Virginia diocese mourns death of employee in Spanish train wreck

Arlington, Va., Jul 26, 2013 / 03:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Paul S. Loverde of Arlington has expressed his condolences over the death of employee Ana Maria Cordoba, who was killed in the July 24 train crash in Santiago, Spain.“The tragic death of Ana Maria Cordoba in the recent train derailment in Spain is the cause of immense grief not only to her beloved family – her parents, husband, daughter and son –  but also to the ‘family’ of our diocesan … [Read more...]

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Never be afraid to share Gospel, Archbishop Chaput tells youth

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 26, 2013 / 02:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of held three catechetical sessions at World Youth Day, urging youth to follow Christ with humility, to share their faith with joy, and to serve the poor both in body and in soul. “Everyone who wants to follow Jesus Christ is called to preach the Gospel to the world,” the archbishop said. “Your joyful witness touches and changes others, often in unforeseen ways. So don't be … [Read more...]

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‘Bear witness to faith,’ bishop encourages Thai Catholic youth

Bangkok, Thailand, Jul 26, 2013 / 02:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Several thousand children and teens in Thailand marked the Catholic Church’s Year of Faith by attending a special faith formation workshop.Bishop Joseph Chusak Sirisut of northeast Thailand’s Diocese of Nakhon Ratchasima encouraged the youths to “believe and bear witness to faith… put your trust in God.”“He is with us until the end of the age,” the bishop said during his homily at a … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis named ‘most influential’ world leader on Twitter

Geneva, Switzerland, Jul 26, 2013 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new global communications report calls Pope Francis the most influential world leader on Twitter, who has the second-largest following among world leaders on the fast-paced social media network. “Although Pope Francis does not engage with other Twitter users ... his Spanish tweets are re-tweeted on average more than 11,000 times, making him the most influential world leader on Twitter,” the Switzerland-based public … [Read more...]

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Vatican-Italy financial pact not linked to Msgr. Scarano case

Vatican City, Jul 26, 2013 / 11:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican and Italy will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding between their financial authorities to regulate data exchange, but this agreement is not tied to the recent scandals involving the so-called Vatican bank. “Italy is merely one part of the Holy See’s international agenda, and the Holy See is improving its international cooperation to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism,” according to an … [Read more...]

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Family life the ‘privileged’ place to receive faith, Pope says

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 26, 2013 / 09:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Marking the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, during his Angelus address today Pope Francis said the transmission of faith takes places first and foremost in the home and among families.“Saints Joachim and Anne were part of a long chain of people who had transmitted their love for God, expressed in the warmth and love of family life, down to Mary, who received the Son of God in her womb and who gave him to the world, to … [Read more...]

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Jesus wants intimate friendship, Denver archbishop tells youth

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 26, 2013 / 09:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila encouraged young people attending World Youth Day to move beyond having a surface-level friendship with Jesus to know him “profoundly.” “My desire is that you come to know and receive the love of Jesus, that you embrace him in profound friendship,” said Archbishop Aquila on July 25. He explained that there are different kinds of friendships, “some are acquaintances … [Read more...]

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