Relics of Saints John XXIII, John Paul II light fires of faith in Thailand

Chanthaburi, Thailand, May 24, 2015 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Scores of Catholic faithful are taking part in the Thailand tour of the sacred relics of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II. “The visit of the relic is a blessing of God for us in our dioceses as the saints are visiting us and they light the fire of faith and hope,” Bishop Silvio Siripong Charatsri of the Chanthaburi told CNA May 18. The reliquaries of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II have been brought to … [Read more...]

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Denver’s Archbishop Aquila restores sacraments to original order

Denver, Colo., May 23, 2015 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an unprecedented change for an archdiocese, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver announced that the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion – will be restored to their original order. “In an increasingly secular world, the reality is this: the souls of our children are the battleground. As the shepherd of the Archdiocese of Denver, I must do everything I can to help those who form … [Read more...]

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Insides that didn’t decompose – and other stunning facts about Oscar Romero

San Salvador, El Salvador, Mar 24, 2017 / 02:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his role as Vicar General, Monsignor Ricardo Urioste was one of the closest collaborators of Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador who was martyred for the faith in 1980 and beatified two years ago.And this monsignor has some stories to tell.Among the most fascinating involve details surrounding the day Romero was killed, what the late archbishop really thought about the controversial and problematic Liberation … [Read more...]

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Oscar Romero, a ‘father of the poor,’ beatified in El Salvador

San Salvador, El Salvador, May 23, 2015 / 01:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified in El Salvador this morning, with Pope Francis declaring from the Vatican that the martyr's feast will be celebrated on March 24 each year – the day “in which he was born into heaven.” Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided over Blessed Oscar Romero's May 23 beatification Mass in the capital city of San … [Read more...]

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Pope: Oscar Romero was a martyr who fought violence with love

Vatican City, May 23, 2015 / 07:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the day of Oscar Romero’s beatification in San Salvador, Pope Francis sent a letter to the current archbishop, praising the martyr for his courageous service to the poor amid widespread national violence. “On this day of celebration for the Salvadoran nation, and also for the beautiful Latin American countries, we give thanks to God because he granted a martyr bishop the ability to see and hear the suffering of his … [Read more...]

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A drastic threat looms for an already ravaged Nepal – the rain season

Rome, Italy, May 23, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With 3-4 months of heavy rain at their doorstep, Nepal citizens who have been without shelter for nearly a month due to several massive earthquakes are desperate to find some sort of sturdy housing. “The greatest need right now is shelter, because within a month, the monsoon rains will start…that is going to change the situation totally,” director of Caritas Nepal, Father Pius Perumana, said. “All these hills … [Read more...]

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Syrian Catholic archdiocese asks prayers for kidnapped priest

Homs, Syria, May 22, 2015 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Syrian Catholic Archdiocese of Homs confirmed on Friday that a priest in the diocese has been kidnapped, and has asked for prayers for the priest’s safe release. According to Fides, the Homs archdiocese “asked all the faithful to invoke the Lord in prayer so that Father Jacques is released and can return to his life of prayer, to serve his brothers and all Syrians.” Father Jacques Mourad was reportedly kidnapped … [Read more...]

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