Vietnamese Catholics commemorate 117 martyrs as models of faith

Ayutthaya, Thailand, Nov 28, 2013 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vietnamese Catholics living in Thailand gathered on Nov. 17 to celebrate the witness of 117 canonized martyrs of their homeland. Remembering their country's martyrs is an imperative for Vietnamese expatriates, Fr. Anthony Le Duc, secretary of the Federation of Vietnamese Catholics in Thailand, told CNA, because they are “shining examples of faith, and remind expatriates the rich heritage of their faith which was hard … [Read more...]

End times will bring greater persecution to Christians, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 28, 2013 / 10:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on the end times, saying that faith will be increasingly pushed out of the public square and that persecution of Christians is a “prophecy” of what is to come. The Pope directed his comments to those gathered in the chapel of the Vatican's Saint Martha guesthouse for his daily Mass on Nov. 28. Reflecting on the day's reading taken from the Gospel of Luke, in which Jesus … [Read more...]

Vatican astronomer: science opens the door to dialogue

Vatican City, Nov 28, 2013 / 06:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading astronomer in the Vatican Observatory stated that the study of science provides a unique forum to discuss man’s deep and existential questions about the origins and meaning of life.“We in the astronomical community give the permission to everyone else to talk about their religious legs, and we discover it’s not all that different,” Br. Guy Consolmagno affirmed in a Nov. 22 interview with CNA.Br. Guy … [Read more...]

DC Catholics help bring Thanksgiving dinner to the hungry

Washington D.C., Nov 28, 2013 / 06:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in the nation’s capital are opening their hearts – and kitchens – to the poor, hungry and homeless in their neighborhoods for Thanksgiving this year. “Thanksgiving is a time of the year for all of us to reflect with gratitude on the many blessings we have received,” said Monsignor James D. Watkins, pastor of Immaculate Conception parish, who organizes a Thanksgiving ministry to the poor in the … [Read more...]

Decision to move US embassy to Vatican sparks controversy

Washington D.C., Nov 27, 2013 / 04:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The relocation of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See has come under fire from past U.S. ambassadors who say the move will diminish its influence, though State Department officials defend the decision as good for security. Former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See James Nicholson said the embassy’s planned move to the grounds of the U.S. Embassy to Italy is “another manifestation of the antipathy of this administration both to … [Read more...]

Fruits of the Year of Faith just beginning, cardinal says

Rome, Italy, Nov 27, 2013 / 03:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy Collins of Toronto reflected at the close of the Year of Faith that many visible fruits can already been seen, but that the true depth of these will not be known until coming years.With “the most important things in our life, the fruits are seen much, much later,” noted Cardinal Collins in a Nov. 21 interview with CNA.The Canadian prelate was present in Rome to participate in the celebration of the 125th … [Read more...]

Archbishop Gomez honors slain Salvadoran in LA ceremony

Los Angeles, Calif., Nov 27, 2013 / 01:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop José H. Gomez blessed a plaza dedicated to Archbishop Oscar Romero at a Los Angeles Park Nov. 23, praising the peaceful vision of the murdered Salvadoran archbishop.“This gathering today is such a beautiful witness to his memory. My friends, this is what Archbishop Romero lived for,” Archbishop Gomez said Nov. 23 at MacArthur Park in Central Los Angeles.“To see the rich and poor, the powerful … [Read more...]