Love of Christ helps us find identity, bishop teaches

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 24, 2013 / 03:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- By experiencing the love of God and sharing it with those around us, we will find the answers to our deepest questions and longings, said Auxiliary Bishop John Sherrington of Westminster.“When we give ourselves away to others in love, then we really do discover who we are, and it really is satisfying and fulfilling,” he said.The bishop spoke at a July 24 catechesis session at World Youth Day, addressing a group … [Read more...]

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Sri Lankan cardinal forgives church desecrators

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jul 24, 2013 / 01:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo has forgiven the desecrators of a Catholic church in Sri Lanka, refusing to press criminal charges against them.Father Cyril Gamin Fernando, spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Colombo, told CNA that the act is an exemplar of “Christian love and mercy.” He said the gesture caused a “shockwave” of surprise and won “goodwill” among Sri Lankans.On the night of … [Read more...]

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Blessed Frassati a ‘perfect’ fit for World Youth Day play

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 24, 2013 / 11:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After being contacted by World Youth Day officials to perform a play going along with this year’s theme, a theater group decided they would have to write and produce their own on Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati.“(Bl. Frassati’s) life is a perfect example for today’s youth, especially those that believe that living according to the world is the only logic that exists,” the play’s director, Marcelo … [Read more...]

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‘God acts and he surprises us,’ Pope teaches at Marian shrine

Aparecida, Brazil, Jul 24, 2013 / 08:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Openness to being surprised by God is an attitude which marks the life of a Christian, Pope Francis said in his homily at Brazil's Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida during his first World Youth Day Mass. “God always surprises us, like the new wine in the Gospel we have just heard. God always saves the best for us,” Pope Francis taught at a Mass July 24, after he had venerated the shrine's image of Our … [Read more...]

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After beatings, imprisoned pastor finally receives medical care

Washington D.C., Jul 24, 2013 / 08:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been imprisoned in Iran for over 300 days, has at last received long-awaited medical care after suffering numerous beatings in captivity. “Thank you to all of the individuals who have prayed, written letters, signed petitions, called government officials, run benefit races, tweeted, and shared Saeed’s story,” said the pastor’s wife, Naghmeh Abedini, in a press … [Read more...]

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Vatican diplomat named new Edinburgh archbishop

Vatican City, Jul 24, 2013 / 07:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Leo Cushley as the new Archbishop of St. Andrews & Edinburgh, replacing Cardinal Keith O’Brien who resigned after inappropriate behavior came to light. “I am humbled that our Holy Father Pope Francis has nominated me for such an important task here in our ancient capital,” Bishop-designate Cushley said in a July 24 statement. He also acknowledged that “it's a … [Read more...]

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Pope’s unpredictability challenges security planners

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 24, 2013 / 06:35 am (CNA).- The rules for the Pope’s security during international trips have had to change since Pope Francis was elected, bringing into focus the tension between safety and pastoral priorities. When he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio walked through the streets, and took buses and the subway, so when he became Pope he did not want to follow the normal security protocols and asked his security team to allow him to … [Read more...]

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