Archbishop offers prayers, support to Fort Hood victims

Washington D.C., Apr 3, 2014 / 05:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop for the Military Services, as well as President Obama and Texas Gov. Rick Perry offered their condolences and prayers to the victims of a shooting at the Fort Hood army base, and their families. Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services expressed his condolences April 3 for the families of those who lost loved ones in the shooting, and added that as "believers we also pray for the … [Read more...]

Pope sends message of condolence after earthquake rocks Chile

Santiago, Chile, Apr 3, 2014 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis sent a letter to Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago, Chile, after the country was hit by an 8.2 magnitude earthquake on April 1, which reportedly killed six people and caused significant damage. “I wish to send all Chileans my affection and closeness,” the Pope said in his letter. He told Chileans that he was “deeply saddened upon learning the news of the earthquake that has resulted in deaths and … [Read more...]

La. House passes abortion clinic regulations to protect women

Shreveport, La., Apr 3, 2014 / 03:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Louisiana House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved new safety regulations requiring that abortion doctors have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, rules which could lead most abortion clinics in the state to close. “We are thrilled that the Louisiana House of Representatives overwhelming passed H.B. 388 to protect the health and safety of women,” Benjamin Clapper, executive director of Louisiana Right … [Read more...]

Pope entrusts Rwandan reconciliation to Our Lady of Kibeho

Vatican City, Apr 3, 2014 / 02:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Meeting with the Rwandan bishops for their ad limina visit Thursday, Pope Francis urged them to be be agents of reconciliation, commending them to the Marian apparition at Kibeho, in the country's south. “Rwanda will in a few days commemorate the 20th anniversary of the horrible genocide which has brought such suffering and wounds, which are still far from healed,” the Pope said April 3 at the Vatican. “I join … [Read more...]

Jerusalem Patriarch condemns monastery vandalism

Jerusalem, Israel, Apr 3, 2014 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem has lamented the recent anti-Christian vandalism of a Catholic monastery and shrine near Jerusalem as “madness.” The patriarch, visiting the monastery April 1, said that other Christians, like the monastery's nuns, “will continue to pray for these sick minds, so that the Lord takes away their ignorance and their narrowness of mind.” “However, we must not be … [Read more...]

Pope: Real prayer is courageous, frank dialogue with God

Vatican City, Apr 3, 2014 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass Pope Francis reflected on the prayer of Moses to God in the first reading, saying that true prayer should be like speaking to a friend – with boldness and without fear. “The Bible says that Moses spoke to the Lord face to face, like with a friend. This is how prayer should be: free, insistent, with debate. And also scolding the Lord a little,” the Pope said April 3. Speaking to those present in … [Read more...]

Pope, Queen enjoy casual tea during first meeting

Vatican City, Apr 3, 2014 / 09:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although short, the April 3 encounter between Pope Francis and Queen Elizabeth in the Vatican has been described as cordial and informal, during which the two exchanged gifts and casual conversation. Taking place in the papal office of the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, the official tea between the Bishop of Rome and the British Monarch came after the Queen’s lunch with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, and lasted only 17 … [Read more...]