In Peru, blood drive donors draw inspiration from priests martyred by terrorists

Lima, Peru, Dec 8, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Inspired by Saturday's beatification of the first Peruvian martyrs, a group of young people has launched a blood drive initiative “#DonaEsperanza” in order to “give hope” and follow the example of three priests slain by Marxist guerillas. The Shining Path Marxist terrorist group in 1991 took the lives of Polish priests Fathers Zbigniew Strzalkowski and Michele Tomaszek and Italian priest Fr. Alessandro Dordi. … [Read more...]

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In Peru, blood drive donors draw inspiration from priests martyred by terrorists

Lima, Peru, Dec 8, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Inspired by Saturday's beatification of the first Peruvian martyrs, a group of young people has launched a blood drive initiative “#DonaEsperanza” in order to “give hope” and follow the example of three priests slain by Marxist guerillas. The Shining Path Marxist terrorist group in 1991 took the lives of Polish priests Fathers Zbigniew Strzalkowski and Michele Tomaszek and Italian priest Fr. Alessandro Dordi. … [Read more...]

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As ‘Vatileaks’ trial proceeds, Holy See spokesman explains Vatican justice system

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2015 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As a Vatican City trial over the leaking of private documents continues, the director of the Holy See Press Office has defended the trial and the judicial systems of the Vatican City State after the defendants criticized the process.   Father Federico Lombardi’s message, published Dec. 7, follows a hearing in the trial. The tribunal heard motions by the lawyers and discussed the approval of witnesses for the … [Read more...]

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The Year of Mercy: What’s it all about?

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2015 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- One of the central aims of the Jubilee of Mercy will be to reorient the Sacrament of Confession back to the center of the Church's pastoral life, explained one official involved in organizing the year-long event. “Mercy is the tangible expression of God's love in the world,” said Fr. Geno Sylva, official for the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization (PCPNE). “By placing … [Read more...]

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The Year of Mercy: What’s it all about?

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2015 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- One of the central aims of the Jubilee of Mercy will be to reorient the Sacrament of Confession back to the center of the Church's pastoral life, explained one official involved in organizing the year-long event. “Mercy is the tangible expression of God's love in the world,” said Fr. Geno Sylva, official for the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization (PCPNE). “By placing … [Read more...]

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In Scotland, Catholic archbishop kicks off tour for parish renewal

Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec 7, 2015 / 12:07 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Leo Cushley of St. Andrews and Edinburgh will tour his archdiocese to meet with parishioners and discuss the future of the Catholic Church in their areas. “My big message is that the renewal and, yes, growth of the Catholic Church in our part of Scotland is very possible but only if we create vibrant Christian communities centered on Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist,” Archbishop Cushley said Dec. 3. He said … [Read more...]

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Marriage is disappearing in Italy

Rome, Italy, Dec 6, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Italy is facing a swift and dramatic collapse of the institution of marriage, according to a prominent Italian demographer and statistician. “We were in bad shape in 2009, and we are worse off – there's no getting around it – five years later,” wrote Roberto Volpi in an article last month for the Vatican daily L'Osservatore Romano. Volpi has directed Italy's public office of statistics and planned the … [Read more...]

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