Pope may visit Turin in 2015 to remember St John Bosco’s birth

Turin, Italy, Feb 1, 2014 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis may visit the Italian city of Turin in 2015 for the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesians, and for an exposition of the Shroud of Turin, believed to be Christ's burial cloth. The news has been circulating this week in Turin, the saint's adopted home where he founded the Salesians, focusing on his feast day, celebrated Jan. 31. St. John Bosco dedicated himself to the betterment of … [Read more...]

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Police recover stolen JPII relic, bishop forgives thieves

Rome, Italy, Jan 31, 2014 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian bishop has voiced forgiveness for those responsible for stealing a relic of the blood of Blessed Pope John Paul II, soon after police announced the relic’s recovery. “I think John Paul has forgiven them. I think we have to do the same,” Auxiliary Bishop Giovanni D’Ercole of L’Aquila said a Jan. 31 press conference.   The relic is a small square-shaped piece of cloth of John Paul II’s … [Read more...]

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Bishop sees movement away from ‘culture of death’ in Europe

Madrid, Spain, Jan 29, 2014 / 03:17 pm (CNA).- A series of recent pro-life and pro-marriage events show that Europe is reacting against the 'culture of death,' said Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Pla of Alcala de Henares in Spain. “Something is changing in Europe,” the bishop said in an article published in the Alpha and Omega Catholic weekly. He pointed to events including the recent March for Life in Paris and defense of marriage demonstrations reportedly drawing more than … [Read more...]

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Ukraine protests seek to defend human rights, bishop reflects

Kiev, Ukraine, Jan 29, 2014 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading Ukrainian Greek Catholic bishop has denounced the “brutality” of government crackdowns on protests in the Ukraine, while urging protestors not to take up arms. “The country, in somewhat traumatic ways, is trying to break the bonds of the past and the bonds of fear and subjugation by declaring the God-given dignity of every human being,” said Bishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy … [Read more...]

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Relic of John Paul II’s blood stolen from Italian church

Rome, Italy, Jan 28, 2014 / 02:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A reliquary containing drops of the blood of Blessed Pope John Paul II has been stolen from a church in central Italy. According to reports, thieves stole the relic and a small simple cross from the Church of San Pietro della Ienca in the mountainous region of Abruzzo. Pasquale Corrieri, who heads the cultural center that cares for the church, said he believed the theft was “commissioned,” ABC News … [Read more...]

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Pope reminds businesses of responsibility to help poor, vulnerable

Davos, Switzerland, Jan 28, 2014 / 12:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Business leaders have an obligation to use their gifts to help the poor and vulnerable, working to promote equality and human dignity, said Pope Francis in a recent letter. “It is intolerable that thousands of people continue to die every day from hunger, even though substantial quantities of food are available, and often simply wasted,” the Pope said. “Likewise, we cannot but be moved by the many refugees … [Read more...]

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Manoppello’s Holy Face shrine sees uptick in US interest

Rome, Italy, Jan 26, 2014 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Shrine to the Holy Face of Christ tucked into Italy's Appennine mountains is starting to catch the attention of the world, particularly that of American Catholics.   “We have a lot of Italians, of course, and many Germans but now we're seeing more and more pilgrims from the U.S.,” said Sister Blandina Paschalis Schloemer, a Trappist nun and daily pilgrim that lives within eye-shot of the shrine.   The … [Read more...]

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