Religious sisters bring witness of prayer to Bismarck diocese

Bismarck, N.D., Mar 30, 2014 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two groups of religious sisters new to North Dakota’s Diocese of Bismarck bring the blessings of prayer and their examples of faith and service to the area, an official with the local Church said. “One of the things you see about both of these groups of sisters is that they live lives of joy,” Matthew Kurtz, communications director for the Bismarck diocese, told CNA March 28. “They exude joy; that will be one … [Read more...]

Program offers African students ‘second home’ in Rome

Rome, Italy, Mar 30, 2014 / 10:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- African students studying in Rome are finding a home away from home in an outreach program dedicated to accompanying them spiritually, culturally, and socially. “We think of home a lot--our parents, our families that we left behind… therefore this is our second home,” Leodmila Amona of Mozambique, told CNA on March 30. Amona is a participant in the Servizio Universitario Africano outreach program, based in temporary … [Read more...]

Lawyer identifies key groups in European persecution of Christians

Rome, Italy, Mar 30, 2014 / 07:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Legal counsel Paul Coleman has spoken of the increasing persecution of Christians in Europe, identifying the main groups driving ideological agendas counter to Church teaching. Anti-Christian ideologies at the U.N. are “being advanced by three different groups,” Coleman told CNA in a March 23 interview, the first being “activist organizations, the primary drivers behind the movement.” “Then you have … [Read more...]

Be open to the light of Christ, encourages Pope

Vatican City, Mar 30, 2014 / 05:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Sunday Angelus message, Pope Francis urged the faithful to open themselves to the light of Christ and not be hindered by pride or interior blindness. “Sometimes unfortunately ... from the height of our pride we judge others, and even the Lord! Today, we are invited to open ourselves to the light of Christ to bear fruit in our lives, to get rid of the behaviors that are not Christian,” Pope Francis encouraged those … [Read more...]