Priest murdered in Syria witnessed to Christ’s love

Homs, Syria, Apr 7, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA).- A priest of the Society of Jesus who refused to leave his flock in the Syrian city of Homs was murdered by an unknown gunman Monday morning. Fr. Frans van der Lugt, a native of the Netherlands, was killed April 7. He was caring for the fewer than 30 Christians who remain in the Old City district of Homs, which has been blockaded by the Syrian regime for nearly two years. “Where people die, their faithful shepherds also die with them,” … [Read more...]

Argentine archbishop defends baptism of child with lesbian parents

Cordoba, Argentina, Apr 7, 2014 / 04:44 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Carlos Nanez of Cordoba, Argentina, explained that the recent baptism of a baby who is being raised by her biological mother and the woman’s lesbian partner is not an endorsement of their lifestyle. Rather, he said in statements to CNA, the case “is like that of any other person who asks for baptism.” “The one that is receiving baptism is the girl. It is her right,” he underscored. His comments … [Read more...]

God’s mercy goes beyond our sin, Pope Francis reflects

Vatican City, Apr 7, 2014 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Mass said Monday, Pope Francis reflected on the biblical scene in which Jesus prevents the stoning of an adulterous woman, observing how the Lord’s forgiveness extends even beyond what is considered just. “Jesus goes beyond the law. He does not say: ‘adultery is not a sin!’ But he does not condemn it according to law,” the Pope explained in his April 7 homily during Mass said at the St. Martha … [Read more...]

Twenty years after genocide, Church helps Rwanda heal

Kigali, Rwanda, Apr 7, 2014 / 11:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Boniface Hakizimana lives in a rural area of Southern Rwanda. He lives peacefully with the widow next door, Viviane N'Habimana. They help each other and support each other when difficulties arise. At first glance, this arrangement might not appear extraordinary. However, this harmonious relationship is anything but typical, because Hakizimana is responsible for the murder of N’Habimana’s husband 20 years ago. April 7, … [Read more...]

Those who truly seek goodness will be led to God, Pope affirms

Vatican City, Apr 7, 2014 / 09:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his March 31 interview with Belgian communications students, Pope Francis gave a message to both believers and non-believers, stating that if one genuinely seeks beauty, they will find a path to the Lord. “When man finds himself, he seeks God. Maybe he is unable to find him, but walks on a path of honesty, seeking truth, on a path of goodness and a path of beauty,” the pontiff said. “For me, a young person who … [Read more...]

University course highlights role of media in evangelization

Vatican City, Apr 7, 2014 / 04:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Santa Croce University in Rome is offering a multifaceted communications course, emphasizing the importance of the field for evangelization, and preparing students for difficulties they may encounter. “I would say that if Jesus had lived in the 21st century, he would have certainly used television, Twitter, Internet to communicate himself, because this is lived-in real world,” Fr. Sergio Tapio Velasco said in an inverview with … [Read more...]

Transcript: Pope Francis’ March 31 interview with Belgian youth

Vatican City, Apr 7, 2014 / 04:29 am (CNA).- Pope Francis recently gave an interview at the Vatican to some youth from Flanders, Belgium, accompanied by the Bishop of Ghent, Luc Van Looy. The Holy See Press office has released the text of the March 31 interview in Italian. The young people posed their questions in English and the Pope responded in Italian. Below is Catholic News Agency’s translation, done by the agency's Alan Holdren and Kerri Lenartowick.They are part of a group … [Read more...]