Augustinian sisters remembered for martyrdom in Algeria

Madrid, Spain, Sep 13, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Augustinian missionaries who were martyred in 1994 during the Algerian Civil War are today remembered within their community for their faithfulness, even to the point of death.Sisters Caridad Alvarez and Esther Paniagua were killed during a war between the Algerian government and Islamists, who targeted various groups, including foreigners living in the country.The decade-long war, which began in 1991, became especially violent … [Read more...]

Spanish priest warns against ignorance of Church social teaching

Madrid, Spain, Sep 12, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church’s social doctrine is central for the life of the faithful, said a Spanish priest, and widespread ignorance of that doctrine is affecting the performance of the laity in public life.“The Social Doctrine of the Church is one of the great unknowns for Catholics,” said Father Fernando Fuentes, who works for the Spanish bishops' Committee on Social Ministry.In statements to the SIC news agency, Fr. Fuentes … [Read more...]

Archbishop Parolin: Pope’s reforms a return to Church basics

Rome, Italy, Sep 12, 2013 / 01:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- New Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin said Pope Francis' reform efforts are not revolutionary, but stem from a fidelity to Christ and continuity with foundational Church teachings.In an interview with the Venezuelan daily El Universal, he said that the Pope's vision does not include “returning to the past” in external ways, but “returning to the fundamental principles of the … [Read more...]

Romanian martyr hailed as reminder of freedom in Christ

Bucharest, Romania, Sep 12, 2013 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Monsignor Vladimir Ghika, a martyr under the 20th century communist government in Romania, was beatified on Aug. 31, recognized as a witness to Christian freedom despite persecution.“He was a living example that in Christ you are a freeman and you can’t be enslaved even if you are thrown in jail or persecuted,” said Fr. Chris Terhes, communications director of the Romanian Eparchy of St. George's in Canton, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis urges faithful to help meet refugees’ needs

Rome, Italy, Sep 12, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis called for solidarity with refugees during his Tuesday visit to a Jesuit refugee center in Rome, reminding Christians of their duty to help meet the newcomers' needs.He lamented how many times refugees have been “forced to live in impoverished conditions, at times degrading, without the possibility of beginning a dignified life, to think about a new future!”The Pope voiced special concern for the refugee … [Read more...]

German bishop says ‘forces at work’ against Bishop Tebartz

Rome, Italy, Sep 11, 2013 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A German bishop has voiced his support of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg, who made headlines recently for being accused of leading a luxurious lifestyle.“There are forces at work that I cannot see, so everything is a bit puzzling for me,” Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer said on Sept. 11 during a conference for new bishops in Rome.“I know him personally and I consider him a modest man,” the Bishop of … [Read more...]

‘Papal bounce’ credited for increase in British confessions

London, England, Sep 11, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic clergy in England and Wales say more people are going to confession, and many credit both Pope Francis' election and Benedict XVI's 2010 papal visit for inspiring the trend.“This summer there has been a marked difference in demand compared to last summer...We don’t usually offer confessions in August but have done this year,” one priest said in response to a telephone survey conducted by the Catholic … [Read more...]