Fatima statue inspires devotion, prayer in Castel Gandolfo

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Apr 10, 2014 / 02:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Locals and swarms of pilgrims from various parts of the world gathered in Castel Gandolfo outside of Rome recently to show their Marian devotion and join in communal prayer. From April 3-7, the Pontifical Church Saint Thomas of Villanova hosted the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Parish priest Father Pietro Diletti told CNA that the arrival of the statue has sparked an intensity and ardor of faith within the local community as … [Read more...]

Migrants in Holy Land look forward to papal visit

Jaffa, Israel, Apr 10, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Migrant workers in the Holy Land are eagerly awaiting Pope Francis' pilgrimage to Palestine, Israel and Jordan next month, and are praying for its success. “The migrant workers' communities are eagerly awaiting the Pope with joyful expectation,” Fr. Tojy Jose, OFM, head of the Indian Chaplaincy in the Holy Land, told CNA April 5. Pope Francis will travel to the Holy Land May 24-26, marking the 50th anniversary of … [Read more...]

Philippines cardinal worked for peace with Muslims

Manila, Philippines, Apr 9, 2014 / 08:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Orlando Beltran Quevedo, O.M.I., the newest cardinal from the Philippines, is a dedicated servant of the poor who has advocated for peace between Christians and Muslims in the country. The cardinal archbishop of Cotabato told the Philippines news site MindaNews in February that he was not happy when he first learned he had been named a cardinal. Rather, he had a “sense of fear” and a “feeling of … [Read more...]