Lent is a ‘strong’ time of conversion, Pope Francis reflects

Vatican City, Mar 5, 2014 / 12:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience on Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis called Lent a moment of renewal which allows us to look at the needs of others with “new eyes,” and to grow in love. “Brothers and sisters: today, Ash Wednesday, begins the Lenten itinerary that leads us to the celebration of the Easter Triduum, a memorial of our salvation,” the Pope said in March 5. “Lent,” he affirmed during his weekly … [Read more...]

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Transcript: Pope Francis’ March 5 interview with Corriere della Sera

Vatican City, Mar 5, 2014 / 11:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Find below an English translation, by CNA's Estefania Aguirre and Alan Holdren, of the March 5 interview of Pope Francis with Italian daily "Corriere della Sera". Holy Father, every once in a while you call those who ask you for help. Sometimes they don’t believe you. Yes, it has happened. When one calls, it is because he wants to speak, to pose a question, to ask for counsel. As a priest in Buenos Aires it … [Read more...]

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Historian critiques Cardinal Kasper’s speech as a ‘cultural revolution’

Rome, Italy, Mar 5, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Roberto de Mattei, an Italian historian, has written about Cardinal Walter Kasper’s Feb. 20 address to cardinals on marriage and the family, calling it a “resounding revolution of culture and praxis.” The column, authored by the chair of the history department at the European University of Rome, appeared in Il Foglio March 1 immediately following the full text of Cardinal Kasper’s address; it was translated into … [Read more...]

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Report: Syrian rebel group makes Christians low-status subjects

Washington D.C., Mar 5, 2014 / 04:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An ultimatum allegedly from a jihadist group has demanded that Syrian Christians live as “dhimmis,” low-status subjects who must pay protection money and obey strict restrictions on their religious practice. Christians who reject conversion to Islam or the restrictive conditions “are subject to being legitimate targets, and nothing will remain between them and ISIS other than the sword,” said the online … [Read more...]

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Pope names secretary general for new economy dicastery

Vatican City, Mar 5, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis appointed Monsignor Alfred Xuereb March 3 as prelate secretary general for the Vatican’s new Secretariat for the Economy, which will oversee economic and administrative affairs in the city state. Msgr. Xuereb, 55, is from Malta’s Diocese of Gozo, and has served as Pope Francis’ personal secretary. He served on Benedict XVI’s staff as a personal secretary beginning in September 2007, a post he held … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, Perugia’s first red hat in 160 years

Perugia, Italy, Mar 5, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Among the cardinals elevated by Pope Francis at the Feb. 22 consistory is Gualtiero Bassetti, Archbishop of Perugia-Citta della Pieve – a diocese which has not seen a cardinal since 1878. That year, Archbishop Vincenzo Pecci of Perugia, who had been made a cardinal in 1853, was elected Pope Leo XIII. Cardinal Bassetti was born in 1942 in Maraddi, little more than an hour outside of Florence. He was ordained a priest of the … [Read more...]

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Planned Parenthood election spending demands response, pro-lifers say

Washington D.C., Mar 4, 2014 / 06:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Planned Parenthood’s intention to spend millions of dollars to support political candidates who favor legal abortion shows the need to speak out more on the issue, pro-life groups say. “There are no winners, except those making money by selling abortions, when Big Abortion leader Planned Parenthood pours millions into America's elections,” Lila Rose, the president of the pro-life group Live Action, told Fox News … [Read more...]

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