Mexico Cathedral to receive John Paul II relic

Mexico City, Mexico, Feb 4, 2014 / 06:27 pm (CNA).- The Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mexico City will open its Holy Door on Feb. 9 to receive a first-class relic of Blessed John Paul II, as well as a painting and a skullcap used by the late pontiff. The ceremony will mark the beginning of the relic’s pilgrimage throughout the archdiocese in order to encourage the faithful to follow the April 27 canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII with deep devotion. Cardinal Norberto … [Read more...]

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Horror of the Holocaust must never be repeated, Pope writes

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jan 28, 2014 / 07:53 pm (CNA).- In a letter to his friend Rabbi Abraham Skorka of Buenos Aires to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Pope Francis wrote that the horror of the Holocaust must never be repeated. The letter was read out Monday evening at a concert in Rome entitled “Violins of Hope” to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust. In his letter, the Holy Father said he hoped that those who attend the concert “can identify with those historic … [Read more...]

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Mexican bishops call for solution amid Michoacan violence

Mexico City, Mexico, Jan 24, 2014 / 12:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Mexican bishops called on government leaders to find a comprehensive solution to the violence that is afflicting the country, especially in the drug-laden state of Michoacan. In a statement issued Jan. 21 by the executive committee of the Mexican Bishops' Conference, the prelates urged authorities to bring to an end “the violence that is afflicting so many persons and families, so that citizens can live in peace, … [Read more...]

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Haiti encounters hope, challenges four years after devastation

Port au Prince, Haiti, Jan 16, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Four years after a desolating earthquake affected millions in Haiti, Catholic Relief Services continues to help the nation move from recovery to addressing social concerns that pre-dated the catastrophe. “You can't help but have great love for Haitians,” Darren Hercyk, Catholic Relief Services' Country Representative for Haiti based in Port-au-Prince, told CNA Jan. 15. In Haiti, he said, there are … [Read more...]

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Argentine rabbi: Pope’s visit to Holy Land could foster peace

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jan 16, 2014 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Rabbi Abraham Skorka, rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary, believes that Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the Holy Land is a chance to bring a message of peace to the world. The rabbi, who is a close friend of the Pope from Argentina, said he received news of the Holy Father's May 24-26 visit to the Holy Land “with great joy.” “We dreamed of this visit to the Holy Land, to Israel in … [Read more...]

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Haiti’s first cardinal-designate highlights nation’s struggles

Port au Prince, Haiti, Jan 15, 2014 / 12:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The president of the Haitian Bishops’ Conference voiced hope that his recent appointment to become a cardinal will raise the profile of the nation, which is still recovering from a devastating 2010 earthquake. Bishop Chibly Langlois of Les Cayes is one of 19 men who will be made cardinals at a consistory at the Vatican on Feb. 22. He is the first cardinal ever to be named from Haiti. Pope Francis announced the appointment … [Read more...]

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Argentine bishop offers prayers for lightning strike victims

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jan 13, 2014 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Antonio Marino of Mar de Plata in Argentina has offered prayers for those killed or injured by a recent lightning strike at a beach club in the town of Villa Gesell in the province of Buenos Aires. The lightning strike occurred Jan. 9 during a thunderstorm, killing four people and injuring more than 20. Witnesses said the damage could have been worse had beachgoers not taken shelter from the heavy downpour. Bishop … [Read more...]

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