Video showing marriage of young man with cancer goes viral

Manila, Philippines, Jul 3, 2014 / 04:09 pm (CNA).- Millions of viewers around the world have watched a YouTube video showing the determination of a young man in the Philippines to marry the love of his life just hours before dying of terminal cancer. At the beginning of this year, Rowden and Leizel decided to marry. They planned on a July 8 wedding, but Rowden, age 29, was diagnosed with advanced cancer of the kidneys at the end of May. Learning that his cancer was terminal, … [Read more...]

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Official logo, prayer for WYD Krakow 2016 announced

Krakow, Poland, Jul 3, 2014 / 11:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a press conference held earlier today in Krakow, Poland, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz presented the official logo and prayer for the 31st World Youth Day slated to take place there in 2016. Announced by Pope Francis during the closing Mass for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro last summer, the Krakow event is expected to draw millions, and follows the canonization of Polish Saint John Paul II earlier this spring. World Youth Day is … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis names new bishop to Fall River diocese

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2014 / 07:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It was announced by the Vatican earlier today that Pope Francis has tapped Bishop Edgar Moreira da Cunha, S.D.V., auxiliary for Newark, N.J., to lead the diocese of Fall River, Mass. “Today, with a mixture of great joy and sadness, I congratulate Bishop Edgar da Cunha on his appointment as Bishop of Fall River,” Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark said in a July 3 statement. “I am confident that the priests, religious … [Read more...]

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Catholic aid organizations scramble to meet Iraqi needs

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2014 / 04:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a tumultuous Iraq facing an increasingly uncertain future, Catholic charity organizations are rallying to meet the immediate needs of those afflicted by ongoing violence. “Movement is pretty limited, so all numbers and information we get is anecdotal,” Kris Ozar, correspondent for Caritas Egypt, an international relief agency of the Church, told CNA June 30. “The one thing that’s certain and that I’m … [Read more...]

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Surge of ‘desperate’ migrant children leaves needs unmet

Washington D.C., Jul 3, 2014 / 04:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As a wave of unaccompanied children adds to the already large numbers of immigrants entering the United States, humanitarian groups warn that resources to serve the vulnerable population are running thin. Fr. Sean Carroll of the Kino Border Initiative, a migration advocacy organization, was able to visit a federal facility housing migrants in Nogales, Ariz., but was not allowed to minister to the people there. “They … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis banner in downtown Denver aims to inspire

Denver, Colo., Jul 3, 2014 / 02:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A 10-foot tall banner depicting Pope Francis embracing a young child was hung July 1 on the exterior of the Samaritan House homeless shelter in downtown Denver, as a reminder of the need for loving service and encounter. “This beautiful image illustrates the Holy Father’s vision of love and charity in Jesus Christ,” said Wendy Oldenbrook, director of marketing and communications at Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese … [Read more...]

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Cardinals council zeroes-in on Vatican management, finances

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the second of four days of meetings, the council of eight cardinals discussed the management of the Vatican State and of the Curia, including the so-called “Vatican Bank,” whose process of reform is ongoing. Pope Francis, along with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, is involved in the meetings with the group of cardinals who he selected last year to help in Church reform efforts. The Pope was present at … [Read more...]

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