Nun who won ‘The Voice Italy’ says priorities are Jesus, prayer

Rome, Italy, Jun 9, 2014 / 04:53 pm (CNA).- Speaking to reporters for the first time after her victory on The Voice Italy, Sister Cristina Scuccia said that she now plans to return to the two priorities in her life, which are “Jesus and prayer.” “My future is in the hands of my superiors. I trust in Providence,” the 25-year-old Ursuline Sister of the Holy Family said in an interview with the Italian website TGcom24. Sister Cristina captured the attention of the … [Read more...]

Church in Iraqi Kurdistan challenged by influx of migrants

Erbil, Iraq, Jun 9, 2014 / 04:49 pm (CNA).- Iraq's Kurdistan region is enjoying peace relative to the rest of the country, which has led thousands of Christian families to migrate there, straining the local Church. Archbishop Bashar Warda of the Chaldean Archeparchy of Arbil told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need June 6 that in recent years, more than 12,000 Christian families have settled in his eparchy, from Baghdad, Mosul, and other Iraqi … [Read more...]

Cleveland diocese ends annulment fees

Cleveland, Ohio, Jun 9, 2014 / 12:24 pm (CNA).- In an effort to help more Catholics return to the practice of their faith, the Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio, will eliminate all fees for marriage annulments effective immediately, Bishop Richard Lennon has announced. “This is an effort to promote the common good for the faithful of Cleveland,” Bishop Lennon said June 5. Bishop Lennon said he hopes and prays the change will encourage greater participation among men and women in … [Read more...]

Christianity meant to be practiced not imagined, says Pope

Vatican City, Jun 9, 2014 / 08:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis centered his daily homily on the Beatitudes, stating that they are Jesus’ practical guide on how to live the Christian life, which often goes against what the world tells us. The beatitudes are a “program,” the “identity card of a Christian,” the Pope explained in his June 9 daily Mass, adding that they are “few words, simple words, but practical for all.” “Because … [Read more...]

Pope Francis postpones meetings due to tiredness

Vatican City, Jun 9, 2014 / 05:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi S.J. has announced that Pope Francis canceled his meetings today in order to rest following prayer for peace in the Vatican gardens last evening. “Pope Francis canceled the meetings of the second part of the morning because of a minor indisposition,” the spokesman told journalists in a June 9 press conference, noting that “yesterday the Pope was very tired because of the prayer … [Read more...]