Priest murdered in Nicaragua, report says

Managua, Nicaragua, Apr 10, 2014 / 05:40 pm (CNA).- A priest who was counseling a married woman outside his parish rectory April 6 was allegedly killed by her husband, who then reportedly killed his wife and turned the gun on himself. “I wish to express the sentiments of deep sorrow that priests, religious and the faithful are experiencing over the recent death in an unfortunate act of murder of Father Juan Francisco Blandon Meza, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in the town of … [Read more...]

Health workers in West Africa respond to Ebola outbreak

Conakry, Guinea, Apr 10, 2014 / 05:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Health care workers are joining forces with Catholic charities and local communities in response to a deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. “I've been here 37 years as a missionary and through five wars, and I say to myself, 'I never thought we'd have Ebola now to look at.' But it's what happened and we have to fix it,” said Sister Barbara Brilliant, a Franciscan Missionary of Mary. Sr. Barbara … [Read more...]

Venezuelan government invites Vatican to peace talks

Caracas, Venezuela, Apr 10, 2014 / 12:24 pm (CNA).- Venezuela's foreign affairs minister, Elias Jaua, has sent a letter to the Vatican, inviting its participation in the National Peace Conference that has been convened by President Nicolas Maduro. The move came after a meeting between Venezuela government officials and the opposition, during which both sides agreed that the Holy See could join in the peace process. In the letter, made public April 9, Jaua sent an invitation on behalf … [Read more...]

Vatican, civil authorities join forces against human trafficking

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2014 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Gathered in Rome to discuss methods for the eradication of human slavery, both law enforcement and Vatican officials exchanged ideas on how to collaborate in combating the issue and caring for victims. “Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity,” Pope Francis exclaimed in his April 10 audience with the conference … [Read more...]

ND priest chosen to preach at NYC Good Friday service

Bismarck, N.D., Apr 10, 2014 / 09:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Monsignor James Shea, this year’s preacher of the Tre Ore service for Good Friday at New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, has said he will speak about how the suffering and death of Christ is “the actual pattern of the Christian life.” “Suffering is meant for us to be something which opens our lives to meaning and to purpose,” Msgr. Shea told CNA April 9. “Suffering that’s empty … [Read more...]

Pope Francis warns against the dictatorship of narrow thought

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2014 / 07:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis cautioned faithful against idealizing one’s own way of thinking and encouraged them to be vigilant in prayer, noting that a closed mind leaves no room for God. “Even today there is a dictatorship of a narrow line of thought” which kills “people’s freedom, their freedom of conscience,” the Pope expressed in his April 10 daily Mass. Speaking to those present in the … [Read more...]

Maidan protests gave rise to a ‘new society’ in Ukraine

Kyiv, Ukraine, Apr 10, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The three months of protests in Kyiv’s Maidan Square were a demonstration of Ukrainians’ moving beyond fear to find their freedom and founding a new society, a philosopher from the country’s east has reflected. “Freedom is needed in order to defend human dignity,” Aleksandr Filonenko, an associate professor of the philosophy of science at the University of Kharkiv, told CNA April 8. “We are not … [Read more...]


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