Google maps launch virtual tour of Roman catacombs

Rome, Italy, Nov 21, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The internet's largest search engine has created a digital map of two large catacombs in Rome, hoping to expose users to the historical sites' beauty and spark curiosity to learn more about them.“If you can find catacombs, if you can find frescos, if you can find museums online, then you will be willing to know more,” Georgia Albetino told CNA during a Nov. 19 interview.“So our objective is actually to have … [Read more...]

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Rome program aims to better priests’ engagement with media

Rome, Italy, Nov 20, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an effort to equip future priests to better encounter the mass media, one seminary in Rome now provides a hands-on workshop in social communications.“We need to be part of the world-wide conversation that is happening on social issues, on religion, on faith – and we can do that by being able to give educated and effective responses to the media when asked,” explained instructor Ashley Noronha in an interview with CNA … [Read more...]

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Knights of Columbus’ Pope documentary now on DVD

Rome, Italy, Nov 20, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- The Knights of Columbus' new documentary on the life of Pope Francis and his election to the papacy will be available on DVD starting Nov. 20.“This documentary arrives as the world realizes that a very special man has assumed the leadership of the Catholic Church, and this begins – but does not end – with his gestures of humility and care for everyone,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus, an … [Read more...]

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Pope affirms traditionalist fraternity for unity with Peter

Paris, France, Nov 15, 2013 / 02:47 am (CNA).- Congratulating them on their 25th anniversary, Pope Francis has expressed his appreciation for the devotion to the Bishop of Rome exhibited by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter.“It was in a moment of great trial for the Church that the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter was born,” read an Oct. 28 letter from Archbishop Luigi Ventura, apostolic nuncio to France, to Fr. Vincent Ribeton, French district superior of the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis most popular name online, survey says

Rome, Italy, Nov 13, 2013 / 11:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new global survey has revealed that Pope Francis has topped the list of names most mentioned on the internet so far this year, with his twitter account also receiving a high ranking on a list of most mentioned words.“It’s official: Pope Francis is the most talked about person on the planet,” CNN’s “Belief Blog” co-editor Daniel Burke wrote in a Nov. 12 post.“More folks have been chatting … [Read more...]

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Vatican bombing in WWII was work of Italian fascists, author says

Rome, Italy, Nov 13, 2013 / 02:32 am (CNA).- Following the 70th anniversary of the bombing of the Vatican in World War II, the author of a new book on the affair has concluded that the attack was carried out by Italian fascist forces.The circumstances of the Nov. 5, 1943 bombing were long unclear, as was the bombing itself: Vatican City was a neutral country during the war, whose sovereignty was violated by the attack.The bombs were dropped around eight in the evening from a small plane, … [Read more...]

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Portsmouth bishop to consecrate diocese at Year of Faith’s end

Portsmouth, England, Nov 13, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth has announced that as a conclusion to the Year of Faith, he will consecrate the diocese to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and has granted a plenary indulgence to his faithful who make the consecration for themselves. “In asking everyone to consecrate themselves to the Heart of Jesus, I wish to strengthen our Christian identity, to renew our commitment to be disciples of Jesus Christ, to deepen … [Read more...]

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