Doubts raised over release reports of Christian woman in Sudan

Washington D.C., Jun 2, 2014 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A government official in Sudan is denying claims that a Christian woman sentenced to execution for her faith may soon be freed. Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, is recognized as Muslim under Sudanese law because her father was Muslim, despite the fact that her father abandoned the family when Ibrahim was six years old, and she was raised as a Christian by her Ethiopian Orthodox mother. Ibrahim is married to Daniel Wani, a Christian and an … [Read more...]

Do not cage the Holy Spirit, Pope tells massive Rome gathering

Rome, Italy, Jun 2, 2014 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday afternoon Pope Francis told throngs of Charismatic Catholics to not obstruct the work of the Holy Spirit in evangelizing, but make the adoration of God the “foundation of renewal.” “Go forth into the streets and evangelize, proclaim the Gospel. Remember that the Church was born to go forth, that morning of Pentecost,” the Pope said June 1. “Let yourselves be guided by the Holy Spirit, with that … [Read more...]

Marriage requires love that imitates Christ, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 2, 2014 / 01:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his June 2 homily, Pope Francis addressed married couples in the Vatican, pointing to fidelity, perseverance, and fruitfulness as the three characteristics of authentic Christian love. Using the fidelity of Christ to sinners as the ultimate example, Pope Francis commented: “It is a faithful love. It is a persevering love. He never tires of loving his Church.” Although Christ’s bride is “beautiful, holy, a … [Read more...]

Liberation theology ‘archaic’, says prominent Mexican bishop

Rome, Italy, Jun 2, 2014 / 12:21 pm (CNA).- While in Rome last week, the president of the Latin American Bishops’ Council said at a news conference that the Church in the region has fortunately moved beyond liberation theology. “The relevant figures of liberation theology are all very elderly, and liberation theology as such, as the expression of what it was, is very archaic, if not already dead,” commented Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes of Tlalnepantla May 27 at the offices … [Read more...]

Faith can transform Colombia, cardinal says

Rome, Italy, Jun 2, 2014 / 10:15 am (CNA).- As Colombians prepare for a second round of voting in presidential elections on June 15, Cardinal Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogota said that faith has the power to transform the nation. “What is important is that Colombians discover the face of Christ, his love and his mercy.  That we adhere to him through faith and transform our personal lives, our families and society, and build a different country,” Cardinal Salazar told CNA. The … [Read more...]