Bishops: surge in unaccompanied child migrants a ‘crisis’

Washington D.C., Jun 6, 2014 / 11:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The migration of unaccompanied children into the U.S. is a “humanitarian crisis” that demands a “comprehensive response” from the government, said the head of the U.S. bishops’ immigration committee. “These children are extremely vulnerable to human traffickers and unscrupulous smugglers and must be protected,” said Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle, who chairs the U.S. … [Read more...]

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Nun wins ‘The Voice Italy,’ leads crowd in Our Father

Rome, Italy, Jun 6, 2014 / 10:22 am (CNA).- In an emotional finale decided by Italian TV viewers, 25 year-old Sister Cristina Scuccia won the 2014 edition of The Voice Italy on June 5. The Ursuline Sister of the Holy Family captivated millions with her talent and charisma. Upon winning 62 percent of the final vote, she told the audience, “I want Jesus to enter into here,” and led the crowds in praying an Our Father. “I wish to thank everyone, my sisters, all the people … [Read more...]

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Vatican: prayer with Abbas, Peres opening ‘road to peace’

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2014 / 08:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has released the details for Sunday’s prayer between Pope Francis and the Israeli and Palestinian presidents, stating that although peace will not be immediate, it’s a starting point. “The intent of this encounter is to open the road to peace,” Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa O.F.M., Guardian of the Holy Land, revealed to journalists in a June 6 press conference, telling CNA that “My hope is that this … [Read more...]

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Never forget your first love, Pope encourages priests

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2014 / 05:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis directed his daily homily today to his brother bishops and priests, telling them to always put love of God and their flock first, before pursuing a scholastic career. “This is the question I ask myself, my brother bishops and priests: how is your love today, the love of Jesus? Is it like first love? Am I as in love today as on the first day?” the Pope asked in his June 6 homily. Centering his reflections on the … [Read more...]

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Anyone can follow Mother Teresa’s footsteps, priest says

Denver, Colo., Jun 6, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One legacy of the life of Blessed Mother Teresa is that anyone can follow her example as a “missionary of charity,” said the postulator of her cause for canonization Father Brian Kolodiejchuk. “Everyone has the mission to be a carrier of God's love, a missionary of charity,” the Canadian priest said at a recent presentation held at St. Joseph's church in Denver, Colorado. “The highest thing to … [Read more...]

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Pope lauds Armenian Church leader’s commitment to unity

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During Pope Francis' encounter with a Catholicos of the Apostolic Armenian Church, the pontiff commended him for his efforts in fostering Christian unity, and encouraged a growth in trust and hope. “Your Holiness's commitment to the cause of Christian unity is known to all,” Pope Francis stated in his June 5 meeting with Catholicos Aram I of the Apostolic Armenian Church of Cilicia. “You have been especially … [Read more...]

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Nigeria has become an anti-Christian ‘bloodbath,’ report claims

Santa Ana, Calif., Jun 6, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A report released Tuesday by the non-profit Open Doors International places Nigeria at the top of a list of ten countries which are the worst violent persecutors of Christians. “The alarming increase of violence against Christians in Nigeria over the past months highlights the lack of religious freedom they have and the daily dangers they face from the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram and other violent Islamic … [Read more...]

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