Pope’s vigil for Syrian peace expected to be biggest in decades

Vatican City, Sep 5, 2013 / 11:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A five-hour prayer vigil in St. Peter's Square for peace in Syria, initiated by Pope Francis and to be held this Saturday, will be the largest the Vatican has seen in years, according to the Holy See’s press director. “I’ve been here for 23 years and I remember gatherings for peace in Assisi, but I don’t remember anything with this dimension in Saint Peter’s Square,” Fr. Federico Lombardi told a … [Read more...]

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Vatican rejects report that Pope Francis telephoned Assad

Vatican City, Sep 5, 2013 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican official denied a news story that claimed that Pope Francis had telephoned the Syrian president, Bashar Al-Assad.Argentinian daily Clarin stated the pontiff telephoned the country’s leader to discuss ongoing violence in the country and possible military strikes from outside nations.But the director of the Holy See press office affirmed during a Sept. 5 press conference that the Pope did not come into contact with … [Read more...]

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New encyclical to clarify poverty vows, cardinal says

Rome, Italy, Sep 5, 2013 / 04:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new encyclical that is being written by Pope Francis will help address how to live out a vow of poverty in the modern world, according to one cardinal.“How to define poverty is not easy today because it’s not a question of radical poverty,” Cardinal Prosper Grech, an Augustinian friar, told CNA Sept. 3, “but an encyclical on poverty will help all religious orders to define how to really live poverty in our … [Read more...]

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Lebanese faith leaders seek global aid for kidnapped bishops

Beirut, Lebanon, Sep 5, 2013 / 02:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Greek Orthodox and Maronite Catholic patriarchs of Lebanon have urged the international community to help resolve the abductions of two Orthodox archbishops in Syria.“The abduction of the two archbishops is among several other kidnapping cases that we can’t remain inactive about,” Greek Orthodox Patriarch Youhanna Yazigi of the Levant and Antioch said at an Aug. 31 news conference.He said that help is necessary … [Read more...]

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Coca Cola Spain faces boycott over TV ads, Twitter comments

Madrid, Spain, Sep 5, 2013 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After slamming critics of its decision to sponsor a reality TV show featuring objectionable content, Coca Cola Spain is facing boycotts of the company's products throughout the Spanish-speaking world.The Madrid-based religious liberty organization Hazteoir.org recently launched a public opinion campaign to call on major businesses to withdraw their ads from the reality show “Summer Camp,” a Spanish version of … [Read more...]

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US bishops join Pope in urging Sept. 7 prayer, fasting for Syria

Washington D.C., Sep 4, 2013 / 04:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops are encouraging Catholics in the country and all those concerned about ongoing violence in Syria to join with Pope Francis in a worldwide Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace.“We are anguished by the terrible suffering of the Syrian people and again affirm the need for dialogue and negotiation to resolve this conflict that has wrought so much devastation,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and … [Read more...]

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Mary’s Nativity draws tens of thousands to Indian basilica

Bangalore, India, Sep 4, 2013 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Huge crowds started gathering in Bangalore, India, last week, as the city's novena leading up to the Nativity of Mary began with the city's archbishop raising a Marian flag in prayer.“The Virgin Mary is the Mother of God and also our heavenly mother, and thus people tend to venerate her motherly affection and dress her in local culture as their mother,” said Father J. Sandhayagu, administrator of St. Mary's … [Read more...]

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