Pope ‘deeply saddened’ by brutal killing of missionary nuns

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2014 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has expressed his condolences following the brutal murder of three Italian nuns in Burundi over the weekend, assuring the community of his closeness. “The Holy Father begs the Lord to welcome into his kingdom of peace and light these three faithful and devout nuns,” reads Sept. 8 a telegram addressed to Archbishop Evariste Ngoyagoye of Bujumbura, Burundi, where the sisters were serving in the parish of Saint … [Read more...]

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Knights’ collection for persecuted Iraqis passes $2 million

Washington D.C., Sep 11, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Knights of Columbus relief fund for persecuted Iraqi refugees has now surpassed $2 million, and the order has released a special prayer to add a spiritual dimension to the humanitarian response. “It has shocked the conscience of the world that people are systematically being purged from the region where their families have lived for millennia simply for their faith,” Knights of Columbus CEO and Supreme Knight Carl … [Read more...]

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Italian prime minister meets with Vatican Secretary of State

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The newly created Italian cardinals lunched Tuesday with Matteo Renzi, prime minister of Italy, discussing with him and his associates persecuted Christians, immigration, and employment challenges. The Sept. 9 lunch also set the basis for an official meeting between Renzi and Pope Francis. Renzi, who assumed office Feb. 22, has yet to pay the Pope an official state visit, though he and his family did meet with him in private, for … [Read more...]

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Love of God linked to love of man, archbishop reminds on 9/11

Denver, Colo., Sep 11, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA).- The 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States is a chance to mourn and honor those who died, as well as to choose love over hatred, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila said. “The fruit of people hating their fellow man is that they end up hating God. Their religion becomes warped and twisted by their hatred for their neighbor,” the Denver archbishop said in his Sept. 11 column for the Denver Catholic … [Read more...]

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Vatican state secretariat strengthens its control over ‘the Pope’s hospital’

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2014 / 08:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican Secretariat of State established June 28 a Comittee of Presidency for the Pediatric Hospital “Bambino Gesù,” owned by the Holy See, thereby strengthening its control over the institution. The committee is composed of five members, including the president of the Board of Directors, and is entrusted with some of the Board of Administration’s tasks. Its members directly respond to the Secretary of … [Read more...]

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Vatican state secretariat strengthens its control over ‘the Pope’s hospital’

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2014 / 08:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican Secretariat of State established June 28 a Comittee of Presidency for the Pediatric Hospital “Bambino Gesù,” owned by the Holy See, thereby strengthening its control over the institution. The committee is composed of five members, including the president of the Board of Directors, and is entrusted with some of the Board of Administration’s tasks. Its members directly respond to the Secretary of … [Read more...]

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Family finds hope in priestly ordination of dying seminarian

San Antonio, Texas, Sep 10, 2014 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Family members of a priest who died of cancer just two days after his ordination say that his brief priesthood was an incredible blessing, for which they are grateful.   “In the midst of the sadness because he was very sick, his ordination was a tremendous blessing for us,” said Miriam Carmona, Fr. William Carmona’s eldest sister who lives in Medellin, Colombia. “In a family of sinners, because each … [Read more...]

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