In Peru, blood drive donors draw inspiration from priests martyred by terrorists

Lima, Peru, Dec 8, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Inspired by Saturday's beatification of the first Peruvian martyrs, a group of young people has launched a blood drive initiative “#DonaEsperanza” in order to “give hope” and follow the example of three priests slain by Marxist guerillas. The Shining Path Marxist terrorist group in 1991 took the lives of Polish priests Fathers Zbigniew Strzalkowski and Michele Tomaszek and Italian priest Fr. Alessandro Dordi. … [Read more...]

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In Chile, massive Marian pilgrimage to open Year of Mercy

Santiago, Chile, Dec 4, 2015 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of thousands in Chile will visit the Lo Vasquez Shrine this coming December 8 on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, taking part in one of the most well-attended pilgrimages in the country. Our Immaculate Lady of Lo Vasquez, known in Spanish as “Nuestra Señora Purísima,” is a devotion that dates back to 1850 in Valparaiso, Chile. On Dec. 7 and 8 the shrine draws almost 1 million … [Read more...]

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What Argentina’s bishops are proposing to drug traffickers

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec 3, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA).- The Argentine bishops' conference issued “a strong call to conversion” to those involved in drug trafficking and dealing, urging them to take advantage of the Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy which begins Dec. 8. “We are especially addressing those who belong to criminal groups, those who look with indifference upon the tragedy their brothers are going through, those who are collaborating by omission or … [Read more...]

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Sodalitium Christianae Vitae forms ethics commission amid investigation of founder

Lima, Peru, Dec 1, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA).- The superior general of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae has announced the creation of an Ethics Commission for Justice and Reconciliation to assist and offer proposals amid investigations following accusations against its founder. “In the last few weeks, we have seen with pain and shame the disclosure of credible accusations about the grave misconduct and abuse committed by Luis Fernando Figari and other members of the Sodalitium of Christian … [Read more...]

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En route to Kenya, Pope Francis confirms Mexico trip

Aboard the papal plane, Nov 25, 2015 / 01:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Before his plane landed in Kenya on Wednesday, Pope Francis confirmed to reporters that he would indeed visit Mexico early next year. Valentina Alazraki of Mexico’s Noticieros Televisa confirmed to CNA that Pope Francis told her his trip to Mexico would include four cities, not three. He said his trip will include a visit to the town of Ciudad Juarez on the Mexican-U.S. border. The Holy See Press Office has not … [Read more...]

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Preschooler whose ‘celebration of Mass’ went viral dies of cancer

Sao Paulo, Brazil, Nov 20, 2015 / 06:17 am (CNA).- A young Brazilian boy whose solemn reenactment of the Mass drew hordes of online traffic has passed away after nearly two years of battling an aggressive form of cancer. Rafael Freitas, age 4, loved to pretend to celebrate Mass. He said he wanted to be Pope someday. On Nov. 14, he passed away, according to his family. In a Facebook post reflecting on his life, his father Randersson cited the Psalms: “You show me the path of life. … [Read more...]

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Canada can do better, bishops say in wake of refugee crisis

Ottawa, Canada, Nov 13, 2015 / 03:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Allow yourself to be troubled by the plight of migrants and refugees around the world – this was the message of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to the faithful of their country in a new pastoral letter last month. Noting the refugee crisis across the globe, the bishops called on Catholics in Canada to welcome refugees and respond to their suffering with action, charity and prayer. “This pastoral letter is a … [Read more...]

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