Expert says social media changes are evangelization opportunity

Rome, Italy, Apr 15, 2014 / 04:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The internet and social media have caused major changes in human communication, but also create a “tremendous opportunity” for evangelization, a communications expert with the U.S. bishops has said. “The new social media built off of the internet and the web are really changing how we understand ourselves as humans and how we understand communications,” Helen Osman, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ … [Read more...]

Obama says Pope Francis is a reminder of human dignity

Washington D.C., Apr 15, 2014 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking at the 2014 Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama reflected on his recent meeting with Pope Francis, whom he described as an inspiration. “I’ll tell you, I felt this spirit when I had the great honor of meeting His Holiness, Pope Francis,” the president said, recalling his March 27 meeting with the Holy Father at the Vatican. “I think it’s fair to say that … [Read more...]

Pope Francis will give Gospels to the imprisoned for Holy Week

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2014 / 10:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See announced earlier today that those incarcerated at the Roman prison “Regina Coeli” will receive a pocket-sized copy of the Gospels as a gift from Pope Francis for Easter. According to the Vatican’s announcement, 1200 copies of the small Gospels will be delivered to the “Regina Coeli” prison on Wednesday of Holy Week, the day before the Easter Triduum begins. It is the same copy that the Pope … [Read more...]

‘I can’t leave my people’: Priest killed in Syria hailed as martyr

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2014 / 07:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Days after Dutch priest Fr. Frans van der Lugt S.J. was murdered in Syria, a close young friend recalled his saintly life, noting both his personal holiness and extraordinary advances in Christian-Muslim relations. Wael Salibi, 26, recalled how when the Christian area in Homs was taken over by rebels, 66,000 of the faithful "left their home, and just few of them stayed there. He was the only priest, he stayed in his … [Read more...]

John XXIII and the beginning of the fall of the Iron Curtain

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While Pope, Bl. John XXIII began a dialogue with the Soviet Union that led to the eventual fall of the Iron Curtain during the pontificate of his successor John Paul II, both of whom will be canonized April 27. In 1961, the birthday of “Good Pope John” became the occasion for the first communication between the Soviet Union and the Vatican since the October Revolution of 1917. Semen Kozyrev, the Soviet ambassador to Italy, … [Read more...]

Pauline monk appointed bishop of rural Australian diocese

Forbes, Australia, Apr 15, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis appointed Saturday Fr. Columba Macbeth-Green, a Pauline Father, as Bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes, a rural diocese in the Australian state of New South Wales. “If someone told me a month ago that I would be appointed Bishop of the Wilcannia-Forbes diocese, I would have said they were joking. I still can't believe it's actually happened,” Fr. Macbeth-Green said April 12. “When I became a monk I … [Read more...]

Amid backlash after resignation, Mozilla says it respects diverse views

Mountain View, Calif., Apr 15, 2014 / 12:57 am (CNA).- The controversial resignation of Mozilla Corporation CEO Brendan Eich prompted thousands of negative comments at the Web browser company’s website, though the company now says it accepts those who do not support a redefinition of marriage. Since Eich’s April 3 resignation from Mozilla, the producer of the popular Firefox Web browser, tens of thousands of people have left negative comments on the Firefox feedback page. Many … [Read more...]