Tanzanian bishop sees hope, despite growth of extremism

Kondoa, Tanzania, Feb 8, 2014 / 03:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A bishop of a north-central diocese in Tanzania has expressed concern over the growth of radical Islamist violence in the country from foreign sources, while maintaining religious dialogue and hope for the Church. “There is an extremist fringe, it is true, but the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful … the major problem is external influence, which brings with it new interpretations and even usages of Islam,” … [Read more...]

Pope meets with Sri Lankans, welcomes invitation to visit

Vatican City, Feb 8, 2014 / 11:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Today the Pope met with over 1,500 Sri Lankan pilgrims, assuring them of his prayers for continued peace in the conflict-ridden nation and expressing his hope for a future visit. Most of those present were migrants currently living in Italy. After they had participated in a mass celebrated by Sri Lankan Cardinal Malcom Ranjith, Pope Francis joined them saying, “I greet you, dear brothers and sisters of the Sri Lankan community in … [Read more...]

Sainthood causes of over 100 martyrs advanced by Pope

Vatican City, Feb 8, 2014 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope has approved the advancement of the causes for canonization of over one hundred lay Catholics persecuted for their faith, as well as a bishop, a religious sister, and two priests. In a decree on Feb. 7, Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints to promulgate the causes of these Catholics in the various stages of the canonization process. Layman Paul Yun Ji-chung, along with 123 others who lived in … [Read more...]

Pope Francis expected to say Mass for Italian lawmakers

Vatican City, Feb 8, 2014 / 08:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will say Mass March 27 in the grotto of the St. Peter’s Basilica for the members of the Italian parliament, according to a letter written by an auxiliary bishop of Rome. “I am pleased to inform you that on March 27, at 7 a.m., the Holy Father Francis will celebrate a Mass in the ‘grotto’ of Saint Peter’s Basilica with the members of Parliament,” wrote Bishop Lorenzo Leuzzi, an auxiliary of … [Read more...]


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