These 61 cloistered nuns visited a prison

Santiago, Chile, May 28, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of 61 cloistered nuns from six monasteries in Santiago, Chile made an historic visit to the local Women's Prison Center to spend time with the inmates and attend Mass with them.“I don't know if in the 400 years of the history of Santiago, there has been another occasion when contemplative sisters from several monasteries joined together to celebrate the Eucharist with a group of women who are incarcerated, but who … [Read more...]

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Teen girls cancel Disney World trip to see Pope Francis instead

Asunción, Paraguay, May 21, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Dozens of teen girls in Paraguay had planned to celebrate their 15th birthday – or Quinceañera – at Florida's Disney World.But the students at the Almenas de Asunción school ultimately called the trip off and decided to visit Rome so that they could attend the Jubilee of Adolescents with Pope Francis.Quinceañera is a commemoration of the transition from childhood to adulthood, when Latin … [Read more...]

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A bizarre ruling in Colombia bans civic prayer…and hugs

Cartagena, Colombia, May 20, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA).- In what's been labeled an “absurd” move, a judge in Colombia has banned prayer and “fraternal hugs” at the start of Cartagena city council sessions as well as local educational institutions.The ban on civic prayer – as well as the baffling prohibition against “fraternal hugs” anywhere from businesses to private family life – has generated immense controversy and protests among Christians on … [Read more...]

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That time Jesus appeared in the sky of Mexico

Lima, Peru, May 19, 2016 / 03:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- It's a major miracle that you've probably never heard of.On Sunday, Oct. 3, 1847, more than 2,000 people in Ocotlán, Mexico saw a perfect image of Jesus Christ crucified that appeared in the sky for more than 30 minutes.Approved by the Archdiocese of Guadalajara in 1911, the phenomenon is known as the “Miracle of Ocotlán” and took place one day before an earthquake that killed 40 and left the town in … [Read more...]

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Pro-soccer player turned priest reunites with fans in Chile

Santiago, Chile, May 17, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA).- With a Mass celebrated in the chapel where he used to pray, former soccer star Chase Hilgenbrinck was reunited recently with the faithful, friends and fans – not as a soccer star, but as a priest.An American, Chase Hilgenbrinck was a successful pro soccer player who spent four seasons in Chile before returning to the U.S. He played for the New England Revolution before experiencing a call to the priesthood and leaving behind his soccer … [Read more...]

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Vatican appoints Archbishop Tobin as delegate for Sodalitium reforms

Lima, Peru, May 13, 2016 / 12:53 pm (CNA).- The superior general of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae announced in a statement today that Archbishop Joseph William Tobin of Indianapolis has been appointed by the Vatican as the delegate to oversee the order’s ongoing reforms.According to the statement, Archbishop Tobin was appointed to the task by the Congregation for the Institutios of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life. As delegate, Archbishop Tobin’s … [Read more...]

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How a cancer diagnosis led to a hospital wedding

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 11, 2016 / 06:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Last year, Sandra Raquel Nogueira Pereira was diagnosed with uterine cancer.But while the months that followed were filled with the pain and fear typical to a cancer diagnosis, Sandra’s story was also one with intense joy, as she finally fulfilled a longtime wish of marrying her boyfriend of 16 years.  Several months into her hospital stay, Sandra married Sérgio Pereira da Silva on May 2, according to the … [Read more...]

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