Child’s smile enough to keep volunteers in Syria

Homs, Syria, Jul 15, 2013 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Syrian woman who works in a center for children opened during the country's civil war said that the smile of just one of these children is enough to keep motivating her and her colleagues. “It is difficult to change this reality and to return to them their smiles and their joy; but the smile of one child is always enough to give us energy and support,” reflected Claude Semaan, one of the first volunteers to set up an … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ accommodations for World Youth Day revealed

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 15, 2013 / 01:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Council for Social Communications has posted a series of photos of the room where Pope Francis will stay during his visit to Brazil for World Youth Day, which will take place July 23-28. The accommodations are located at the Sumare House in Rio de Janeiro, where Blessed John Paul II also stayed in October, 1997. The late pontiff had traveled to Brazil for the Second World Meeting of Families. The room where … [Read more...]

Pope’s island visit carried light to end of world

Lampedusa, Jul 15, 2013 / 12:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After the unexpected July 8 visit from Pope Francis, the little Italian island of Lampedusa received “an electric shock,” because he shed light on “the problem of immigration and the suffering of immigration,” says Archbishop Francesco Montenegro of the Agrigento, Sicily archdiocese. It is “meaningful that Pope Francis made his first trip to Lampedusa, thus putting into practice what he asked: to go to the end … [Read more...]

World Youth Day expected to boost economy in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 15, 2013 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The organizers of the World Youth Day to be held next week in Brazil have sent a report on the massive economic benefit Pope Francis’ visit will have on the area, estimating some 20,000 jobs to be created. According to organizers, World Youth Day 2013 will have an estimated economic impact of more than $220 million in the Rio de Janeiro area, where the event will be held, from July 20-30. More than 20,000 jobs are also … [Read more...]

Vatican money freeze tied to second Msgr. Scarano case

Vatican City, Jul 15, 2013 / 05:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although the Vatican froze funds belonging to Monsignor Nunzio Scarano after the Italian police arrested him, the hold on his account at the Vatican’s Institute for Religious Works and his suspension from work are related to a separate case of alleged money laundering. Msgr. Scarano, a suspended accountant for the Administration for the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, known by its Italian acronym APSA, is currently under arrest and … [Read more...]

High levels of pro-life state legislation passed so far this year

Washington D.C., Jul 14, 2013 / 05:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The progress of pro-life legislation at the state level this year has made the 2013 the second-best year on record for the number of abortion-regulating laws that have passed by mid-year.State legislators enacted 43 provisions restricting abortion in the first half of 2013, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which support legalized abortion. The group said in a July 8 analysis that this number is up slightly from the same period … [Read more...]

Pope: God always desires hearts of mercy

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Jul 14, 2013 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first Angelus message from Castel Gandolfo, Pope Francis said God desires “good and generous” hearts full of mercy for those in need. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, said Pope Francis, “Jesus shows that the heart of this Samaritan is good and generous and that – unlike the priest and Levite – he practices the will of God, who desires mercy more than sacrifice.” “God … [Read more...]