Husband of condemned Sudanese woman reiterates commitment

Khartoum, Sudan, May 31, 2014 / 03:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The husband of Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death for allegedly abandoning Islam, says his wife is standing by her faith despite possible execution. “I know my wife. She's committed,” Daniel Wani told CNN May 30. “Even last week, they brought in Sheikhs and she told them: ‘I’m pretty sure I’m not going to change my mind’.” Ibrahim, 27, gave birth to a … [Read more...]

‘You can make a better world,’ Pope tells disadvantaged children

Vatican City, May 31, 2014 / 08:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This morning the “Ode to Joy” rang out from a teenaged orchestra as Pope Francis entered a room packed with 400 Italian school children from disadvantaged homes. They waved and cheered as the Pope spoke to them in simple terms about the importance of light and love in a dark world.Today’s meeting was the second of its kind, a collaboration between the Pontifical Council for Culture’s “Court of the … [Read more...]

Freiburg archdiocese given new bishop, from among its priests

Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, May 31, 2014 / 08:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Stephan Burger, a priest of the Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau, was appointed archbishop of the same local Church, vacant since September, by Pope Francis on Friday. “We are grateful to Pope Francis and are all glad that the time of waiting for a new archbishop is finally over,” Bishop Bernd Uhl, an auxiliary of Freiburg, said May 30. “We are able to choose Stephan Burger as a competent … [Read more...]

Proposed Nicea ecumenical meeting ‘nice’ idea, Vatican spokesman says

Vatican City, May 31, 2014 / 01:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In response to media reports that Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew I will meet for an ecumenical gathering in Nicea in 2025, the Vatican's spokesman said that such a meeting would be a positive encounter.Father Federico Lombardi told CNA that a meeting between the two leaders “is a nice proposal from Bartholomew, just as his proposal for an encounter on the 50th anniversary meeting between Paul VI and Athenagoras I … [Read more...]

Lawyer: Colo. baker forced to choose between faith, work

Denver, Colo., May 30, 2014 / 05:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A commission’s ruling that Colorado baker Jack Phillips must bake same-sex “wedding” cakes forces him to choose between violating his conscience and supporting his family, the baker’s lawyer said. “In America, we don’t separate a person’s creative expression from what he believes. Jack simply exercised the long-cherished American freedom to decline to use his artistic and creative talents to … [Read more...]

Abducted Catholic priest released in Ukraine amid unrest

Kyiv, Ukraine, May 30, 2014 / 12:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the midst of ongoing fighting in eastern Ukraine, a Roman Catholic priest from Poland who was kidnapped May 27 by separatists in the city of Donetsk has been released. Father Pawel Vitka says he was accused of being a spy by separatists affiliated with the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. Fr. Vitka, who works in Kazakhstan but was visiting a fellow priest in Ukraine at the time, was freed after 24 hours in … [Read more...]

Christian joy is based in hope, Pope Francis reflects

Vatican City, May 30, 2014 / 06:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first daily homily since returning from the Holy Land Pope Francis centered on the theme of Christian joy, explaining that it comes not from our immediate circumstances, but what Jesus promised. “Be courageous in suffering and remember that after the Lord will come; after joy will come, after the dark comes the sun” the Pope encouraged in his May 30 daily Mass. “May the Lord give us all this joy in … [Read more...]