Pope encourages Ghana bishops in Ebola aid, evangelization efforts

Vatican City, Sep 27, 2014 / 06:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Personal conversion is the key to the work and fruits of the Church, Pope Francis told bishops visiting Rome from Ghana, particularly noting the Church’s healthcare apostolate, due to the Ebola outbreak in several nearby countries. “From the grace of Christ experienced in our own converted hearts comes the spiritual strength which helps us promote virtue and holiness in our priests, men and women religious, and laity,” … [Read more...]

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Blessed Opus Dei bishop ‘knew how to serve’

Rome, Italy, Sep 26, 2014 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of the Sept. 27 beatification of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the current head of Opus Dei recalled his predecessor as a man who was “totally available” to others and saw the importance of the laity to the Church. “He knew how to be very human when treating people, in the work that he did, knowing that his work was also a springboard, an aid to approach God and to be with God,” Bishop Javier Echevarria … [Read more...]

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Paraguayan bishop obedient, but has grievance over removal

Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, Sep 26, 2014 / 03:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano has accepted in obedience Pope Francis’ decision to remove him from governance of the Ciudad del Este diocese, though he says the action resulted from a flawed apostolic visitation and that his country is in vital need of Christian renewal. “As an obedient son of the Church, I nevertheless accept this decision, despite considering it to be unfounded and arbitrary,” Bishop … [Read more...]

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Beatification of Opus Dei head sparks call for global generosity

Rome, Italy, Sep 26, 2014 / 01:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- To mark the impending beatification of Alvaro del Portillo, who led Opus Dei from 1975 to 1994, those attending the celebration are being invited to contribute to initiatives aimed at bringing aid and support to the people of Africa. Headed by Harambee Africa International, whose aim is to promote awareness-raising activities throughout Africa, the goal is to raise funds for four separate projects, each of which owes its existence to the … [Read more...]

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Benedict XVI to attend meeting with elderly this weekend

Vatican City, Sep 26, 2014 / 10:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will be present at an encounter with Pope Francis and the elderly on Sunday morning in St. Peter's Square, the Vatican announced Friday. According to a Sept. 26 satement from the Holy See press office on, the encounter will precede a Mass said for grandparents and the elderly which will be said at 10:30 am. Benedict XVI, who is 87, will depart prior to the beginning of Mass. Some 40,000 seniors from … [Read more...]

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Life isn’t Christian without a cross, Pope Francis assures

Vatican City, Sep 26, 2014 / 10:03 am (CNA).- Christ as Redeemer cannot be understood save through a willingness to take up the cross, said Pope Francis during his homily for Mass on Friday morning. The Christian, he said Sept. 26, addressing the congregation gathered in the chapel of the Santa Martha residence, is like the “Cyrene” – referring here to Simon of Cyrene – who helped Christ carry his own Cross. On the other hand, those who do not take up the cross move … [Read more...]

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On 30th anniversary, Project Rachel looks to a global future

Milwaukee, Wis., Sep 26, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After 30 years of providing post-abortion healing and support across the United States, Project Rachel is hoping to take its ministry abroad. “The aftermath of abortion is a universal phenomenon,” founder Vicki Thorn said in a recent interview with CNA. “The symptoms are basically the same across cultures; this is a woman who has lost her child in a traumatic and unnatural fashion.” Founded in 1984 as a … [Read more...]

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