Francis’ letter to Cubans: Imitate Mary’s joy, haste, perseverance

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Sep 7, 2014 / 10:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Marking the feast of the patroness of Cuba, Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, Pope Francis on Monday sent a letter to Archbishop Dionisio Garcia Ibanez of Santiago encouraging the faithful of the island country to remain steadfast in their devotion to the Virgin Mary. The Pope remarked particularly on three virtues that are seen in the account of Mary found in the Gospels: her joy, seen when she conceived Christ; her service, … [Read more...]

Venezuelan cardinal: praying the ‘Our Chavez’ is idolatrous

Caracas, Venezuela, Sep 3, 2014 / 03:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of Caracas demanded Wednesday that the Our Father be respected, after the Venezuelan government presented a prayer to the country's late president, Hugo Chavez, which is a parody of the Lord's Prayer. “In recent days a new version of Christianity’s most universal prayer, the ‘Our Father,’ has been made known. In it, the prayer is addressed to deceased President Chavez instead of to God … [Read more...]

Chilean lawmakers ask president to denounce Iraqi violence

Santiago, Chile, Aug 27, 2014 / 12:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Chilean Congress has unanimously approved a measure calling on President Michelle Bachelet to condemn “the brutal persecution” of Christians in Iraq and to ask the U.N. to take measures for a “quick solution.” Congressman Felipe De Mussy, who sponsored the measure, told CNA on Aug. 21, “We need to understand that there are people who are suffering greatly and although we may be hundreds of kilometers … [Read more...]

‘American dream’ ends in deportation for Honduran moms

Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Aug 6, 2014 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Angelica Galvez set off this summer on a grueling, one-month journey to the U.S. – fleeing economic hardship in violence-ridden Honduras and seeking a better life for her six-year-old daughter. “We traveled by train, we had to sleep on a hill and even beg for money,” she told local Catholic weekly newspaper Fides. The young mother's hopes were cut short, however, once she reached El Paso, Texas. She was … [Read more...]

Peruvian abortion law prompts call for prayer, fasting

Lima, Peru, Aug 6, 2014 / 02:08 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren of Piura and Tumbes in Peru is calling on the faithful to pray and fast, asking God for the reversal of the nation’s new law allowing some abortions. In a letter sent Aug. 5, Archbishop Eguren repeated his condemnation of a new protocol on abortion enacted on June 27 by the administration of President Ollanta Humala. He warned that it is “the first norm on abortion in our country” that has … [Read more...]

Child migrant surge originates in traffickers’ lies, bishop says

San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Aug 5, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Central American bishop has said the recent wave of migrants to the U.S., which has included many unaccompanied minors, has been shaped in large part by “false illusions” created by organized criminals and traffickers. “It is unfortunate that the illusion and mirage that the U.S. is the best place for all of the children from Honduras, when it is a false and empty promise to say that arriving there they … [Read more...]

Brazil Catholic community leads surging charismatic renewal

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 4, 2014 / 08:03 pm (CNA).- As a steadily growing movement in the Catholic Church, the Charismatic Renewal includes an estimated 160 million of the world's roughly 1.2 billion Roman Catholics. While many of the Charismatic Renewal's members are scattered in individual parishes across the estimated 238 countries in which the movement exists, one group – formed in Brazil – is helping to bring them together. Founded in July 1982, the Shalom … [Read more...]


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