Pope Francis gives Easter eggs to children with cancer

Rome, Italy, Apr 22, 2014 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis sent 150 Easter eggs to the Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital as an Easter gift to children hospitalized with cancer. According to hospital officials, a van from the Vatican filled with chocolate eggs arrived at the facility during Holy Week, and the eggs were given to the children in the oncology unit. The Bambino Gesu Hospital, known as “the Pope's Hospital,” was founded in 1869 and is the oldest pediatric … [Read more...]

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Pope leads thousands in Stations of the Cross reflections

Rome, Italy, Apr 18, 2014 / 02:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following his celebration of the liturgy commemorating the Lord's Passion, Pope Francis led pilgrims in the traditional prayer of the Stations of the Cross, which was held inside of the Coliseum in Rome. “I know Jesus guides us from the Cross to the resurrection,” Pope Francis said during his brief comments at the end of the meditations, adding that he “teaches us that evil does not have the final word, but love, … [Read more...]

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New English discernment house hopes to help vocations flourish

Manchester, United Kingdom, Apr 16, 2014 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, England, has announced plans for a house of discernment for potential priests, emphasizing the need for “a renewed love for the priesthood.” “If we truly open our hearts in prayer within our families and parishes, I have no doubt this gift of new vocations will be given us,” the bishop said in his homily during the April 16 Chrism Mass at St. Anthony’s Church … [Read more...]

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Expert says social media changes are evangelization opportunity

Rome, Italy, Apr 15, 2014 / 04:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The internet and social media have caused major changes in human communication, but also create a “tremendous opportunity” for evangelization, a communications expert with the U.S. bishops has said. “The new social media built off of the internet and the web are really changing how we understand ourselves as humans and how we understand communications,” Helen Osman, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ … [Read more...]

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Pontifical council considers energy’s relation to justice, peace

Rome, Italy, Apr 13, 2014 / 07:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican body concerned with justice and peace presented a book Friday which considers their connection with energy, and how energy can both threaten and serve integral human development. “In this book, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace addresses a dialogue between faith and energy,” said Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the pontifical council, at the presentation of “Energy, Justice and Peace” … [Read more...]

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John Paul II’s secretary: pontificate was marked by martyrdom

Krakow, Poland, Apr 11, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, one of Bl. John Paul II’s closest collaborators, said the Pope’s holiness and pontificate were characterized by martyrdom. In an article entitled “A Life with Karol,” published in a magazine insert by the Italian newspaper Avvenire, Cardinal Dziwisz said that during the May 13, 1981 assassination attempt, “the Pope’s blood was shed … and the Pope came … [Read more...]

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Maidan protests gave rise to a ‘new society’ in Ukraine

Kyiv, Ukraine, Apr 10, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The three months of protests in Kyiv’s Maidan Square were a demonstration of Ukrainians’ moving beyond fear to find their freedom and founding a new society, a philosopher from the country’s east has reflected. “Freedom is needed in order to defend human dignity,” Aleksandr Filonenko, an associate professor of the philosophy of science at the University of Kharkiv, told CNA April 8. “We are not … [Read more...]

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