Aparicio from Lima, Peru.“Visiting Brazil isn’t just visiting Brazil,” he told CNA, “because the Pope asks you to go back to your parish to share everything you have … [Read more...]

Pope gives surprising in-flight press conference

Rome, Italy, Jul 29, 2013 / 09:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis finished off his trip to Brazil with one last unscripted moment by holding a 1 hour and 20 minute press conference during the flight back to Rome. The July 28 meeting with journalists covered everything from the canonization of Blessed John Paul II to an investigation of a Vatican monsignor who allegedly lived in a homosexual relationship. Monsignor Battista Ricca was recently made secretary of the commission of cardinals … [Read more...]

Vatican, Italy sign money laundering prevention agreement

Vatican City, Jul 29, 2013 / 05:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican and Italy have reached an agreement on sharing financial information that will help the two countries prevent money laundering and the financing of terrorism. “The Holy See and the Vatican City State take international responsibilities concerning Anti- Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism very seriously, and Italy is an especially important partner for us,” said René Brülhart, the director … [Read more...]

Hundreds in DC celebrate World Youth Day locally

Washington D.C., Jul 29, 2013 / 05:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Over 500 local pilgrims flocked to the Franciscan Monastery in Washington D.C. on Saturday to join in prayer and show solidarity with the millions of World Youth Day pilgrims in Rio de Janeiro.“The beauty of the Universal Church is that you can feel close  to the Bishop of Rome, not because he is the Church, but because he represents a Church that is universal but also local. You can’t separate those two … [Read more...]

Britain’s online porn ban hailed as sensible solution

London, England, Jul 29, 2013 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A British plan to apply family-friendly filters to internet connections by default has drawn praise as a thoughtful way to balance the free flow of information with the protection of people from harm. U.K. prime minister David Cameron announced in a July 22 speech that the government had reach an agreement with the nation's biggest internet service providers, covering 95 percent of British homes, to block access to pornography … [Read more...]