Pope Francis had a special message for the Eucharistic congress in the Philippines

Cebu, Philippines, Feb 1, 2016 / 07:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ closing message to the 2016 International Eucharistic Congress said that the Eucharist is a consolation for the Catholic – and also a summons to be a missionary to bring God’s mercy to everyone.“Dear friends, may this Eucharistic Congress strengthen you in your love of Christ present in the Eucharist,” he said in a Jan. 31 video message.  “May it be a leaven of reconciliation and … [Read more...]

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Millions turn out for Mass during Eucharistic Congress in the Philippines

Cebu, Philippines, Feb 1, 2016 / 04:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Massive crowds estimated in the millions took part in the Masses and liturgical processions of the eight-day International Eucharistic Congress which recently concluded in the Philippines.“We are called to understand, love and assimilate the very love of Jesus… Our lives too must be offered in sacrifice,” Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said in his Jan. 29 homily.An estimated 1.5 million people attended a … [Read more...]

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In Myanmar, the Good Shepherd sisters celebrate 150 years of mission

Yangon, Burma, Jan 27, 2016 / 01:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A century and a half ago, the Sisters of the Good Shepherd took their mission of evangelization and service to what is now Myanmar, or Burma. This year, they’re celebrating their anniversary jubilee in the country.“The journey of 150 years reminds us to honor the past, celebrating the present and to nurture a legacy of our mission for the future with hope,” Sister Elizabeth Joseph, R.G.S., told CNA Jan. 19.On Jan. 16 … [Read more...]

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Mercy, not magic – Archdiocese of Bombay clarifies Holy Doors and the Jubilee

Mumbai, India, Jan 26, 2016 / 04:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Bombay issued a clarification last week after WhatsApp users in Maharashtra were circulating a 'misleading' message which promoted a superstitious understanding of the Year of Mercy.The archdiocese's Jan. 19 statement noted that the text “gives the impression that merely walking through the Doors of Mercy will result in the forgiveness of sins.”“These doors are not magical doors and we … [Read more...]

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How Christians in remote India came together to celebrate Christmas

Miao, India, Jan 14, 2016 / 09:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the remote foothills of India’s Patkai-Bum mountains, a Catholic parish joined Christians of various denominations to share the joy of Christmas and forge friendships to serve a common vision of harmony and peace.“Christmas is an event of joy and unity and we must strive to live it,” Father Felix Anthony, head of communications for Diocese of Miao, told CNA Jan 10.“The aim of this fellowship is to foster … [Read more...]

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Millions flood streets of Manila for Black Nazarene devotion

Manila, Philippines, Jan 13, 2016 / 09:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Millions of Catholic faithful swarmed the streets of metro Manila for the procession of the Black Nazarene over the weekend, as clergy encouraged the devotees to use the occasion to reflect on Jesus Christ’s path to Calvary.Cardinal Antonio Tagle, the Archbishop of Manila, presided at the midnight Mass at Manila’s Quirino Grandstand hours before the procession began on Saturday morning. In his homily, he encouraged the … [Read more...]

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Why can’t Catholic couples write their own vows? This bishop explains.

Dagupan, Philippines, Jan 9, 2016 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The president of the Filipino bishops' conference has explained that couples are unable to write their own wedding vows because in the sacrament of marriage, it is Christ himself who is acting through the husband and wife.Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan wrote recently that personal expressions “should not be mixed in with the Church’s liturgy because this diminishes, confuses, and spoils the action … [Read more...]

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