Priest shares God’s love on Ohio’s death row

Columbus, Ohio, Sep 1, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Ohio priest says his ministry to prisoners on death row has strengthened his conviction in the power of God’s forgiveness, even among prisoners who feel like “pariahs.”   “People preparing for death are the same whether they are in a hospice setting or a prison. They live each day, trying to find a reason for hope,” Fr. Lawrence Hummer told CNA Aug. 30. “When they discover the power of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis announces global prayer vigil for peace on Sept. 7

Vatican City, Sep 1, 2013 / 07:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Departing from his typical reflections on the Sunday gospel, Pope Francis used his Angelus audience today to call for peace throughout the world, particularly in conflict-ridden Syria. “I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me,” he said to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 1. “There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these … [Read more...]

Secretary Kerry asks Iran to release American pastor

Washington D.C., Sep 1, 2013 / 07:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has renewed calls for the Iranian government to release American citizen Saeed Abedini, a Christian pastor serving an eight-year sentence on religion-related charges. “The United States respectfully asks the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to work cooperatively with us in our efforts to help U.S. citizens,” Secretary Kerry asked in an Aug. 29 press release, to “return to … [Read more...]