For youth in Krakow, seeing Pope Francis will be ‘out of this world’

Krakow, Poland, Jul 25, 2016 / 02:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As thousands of youth are setting foot in Krakow for World Youth Day, many voiced their excitement not only to meet peers who share the same faith, but above all to see Pope Francis in person.For Ernest, a young pilgrim traveling from Zimbabwe, “that feeling is going to be out of this world. It’s going to be out of this world.”In July 25 comments to CNA, Ernest said that he’s always seen the Pope on TV, but … [Read more...]

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Munich archbishop, Benedict XVI grieve deadly shooting

Munich, Germany, Jul 23, 2016 / 08:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The archbishop of Munich has called for prayers for the victims of Friday’s deadly shooting at a shopping mall, and condemned acts of violence which “poison” society with fear."This horrific crime deeply affects me and fills me with profound grief," Cardinal Reinhard Marx is quoted as saying in a July 23 statement by the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising."My prayers are with the victims and … [Read more...]

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Munich archbishop expresses ‘profound grief’ over deadly shooting

Munich, Germany, Jul 23, 2016 / 08:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The archbishop of Munich has called for prayers for the victims of Friday’s deadly shooting at a shopping mall, and condemned acts of violence which “poison” society with fear."This horrific crime deeply affects me and fills me with profound grief", Cardinal Reinhard Marx is quoted as saying in a July 23 statement by the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising."My prayers are with the victims and their … [Read more...]

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This priest encourages drivers to ‘be merciful on the road’

Madrid, Spain, Jul 22, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As more drivers hit the roads in the U.S. and Europe for summer road trips, a priest in Spain is ramping up his 'highway ministry' to promote safety and to care for those who spend much of their lives on four wheels.Father José Aumenté  is the head of the Spanish bishops' highway ministry, which began after a priest was aided by a trucker on Christmas night in 1962.“A priest had to go from one town … [Read more...]

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The powerful witness of Iraqi young people at World Youth Day

Rome, Italy, Jul 21, 2016 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Among the swarms of pilgrims registered for World Youth Day in Poland next week is a large group of Iraqi youth, who aim to witness to the joy of their faith despite ongoing violent persecution.“I want everyone to see a witness of faith, of suffering faith, and the faith of our group,” Fr. Rayan Atto told CNA July 19.He said they don't need “anything special” from the other pilgrims they'll meet in Krakow, … [Read more...]

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Baptism at sea – refugee child born during boat rescue

Munich, Germany, Jul 20, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the midst of her stressful overseas voyage to Europe, Vivian, a very pregnant Nigerian woman who departed from the Libyan coast, ended up giving birth on the German naval ship that rescued her and her 654 companions.Her first request when she saw the military chaplain on board? That her newborn son get baptized.According to the German Military Chaplaincy, Vivian, who is Catholic and likely fleeing ongoing violence and persecution … [Read more...]

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Local bishop expresses dismay over German train attack

Würzburg, Germany, Jul 19, 2016 / 11:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of Monday night's terror attack by an Afghan Islamist on a train and pedestrians in Würzburg, the city's bishop has issued a statement of "great dismay" at the events, which left several people severely wounded."One is speechless in such a moment", Bishop Friedhelm Hofmann of Würzburg said July 19, assuring the injured and affected of his prayers and announcing the Church's … [Read more...]

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