Syrian Christians find lives ‘paralyzed’ by wartime chaos

Damascus, Syria, Oct 8, 2013 / 12:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Only peace can end the suffering of Syria’s Christian refugees, say local Christian leaders who emphasize the need to give refugees hope alongside material support.“It is chaos, it is violence, it is blood, it is death. Life has been paralyzed. We have lost everything,” Archbishop Theophile Georges Kassab of Homs told Aid to the Church in Need. “What can I tell you more? Only one thing, in the name of the … [Read more...]

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Latest Pope Francis interview involved ‘conflation’ of details

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2013 / 04:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following skepticism of the accuracy of a recent interview with Pope Francis, several sources have suggested that the printed text, while overall faithful to the Pope's thought, may not have captured his exact words. “Eugenio Scalfari did not tape his interview with Pope Francis, nor did he take notes, so the text was an after-the-fact reconstruction. Such texts run the risk of either missing some key details or conflating … [Read more...]

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Calif. immigration law praised as bishops urge national action

Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 7, 2013 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles applauded a new California law that will allow undocumented migrants to receive state driver’s licenses, while calling for greater federal reform.“Driving is one of the basic necessities of life. So this new law is going to make a big difference for millions of people in their everyday lives,” Archbishop Gomez told participants of an Oct. 3 rally at Los Angeles City … [Read more...]

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Let God disrupt your plans, Pope Francis teaches

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2013 / 01:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Reflecting on the story of the Good Samaritan, Pope Francis said in his homily at Mass today that we must be open to allowing God to intervene in our lives, leading us to deviate from our own arrangements.“I say to myself, and I say to you: do we let God write our lives? Or do we want to do the writing ourselves?” Pope Francis asked, according to Vatican Radio.“Be docile to the Word of God … have the capacity … [Read more...]

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Vatican to issue collector coin marking Pope Francis’ first year

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2013 / 08:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has announced that an official, commemorative coin marking the first year of Pope Francis' pontificate will be released on Oct. 8. Collectors will be able to purchase the coin which on one side bears the image of Pope Francis giving a blessing and smiling with the Latin words, “Franciscus Pont. Max An. I.,” inscribed above. The coin's other side contains the Holy Father's personal motto, “vidit … [Read more...]

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Italy’s Orvieto miracle inspires thousands during jubilee

Rome, Italy, Oct 7, 2013 / 06:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In light of the jubilee instituted by Benedict XVI in honor of the Eucharistic miracle in Orvieto, Italy, the number of pilgrims coming to the area has increased, deepening the faith of those who come. “It just makes you thankful that you can come somewhere where these things have happened that just reiterate the faith. It’s so real, it’s so tangible,” Jenna Schaffer of San Francisco, Calif., told CNA Oct. … [Read more...]

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Vatican analyst warns of global ‘war’ against Christians

Denver, Colo., Oct 6, 2013 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- In his new book “The Global War on Christians,” Vatican analyst John Allen, Jr. details anti-Christian abuse worldwide, drawing light to the tremendous scale of violence against the world’s most persecuted religion. “I don't think it takes any religious convictions or confessional interests at all to see that defense of persecuted Christians deserves to be the world’s number one human rights priority,” … [Read more...]

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