Christian leader, friend to Pope Francis dies in motorcycle accident

London, England, Jul 21, 2014 / 03:49 pm (CNA).- Tony Palmer, a Protestant Christian leader and a close friend of Pope Francis, passed away in the U.K. on Sunday due to injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. The Order of the Ark Community, an internet-based Christian group overseen by Palmer, announced his July 20 death on its website. Palmer was born in the U.K. and grew up in South Africa. He was a member of the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, which views itself as … [Read more...]

Neb. priest contributes to article linking contraception, breast cancer

Lincoln, Neb., Jul 21, 2014 / 12:07 pm (CNA).- In an upcoming issue of The Linacre Quarterly, the official journal of the Catholic Medical Association, an article entitled, “The Breast Cancer Epidemic: 10 Facts,” will explore the scientific evidence that connects artificial contraception to breast cancer. Father Christopher Kubat, executive director of Catholic Social Services of southern Nebraska and a medical physician, is one of the co-authors. He was asked to contribute a … [Read more...]

Iraqi bishop urges prayer as Christians expelled from Mosul

Erbil, Iraq, Jul 21, 2014 / 11:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the eve of an ultimatum issued by Islamists to Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul, the Chaldean bishop of Erbil, in nearby Kurdistan, urged prayers for the nation's remaining followers of Christ. “We have hope that things will get better,” Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of the Chaldean Archeparchy of Erbil said in an interview with CNA on July 16. “But … from the circumstances, which we are following, … [Read more...]

Pope laments exodus of last Christians from Mosul

Vatican City, Jul 21, 2014 / 05:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis mourned the fleeing of the last Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul, who were told by ISIS forces last week to either convert, pay the Jizya tax or leave. “They are persecuted; our brothers are persecuted, they are driven out, they have to leave their houses without having the possibility of taking anything with them,” Pope Francis voiced in his July 20 Angelus … [Read more...]

Amid violence, priest opts to stay with parishioners in Gaza

Gaza City, Jul 20, 2014 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- Argentinean priest Father Jorge Hernandez, pastor of Holy Family Parish in the Gaza strip, stayed with his parishioners despite three missile strikes near his parish earlier this week. “Crime is on the rise. Little children are getting sick from fear, stress, shockwaves and the continuous noise,” he said in an online statement. “Parents are doing everything possible to distract them so that this crude violence does not overwhelm … [Read more...]

Argentine national soccer team sends autographed jersey to Pope

Vatican City, Jul 20, 2014 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a gesture of gratitude and affection, the Argentinean national soccer team, which lost Sunday to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final, sent Pope Francis an official team jersey autographed by each of its players. “Here’s the present the team sent to our Pope Francis!” team member Maxi Rodriguez said in a post on his Twitter account, which featured a photo of himself and team captain Lionel Messi holding the … [Read more...]

Church in Mexico helps collect weapons for disarmament program

Mexico City, Mexico, Jul 19, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For the third year in a row, the Archdiocese of Mexico City is hosting a voluntary disarmament program as part of a campaign to reduce violence in the Mexican capital. Rosa Icela Rodriguez of Mexico City’s Secretariat for Social Development said the program would not be possible without the assistance of local officials, the Defense ministry and the Church. “We are very happy because society has responded positively … [Read more...]


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