True models of conversion: wise men believed in love, not worldly power

Vatican City, Jan 6, 2015 / 05:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the solemnity of the Epiphany, Pope Francis said that the journey of the three wise men reflects a path of conversion taken by each person, in which God breaks the norm of our human expectations. “The crib points us to a different path from the one cherished by the thinking of this world: it is the path of God’s self-abasement, his glory concealed in the manger of Bethlehem, on the cross upon Calvary, in each of our … [Read more...]

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‘It’s like Jesus is coming to the Philippines’: Frenzy builds over Francis

Rome, Italy, Jan 6, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest on the papal flight for Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the Philippines said the country is anxiously awaiting the pontiff and is anticipating his paternal closeness with those who suffer. “For us Filipinos, (the Pope) is really the representative of Jesus on earth, so it's like Jesus (is) coming to the Philippines,” Father Gregory Gaston told CNA Dec. 9. Local faithful truly view the Pope “as a … [Read more...]

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Preparing for Francis, Sri Lanka Church considers roadmap for peace

New York City, N.Y., Jan 6, 2015 / 02:57 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- Deep wounds have barely begun healing. Only few years have passed since Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in May 2009. It is estimated that more than 100,000 people died in the conflict, most of them in the final months of the war. In 2010, a reconciliation commission was established to deal with atrocities committed by government troops in the northern and eastern parts of the island nation. But little has been done so … [Read more...]

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A cardinal’s hat for Archbishop Mamberti, new head of the Signatura

Vatican City, Jan 6, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Months after being named to replace Cardinal Raymond Burke as head of the Apostolic Signatura, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti will be among those joining the College of Cardinals during February's consistory. The announcement that the French Moroccan archbishop would be created cardinal along with 19 other prelates from around the world came Jan. 4 during Pope Francis' first Angelus address of the new year. Archbishop Mamberti, … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis casts into the deep to find two cardinals for Oceania

Wellington, New Zealand, Jan 5, 2015 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At his Angelus address on Jan. 4 Pope Francis announced the appointment of 20 cardinals, among whom are two representatives from Oceania: Archbishop John Dew of Wellington, and Bishop Soane Mafi of Tonga. They will be made cardinals at a consistory held in the Vatican Feb. 14. “We are in the vacation season celebrating the joy of Christmas and the appointment of Archbishop John Dew of Wellington (as cardinal) is a … [Read more...]

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Possible site of Jesus’ trial uncovered in the Holy Land

Washington D.C., Jan 5, 2015 / 02:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archeologists believe they may have discovered the place where Jesus’ trial before Pontius Pilate took place in Jerusalem. In an effort to expand The Tower of David Museum, archeologists began excavating an adjacent, abandoned prison building, the Washington Post reports. As they stripped away layers of the prison floor, they realized they were likely uncovering a missing link in the puzzle of the Holy Land’s … [Read more...]

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‘No human invention’ – Marriage a divine plan, bishop says

Shrewsbury, England, Jan 5, 2015 / 01:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has responded to Pope Francis' call for renewed commitment to the “Gospel of the Family” by releasing a pastoral letter on the special vocation and mission of the family. The pastoral letter was read at Mass in all the churches and chapels of the Shrewsbury diocese Dec. 28, the feast of the Holy Family, and reminded the faithful of the Church's constant and unchangeable teaching … [Read more...]

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