New film shows heroism, strength of English martyrs

London, England, Oct 13, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA).- The new film “Faith of Our Fathers” examines the Catholic martyrs of the English Reformation, whose fortitude is a reminder that persecution strengthens the Church, a presenter of the film has noted. “I think perhaps the heroism and strength of Catholicism through that period, when we were given so many saints, martyrs and heroes, wouldn't have happened without the persecution,” said Fr. Marcus Holden, a priest of … [Read more...]

Thank your family, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2013 / 01:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Sunday preached about the importance of gratitude and thankfulness for the Christian community and for family life.“If we can realize that everything is God’s gift, how happy will our hearts be! Everything is his gift. He is our strength!” he told the crowd of about 150,000 gathered for Mass in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 13. “Saying ‘thank you’ is such an easy thing, and yet … [Read more...]

Pope entrusts world to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2013 / 11:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Sunday entrusted the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to her maternal care before the image of Our Lady of Fatima, asking Mary’s help to “revive and grow faith.”“Our Lady of Fatima, with renewed gratitude for your maternal presence, we join our voice to that of all the generations that have called you blessed,” Pope Francis said at the close of Mass in St. Peter’s Square Oct. … [Read more...]

Head of Comboni Missionary Sisters urges renewal

Rome, Italy, Oct 13, 2013 / 07:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ten years after the canonization of Saint Daniel Comboni, the head of the Comboni Missionary Sisters has exhorted the congregation’s members to deepen their focus on Christ as they pursue their founder’s work.Sister Luzia Premoli, the missionary sisters’ general superior, in an Oct. 5 letter to the congregation, encouraged the sisters to continue to become “women of the Gospel, mothers and sisters of humanity in … [Read more...]