Rio favela continues to reap fruits from World Youth Day

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After nearly two years of preparation, Father José Almy Gomes, 40, almost wasn’t ready for Pope Francis’ World Youth Day pilgrimage to Rio de Janeiro. A student at Rome’s Patristic Institute Augustinianum from 2003 to 2007, Fr. Almy was the pastor of St. Dominic’s in Perdizes – a rural neighborhood of São Paulo. He worked from June 2011 to August 2012 organizing a group of over 100 … [Read more...]

El Salvador youth saved from violence by music

San Salvador, El Salvador, Jul 24, 2014 / 02:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly 1,000 children and teens who live in violent, crime-ridden areas of El Salvador have turned to the Don Bosco Youth Symphonic Orchestra as an alternative to a life of drugs and conflict. The orchestra is financed by a $1 million grant from the Social Fund for the Development of Japan, administered by the World Bank. It is run by Spanish Salesian Father Jose Maria Moratalla Escudero, known as Father Pepe, who is … [Read more...]

Church in Mexico helps collect weapons for disarmament program

Mexico City, Mexico, Jul 19, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For the third year in a row, the Archdiocese of Mexico City is hosting a voluntary disarmament program as part of a campaign to reduce violence in the Mexican capital. Rosa Icela Rodriguez of Mexico City’s Secretariat for Social Development said the program would not be possible without the assistance of local officials, the Defense ministry and the Church. “We are very happy because society has responded positively … [Read more...]

Soccer stars to play inter-religious friendly match for peace

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jul 16, 2014 / 12:28 am (CNA).- Retired soccer star Javier “Pupi” Zanetti, who was captain of the Argentinean national team and of Inter Milan in Italy, will soon don his cleats again to take part in an inter-religious friendly match for peace. The Argentinean soccer player will join Roberto Baggio of Italy and Zinedine Zidane of France for the first “Inter-Religious Match for Peace.” Lionel Messi, Francesco Totti, Gianluigi Buffon and … [Read more...]

Catholics, Jews and Muslims sign peace statement in Colombia

Bogotá, Colombia, Jul 11, 2014 / 12:21 pm (CNA).- Catholic, Jewish and Muslim representatives in Colombia have signed a historic joint statement for peace in a July 1 ceremony at the residence of the Archbishop of Bogota. Cardinal Ruben Salazar Gomez, Rabbi Alfredo Goldschmidt, and Sheik Ahmad Tayel led the ceremony which included prayer, song and the presentation of commemorative plaques. The three representatives concluded the event with the signing of an inter-religious declaration for … [Read more...]

Papal delegation to investigate Paraguayan diocese

Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, Jul 9, 2014 / 03:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is sending an apostolic visitation to the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, a Paraguayan diocese the vicar general of which has a history of sexual abuse accusations. Archbishop Eliseo Ariotti, apostolic nuncio to Paraguay, announced July 2 that the Pope will be sending an apostolic visitation to the diocese July 21-26 “to determine not only what has happened recently, but all there is to see in the house of … [Read more...]

Mother of Brazilian soccer star reveals she considered abortion

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 8, 2014 / 01:08 pm (CNA).- Thiago Silva might not have been the captain of the Brazilian national team playing in the semi-finals this week in the 2014 World Cup: his mother considered having an abortion when she was pregnant with him. Silva's mother, Angela, revealed the story about her 29-year-old son during a recent interview with the Brazilian television network O'Globo. "I cried on my father's shoulder and said, 'Daddy, I don't want … [Read more...]


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