Thousands in Argentina celebrate Mary Undoer of Knots

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec 10, 2013 / 04:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thousands of Argentineans gathered on Dec. 8 to celebrate the 17th anniversary of the enthroning of an image of Mary Undoer of Knots, a special favorite of Pope Francis. The Marian devotion has grown in Argentina after then-Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires – now Pope Francis – brought a copy of the image back from Germany some 30 years ago. The original painting, created by Johann Melchior … [Read more...]

Thousands in Argentina celebrate Mary Undoer of Knots

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec 10, 2013 / 04:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thousands of Argentineans gathered on Dec. 8 to celebrate the 17th anniversary of the enthroning of an image of Mary Undoer of Knots, a special favorite of Pope Francis. The Marian devotion has grown in Argentina after then-Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires – now Pope Francis – brought a copy of the image back from Germany some 30 years ago. The original painting, created by Johann Melchior … [Read more...]

Focolare Movement asks that founder’s cause be opened

Vatican City, Dec 10, 2013 / 02:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Focolare Movement, an organization dedicated to unity among all peoples, has requested that Bishop Raffaello Martinelli of Frascati begin an inquiry into the life of its founder, Chiara Lubich. “This act invites us all to a life of greater holiness, lived day by day to contribute towards collective sanctity, that sanctity of the people so dear to Chiara's heart,” said Maria Voce, president of the movement, Dec. … [Read more...]

Atheist film critic says ‘Philomena’ movie is an attack on Catholics

New York City, N.Y., Dec 10, 2013 / 12:37 pm (CNA).- An atheist movie reviewer has criticized the new film “Philomena” as “another hateful and boring attack on Catholics,” saying that it unfairly shows the Church as exploitative and coercive. “Anyone who is honest understands that it lambastes the way Irish Catholicism played out in 1950s Ireland, using falsehoods whenever necessary to underscore the point,” said Kyle Smith, a movie critic for the New York … [Read more...]

Do not fear the tender consolation of God, Pope says

Vatican City, Dec 10, 2013 / 11:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis dedicated his homily this morning to discussing the consolation of God, noting that it brings hope and that we should be open to the comfort that he desires to give each of us personally. “May the Lord give to all of us the grace to not be afraid of the consolation of the Lord,” the Pope reflected in his Dec. 10 homily, “to be open: ask for it, seek it, because it is a consolation that will give us hope, … [Read more...]

Pope: do not fear the tender consolation of God

Vatican City, Dec 10, 2013 / 10:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This morning, Pope Francis dedicated his homily to the solace given by the Lord, explaining that it brings hope and that we should be open to the comfort that he desires to give each of us personally. “May the Lord give to all of us the grace to not be afraid of the consolation of the Lord,” the Pope reflected in his Dec. 10 homily, “to be open: ask for it, seek it, because it is a consolation that will give us hope, … [Read more...]

Vatican launches global campaign to fight ‘scandal’ of hunger

Vatican City, Dec 10, 2013 / 05:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Caritas International has initiated their first global campaign to eradicate hunger, promoting the basic human right to food, and encouraging fraternal solidarity in ensuring that everyone has enough.In a video message for the Dec. 10 press conference announcing the launching of the campaign, Pope Francis stated that “I am happy to announce to you the launch of a campaign against global hunger by our very own ‘Caritas … [Read more...]


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