A look at Pope Francis’ summer trip to the Shroud of Turin

Vatican City, Mar 26, 2015 / 12:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has released the schedule for Pope Francis' upcoming pilgrimage to Turin – home to what is believed to be the burial shroud of Jesus – with a program that largely centers on young people. The pontiff's June 21-22 visit to the northern Italian city also marks the bicentenary of the birth of Saint John Bosco, founder of the Salesian order and patron saint of youth. According to the Vatican, which released … [Read more...]

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Knights of Columbus launches Catholic investment opportunities

Bridgeport, Conn., Mar 25, 2015 / 10:02 pm (CNA).- With hopes of better serving the Catholic community, the Knights of Columbus Asset Advisors announced this week the development of their new faith-based investment opportunities, which are specifically geared toward Catholic institutions and organizations. The Knight of Columbus, with over 1.8 million members around the world, launched the formation of their Asset Advisors last year and are now moving forward in offering a few different … [Read more...]

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Fifty years later, remembering the civil rights march that moved a nation

Montgomery, Ala., Mar 25, 2015 / 02:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic leaders marked the 50th anniversary of the voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. with praise for those who advanced racial progress, calling on others to “march on” toward unity of hearts and minds. “What we beheld in the Selma to Montgomery March shed needed light on the toll of racism, and, for many, put a human face on those impacted by its evils,” U.S. bishops’ conference … [Read more...]

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Catholics in England gather to pray for Richard III, one of their own

Nottingham, England, Mar 25, 2015 / 02:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In preparation for the reinterment of the remains of Richard III, a 15th century English king whose body was only recently rediscovered, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has offered Compline and a Requiem Mass for the late monarch. “This evening we fulfil a profound and essential Christian duty: that of praying for the dead, for the repose of their eternal souls,” Cardinal Nichols preached during a March 23 … [Read more...]

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Tears for Farkhunda: Catholics join fury over savage killing of Afghan woman

Kabul, Afghanistan, Mar 25, 2015 / 11:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After last week’s horrific mob killing of a young woman in Afghanistan, Catholics are calling for a re-dedication to religious liberty and human rights worldwide. A U.S. bishops conference representative told CNA on Tuesday that “the bishops have concerns” about “blasphemy laws that contribute to incidents of this nature.” The 28 year-old victim, Farkhunda, was lynched March 19 by a mob after an … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Romero hailed for life producing ‘great harvest’

Los Angeles, Calif., Mar 25, 2015 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Los Angeles Catholics gave thanks for Archbishop Oscar Romero’s upcoming beatification and prayed that his “shining example” of sacrificial love and solidarity with the poor and oppressed will continue to be fruitful. “Archbishop Romero preached nonviolence and reconciliation in a time of hate and vengeance. He spoke out against every form of violence, every violation of the sanctity of life and the dignity … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis on the family synod: ‘We need prayers, not gossip’

Vatican City, Mar 25, 2015 / 06:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke about the gift and call of the Christian family, and urged attendees to pray for the intentions of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family. “The Church needs a prayer full of love for the family and for life,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in a drizzly St. Peter's Square for his March 25 general audience. “Because of this, I ask you to pray insistently … [Read more...]

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