Scholars say Copts leaving Egypt face challenges of identity

Washington D.C., Aug 26, 2013 / 05:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Coptic Christians must turn to their centuries-long history of overcoming obstacles as they seek to maintain their identity while fleeing violence amid Egyptian upheaval, scholars said at a recent event.“Yes it's a story of decline, but also of survival; yes it’s a story of decay, but it’s one of endurance as well,” said Samuel Tadros, author of the recent book, “Motherland Lost: The Egyptian and … [Read more...]

Pope Francis thanks Rio governor for warm welcome at WYD

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 26, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The governor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has received a letter from Pope Francis offering thanks for the city’s hospitality during his visit in July for World Youth Day.“It is with great joy that we share with the population of Rio a message of Pope Francisco,” said Rio governor, Sérgio Cabral Filho on Aug. 25.He said that the letter, received on Aug. 23, “moves us.”Pope Francis was in … [Read more...]

Pope to say opening Mass at meeting of Augustinian leaders

Vatican City, Aug 26, 2013 / 11:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Aug. 28, Pope Francis will say Mass at the “chapter” of the Order of Saint Augustine, a meeting of the group's leaders which will elect a new head as well as set out their aims for the next six years.The Pope will head the Eucharistic celebration at the Basilica of Saint Augustine in Campo Marzio to launch the chapter, which takes place every six years, lasts for about two to three weeks and will start this Wednesday, … [Read more...]