Pope may give opening lecture of Italian bishops’ assembly

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2014 / 01:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will likely be giving the inaugural lecture of the annual general assembly of the Italian bishops’ conference scheduled for May 19-23, according to Italian publication “Il Fatto Quotidiano.” Customarily, the president of the conference delivers the opening address, after having agreed with the Pope on its main topics, in an audience that takes place the Saturday before the beginning of the assembly. The … [Read more...]

Saint Joseph the model for educators, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2014 / 10:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Marking the feast of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Virgin Mary, Pope Francis called the saint a role model for all fathers and educators during his General Audience this Wednesday at the Vatican. “Let us look at Joseph as the model for educators, for he guards and accompanies Jesus in his journey of growth ‘in wisdom, age, and grace,’” the Pope urged March 19 in St. Peter’s Square. Examining these three modes … [Read more...]

Worldwide Christian persecution a growing trend, report shows

New York City, N.Y., Mar 19, 2014 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recently-released summary report called “Persecuted and Forgotten?” Aid to the Church in Need has revealed a worldwide growth in discrimination against Christians in scope and frequency.The persecution of Christians “has increased over the last 10 to 15 years,” said Ed Clancy, director of evangelization and outreach at Aid to the Church in Need, in an interview with CNA last month, adding that … [Read more...]

Interfaith leaders launch effort against human trafficking

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2014 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic, Anglican, and Muslim leaders have launched an anti-human trafficking network that hopes to eradicate the crime by 2020 through the mobilization of religious communities. “It’s not politically correct to call this modern slavery a crime against humanity, but we want to arrive at that in national and international law,” said Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the … [Read more...]

Underground Chinese bishop in Shanghai dies at 97

Shangai, China, Mar 19, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Joseph Fan Zhongliang, a bishop of Shanghai in the People’s Republic of China who spent decades under arrest for his faith, died March 16 at the age of 97. The Cardinal Kung Foundation said March 16 that the bishop died “surrounded by some of his faithful parishioners.” “He died at his home still under house arrest, a sentence that entailed strict surveillance by the government for most of the last two … [Read more...]

LA archbishop blesses immigration reform advocates going to Vatican

Los Angeles, Calif., Mar 18, 2014 / 06:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles gave his blessing Sunday to a group of children and immigration reform advocates who are traveling to Rome to ask Pope Francis for his help and benediction. “Father, we ask You to bless our brothers and sisters, as they begin their long journey to Rome,” Archbishop Gomez prayed March 16. “Help them to walk with Jesus. Give them courage and joy as they stand with Your … [Read more...]

Cardinal encourages Lenten prayers for Venezuela

Caracas, Venezuela, Mar 18, 2014 / 05:03 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas, Venezuela, called on the faithful to intensify their prayers during Lent for God to rid Venezuela of violence, as the death toll from recent protests continues to rise. “I want to ask you to pray a lot for Venezuela this Lent, that Venezuelans can resolve our problems peacefully, with everyone seeking the common good,” Cardinal Urosa said in his Lenten message. “Regardless of the … [Read more...]


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