God has not abandoned us, Chilean bishop says after volcano eruption

Santiago, Chile, Apr 30, 2015 / 03:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Facing devastation from the unexpected eruption of the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile, Archbishop Cristian Caro of Puerto Montt, one of the areas at risk, reminded the faithful not to lose hope. “Let us place our trust in God who does not abandon his children,” the prelate said. At 5:50 a.m. on April 22, the Calbuco volcano, located in the Los Lagos Region, erupted after lying dormant for 43 years. The authorities … [Read more...]

Pope Francis planning to visit Fatima in 2017, local bishop announces

Fatima, Portugal, Apr 30, 2015 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In 2017, Pope Francis plans to travel to Fatima, said Bishop António Augusto dos Santos Marto of Leiria-Fátima in a statement after meeting with the Holy Father. The occasion for the visit would be the 100-year anniversary of Mary’s appearing to three shepherd children at Fatima. No travel dates to the Portuguese shrine have been set, but the country is already preparing for the celebration of the centenary of … [Read more...]

Beauty will save the world – Gaudi’s basilica inspires conversions

Barcelona, Spain, Apr 30, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Though the renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi died nearly 90 years ago and his best-known work remains under construction, the beauty of the Sagrada Familia basilica continues to draw people to Christ. “Almost nothing leads us to the divine, but then people go there,” said José Manuel Almuzara Pérez, reflecting on the awe inspired in those who visit the Sagrada Familia. Almuzara told CNA April 18 … [Read more...]

Will youth inevitably support same-sex marriage? These activists say nope

Washington D.C., Apr 29, 2015 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Old and young, gay and straight, marriage defense advocates rallied outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, calling for the institution of marriage to be maintained. Doug Mainwaring was one of those standing up in defense of marriage as the union of a man and woman. He himself is an admitted former member of a same-sex union. “I have as much trouble with no-fault divorce as I have with same-sex … [Read more...]

Pope: Is the fear of failure causing young people to avoid marriage?

Vatican City, Apr 29, 2015 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With the number of children raised in brokenness on the rise, young people view marriage as a path to failure – so Pope Francis says it’s time for Christians to restore faith in the family. “The most persuasive witness of the blessing of Christian marriage is the good life of Christian spouses, and the family,” the Pope said to some 60,000 people in Saint Peter's Square April 29. “There is no better way … [Read more...]

Pope’s encyclical could have huge weigh-in on climate change talks

Rome, Italy, Apr 29, 2015 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With experts and global leaders looking to Pope Francis as a moral compass, his upcoming encyclical on the environment could set a key ethical framework for discussion and policies surrounding the topic. “We look to Pope Francis as a great moral leader for all humanity, all people here from every walk of life and every religion. His encyclical will make a huge difference. It's being expected around the world with great … [Read more...]

Cuban bishop says news of papal visit brings ‘hope to our hearts’

Havana, Cuba, Apr 29, 2015 / 09:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The announcement of Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Cuba has brought tremendous joy and hope to the people of the island nation, said a local bishop. “The first word that comes to mind is ‘joy.’ It’s a gift from God, who never ceases to surprise us,” said Bishop Wilfredo Pino of Guantanamo-Baracoa. In a statement to CNA, the prelate observed, “It’s true that God does not give us … [Read more...]