Pope blesses Hungarians on national feast day

Vatican City, Aug 20, 2013 / 11:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis sent a message to the president and citizens of Hungary today, praying for the nation as it celebrates the feast of its founder and first king, St. Stephen of Hungary.“I ask God that the Hungarian people might find within themselves, and their human and spiritual heritage, the moral resources necessary in order to build a future of peace and fraternity,” he told president János Áder in an Aug. 20 … [Read more...]

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Denver World Youth Day brought ‘joy,’ vitality to local Church

Denver, Colo., Aug 20, 2013 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the event's recent anniversary, participants in World Youth Day Denver recalled how the presence of Blessed John Paul II brought joy to the local Church, as well as the call to be disciples without fear.“What I saw that day was a young, thriving, and alive Church, and I saw people who loved God and who wanted to share that love with others, and I wanted to be  a part of it,” said Cara Rhyne, a consecrated … [Read more...]

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Pro-life petition could spark European legislation, debate

Brussels, Belgium, Aug 20, 2013 / 02:24 am (CNA).- A citizen-led initiative in Europe is nearing the one million signatures needed to prompt a discussion on human life and push for an end to funding of abortion and embryo-destroying research. The initiative, called “One of Us,” seeks to protect the “dignity, the right to life and the integrity of every human being” at all stages of development.It asks the European Union “to end the financing of activities … [Read more...]

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Lack of Christ the ‘greatest poverty,’ Pope tells movement

Rimini, Italy, Aug 20, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA).- Pope Francis welcomed the 34th Rimini Meeting, an annual gathering organized by the lay movement Communion and Liberation, by encouraging participants to bring Christ to those who do not know him. “We are poor in love, thirsty for truth and justice, beggars of God,” Pope Francis wrote in an Aug. 18 letter to Bishop Francesco Lambiasi of Rimini, on the occasion of the opening of the gathering. “The greatest poverty is in fact … [Read more...]

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Egyptian patriarch calls recent violence a ‘war’ on terrorism

Alexandria, Egypt, Aug 19, 2013 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Coptic Catholic Church has expressed solidarity with other Egyptians over the wave of violence that has struck the country, bluntly calling the events a struggle against terrorist forces. Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak of Alexandria said that “out of love for our country and in solidarity with all lovers of Egypt, both Christians and Muslims,” the patriarchate will not label the crisis “a … [Read more...]

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Vatican sends condolences on death of senior Buddhist abbot

Bangkok, Thailand, Aug 19, 2013 / 04:10 pm (CNA).- The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue sent a message of condolence to Thailand on the passing of senior Buddhist abbot Somdej Phra Buddhacharn.The 85-year-old abbot died of a blood infection at Samitivej hospital on Aug. 10.Highly revered as the most senior monk and chairman of the monastic panel acting on behalf of the Supreme Buddhist Patriarch of Thailand, Somdej Phra Buddhacharn was the chief of the … [Read more...]

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Cancer patient regains will to live after seeing Pope

Madrid, Spain, Aug 19, 2013 / 12:28 pm (CNA).- After a decade of struggling with cancer and other illnesses, a 58-year-old woman from Madrid has found comfort and renewed strength from a recent encounter with Pope Francis.“Now I am living with joy, happiness and above all, gratitude,” said Elena Alba, according to the newspaper La Razon.For the past 10 years, Alba has been battling several illnesses, including two bouts with cancer, most recently in her brain. Surgeries, … [Read more...]

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