Pope meets with 500 young pilgrims at St. Peter’s Basilica

Vatican City, Aug 28, 2013 / 12:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met today at Saint Peter’s Basilica with around 500 youths from the central Italian diocese of Piacenza-Bobbio, who are currently on pilgrimage in Rome.“This is a moment really of trepidation and joy, but also of deep faith, expressed through pure affection for the Pope,” said the Bishop Gianni Ambrosio of Piacenza just before the encounter.The pilgrimage, which is taking place during the Year of Faith, … [Read more...]

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Rape victim consoled, encouraged by call from Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Aug 28, 2013 / 12:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A 44-year-old woman from Argentina said that after writing a letter to Pope Francis telling him that she had been raped by a local police officer, the Pope called her to tell her, “You are not alone.”“The Pope told me he receives thousands of letters each day, but that what I wrote moved him and touched his heart,” the woman said in an interview with the National University of Cordoba’s Canal 10 TV … [Read more...]

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Iran rejects appeal from imprisoned US pastor

Washington D.C., Aug 28, 2013 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Calls for U.S. action continue after an Iranian court rejected an appeal from Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen imprisoned in Iran for his religious work in the country.“The news out of Iran is devastating to our family,” said Naghmeh Abedini, wife of the pastor, in an Aug. 26 statement. “From past cases, we know that the decision to release my husband lies solely at the mercy of the Supreme … [Read more...]

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Bishop highlights link between religious liberty, natural law

Arlington, Va., Aug 28, 2013 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison, Wis., implored Catholics to speak up for religious freedom and for truth after explaining the link between the two at a lecture in Arlington, Va., on Aug. 23.“Freedom of religion is the most basic of all the human rights, because the other human rights are limited to matters of time,” he said in a talk at the Institute of Catholic Culture.“Freedom of religion relates to my … [Read more...]

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Joseph Bottum claims fidelity to Church stance on marriage

Hot Springs, S.D., Aug 27, 2013 / 05:48 pm (CNA).- Author Joseph Bottum says that while parts of his controversial article on Catholic responses to “gay marriage” may have been unclear, he did not intend to suggest a divergence from Church teaching.“I'm not dissenting from Church doctrine here, in any way,” said Bottum, who wrote the essay “The Things We Share” in Commonweal last Friday.Rather, he told CNA Aug. 26, “I am taking exception to … [Read more...]

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Forty-five WYD participants seek refugee status in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 27, 2013 / 04:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Citing religious oppression in their home countries, 45 young people who took part in World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, have asked the country for refugee status.The young pilgrims from Pakistan, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo said that they suffer “persecution” and “threats” in their countries for professing the Catholic faith.The pilgrims had joined more than three … [Read more...]

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Military involvement in Syria could spark world war, bishop warns

Aleppo, Syria, Aug 27, 2013 / 01:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishop of Aleppo, Syria, has cautioned that foreign military action in the country could spark a global war, making the “tragic situation” much worse.“The only road to peace is dialogue,” said Bishop Antoine Audo on Aug. 27. “War will not take us anywhere.”“People live in anguish, not knowing what awaits them, and this has been happening during the two years of conflict,” he told … [Read more...]

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