Pope Francis entrusts Holy Land trip to Virgin Mary

Rome, Italy, May 23, 2014 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis privately visited the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome this morning to pray and entrust to the Virgin Mary his pilgrimage to the Holy Land. After 15 minutes of meditation and prayer before the image of Mary known as Salus Populi Romani, Pope Francisco offered a bouquet of white and yellow roses at the feet of the Virgin. Since the beginning of his papal ministry in March 2013, this is the eighth visit Pope Francis has … [Read more...]

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Pope’s Yad Veshem visit lauded for interreligious significance

Jerusalem, Israel, May 23, 2014 / 09:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A local youth has praised Pope Francis’ decision to visit Jerusalem’s Yad Veshem holocaust memorial during his Holy Land trip, saying that it raises awareness to what the Jewish community suffered. “It’s very important that other religious people will visit this site. I mean it’s not only for Jews, but also for other cultures to see what it was,” a young man named Shai told CNA May 23. “I … [Read more...]

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Nigerian bishop calls on global community to fight Boko Haram

Jos, Nigeria, May 23, 2014 / 07:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One day after bombings in his city killed nearly 120, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, has called on the international community to take tangible steps in helping to defeat a radical Islamist group. Two bombs went off in Jos, capital of Nigeria’s centrally located Plateau State, on May 20. One blast was in a market, and the other was outside a nearby hospital. At least 118 people were killed, and 56 injured. The second … [Read more...]

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Religious leaders back US work for Holy Land peace

Washington D.C., May 23, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two U.S. bishops have joined other religious leaders in asking Secretary of State John Kerry to continue “determined U.S. leadership” in negotiating for peace between Palestine and Israel. “Indeed, no past progress toward peace has occurred in this conflict without U.S. leadership, facilitation and resolute support,” said the May 20 letter to Kerry from the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for … [Read more...]

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Pope reportedly displeased by sumptuous canonization banquet

Vatican City, May 23, 2014 / 01:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican official has revealed that Pope Francis was displeased by an extravagant banquet at a Vatican office during the recent canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, Italian media are reporting. “I can’t reveal what he said (the Pope). I informed him about it and I can only say that he was not pleased, so to speak. But I can assure you that these incidents will not happen again,” said Cardinal Giuseppe … [Read more...]

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Mongolian bishop details steady growth of local Church

Ulan Bator, Mongolia, May 22, 2014 / 08:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Wenceslao Padilla, prefect of Ulaanbaatar – the local Church covering all of Mongolia – spoke with Aid to the Church in Need earlier this month about the Church's growth in the country. “We started from scratch,” the bishop told the international Catholic charity, describing the return of Catholic missionaries to the nation after the fall of communism. “The first Holy Masses were read … [Read more...]

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Christian woman in shackles after ‘apostasy’ death sentence

Washington D.C., May 22, 2014 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Protest is mounting in the case of a pregnant Christian woman who faces a death sentence in Sudan for not renouncing her faith, as her husband recently found her shackled to the wall of her cell. U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) wrote a May 16 letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking that he give “full attention to the outrageous Sudanese court ruling that sentenced Meriam Yaha Ibrahim Ishag to … [Read more...]

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