Three abducted priests in Crimea returned safely

Kyiv, Ukraine, Mar 16, 2014 / 05:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Three priests of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church who were kidnapped in Crimea over the weekend have reportedly been returned and are safe. “We have just spoken with Fr. Nicholas Kvych, pastor of the UGCC in Sevastopol. With the help of his parishioners he was able to leave Crimea, and he is now on mainland Ukraine,” the information service of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said in a statement released late in the … [Read more...]

Thai nuns share ray of hope among landfill scavengers

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Mar 16, 2014 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of missionary sisters are bringing humanitarian assistance to the scavengers who live in the rubbish dump of the Thai city Lopburi. “We bring to them the necessary, basic items of life, and spend some time teaching them, sharing their struggles, and encouraging their shattered hopes,” Sr. Mary Clare Thong IN, superior of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres in Lopburi, told CNA March 11. Lopburi is a … [Read more...]

Let the word of God grow in your heart, encourages Pope

Vatican City, Mar 16, 2014 / 08:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis reflected on the scene of the Transfiguration, emphasizing the importance of listening to God, especially in scripture, and of sharing the Gospel with others. “And this is curious. When we hear the Word of God, listen to the Word of God and have it in our heart, that Word grows. And do you know how it grows? Giving it to others!” the Pope exclaimed in his March 16 Angelus … [Read more...]

Philly Catholics join ‘Mass Mob’ trend to support churches

Philadelphia, Pa., Mar 16, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have planned their first “Mass Mob” in the north of the city, seeking to rally scores of people to a beautiful but sparsely attended church. “It’s an opportunity for people from all over the archdiocese to come together as a community,” Mass Mob Philly organizer Ben DiFrancesco, a 28-year-old software engineer, told CNA March 14. “It’s an … [Read more...]