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...]

Salesians’ new leader worked with Bergoglio in Argentina

Rome, Italy, Mar 29, 2014 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Angel Fernandez Artime, a Spaniard who most recently served as provincial in southern Argentina, was elected rector major of the Salesians of St. John Bosco March 25. “I abandon myself to the Lord,” Fr. Fernandez said upon his election. “We ask Don Bosco and Mary Help of Christians to accompany us and to accompany me, with my brother Salesians and with the Congregation, and I accept with faith.” Fr. … [Read more...]

Vatican hosts day of study on family and creation

Vatican City, Mar 29, 2014 / 02:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday the Pontifical Council for the Family sponsored a day of reflection on the family as the custodian of the created world. “We wanted to promote a day of reflection with the organization Greenaccord, on the theme ‘Family, Safeguard the Creation!’,” Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, told CNA March 29. “In this time in the Church there is much … [Read more...]

Witness to Christ, Pope urges blind and deaf

Vatican City, Mar 29, 2014 / 10:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis held an audience with the blind and deaf on Saturday, encouraging them to become witnesses of Christ and to build a culture of encounter rather than exclusion. “We think of the many whom Jesus wanted to meet, above all people marked by illness and disability, to heal them and to restore their full dignity to them. It is very important that such persons become witnesses of a new approach, that we could call a … [Read more...]

Scholar recounts black Catholics’ rich history

Baltimore, Md., Mar 29, 2014 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Black Catholics across the globe have dedicated their talents and their lives to their faith since earliest days of the Church, a Catholic author and scholar has said. “Black Catholicism is not something new. From the very first century, people of color have been involved in the universal Church,” Dr. Camille Brown, author of the 2008 book “African Saints, African Stories,” told CNA. “They have embraced … [Read more...]

Churches answer Pope’s call for 24 hours of Confession

Vatican City, Mar 28, 2014 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As many dioceses the world over begin to offer special round-the clock periods of Confession, Pope Francis stressed that conversion is “a commitment that lasts a lifetime.” “Who among us can be assumed not to be a sinner? No one,” the Pope said at a March 28 penitential service at St. Peter’s Basilica which stressed the power of forgiveness through Christ. “The love of Jesus Christ lasts forever, … [Read more...]