This 82-year-old cardinal says he’ll face jail for democracy

Rome, Italy, Dec 4, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One of several leaders of Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement to surrender to police after months of pro-democracy protests, Cardinal Joseph Zen has said he is ready to go to jail. “I’m prepared to be jailed, which is the strongest and most sincere proof of the unfairness of the system in Hong Kong,” said Hong Kong's emeritus bishop, according to a translation of a report by the Hong Kong Economic … [Read more...]

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Papal mace points to education’s true purpose, Scottish bishop says

Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec 4, 2014 / 12:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The presentation of a special Papal mace marking the 600th anniversary of Scotland’s oldest university is a reminder of the ultimate purpose of education – to know, love and serve God, said the local bishop. “Western culture’s great endeavour through the universities founded in the Middle Ages was the pursuit of wisdom as defined as ‘fides quaerens intellectum’ or ‘faith seeking … [Read more...]

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‘Year for Vocations’: English diocese stresses universal call to sainthood

Shrewsbury, England, Dec 2, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Alongside the Year for Consecrated Life called for by Pope Francis, the Diocese of Shrewsbury, England, is observing 2015 as a year for vocations, promoting among the faithful the universal call to sanctity. “I want to speak about the calling which we all share,” Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury said in a pastoral letter read Nov. 30 at churches and chapels throughout the diocese. “It might startle you to be … [Read more...]

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Thousands of Tango dancers to perform for Pope’s birthday

Rome, Italy, Dec 2, 2014 / 02:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis enjoys the customs of his native Argentina. He drinks mate – an Argentinean tea – he follows soccer, and likes to listen to Tango music. Consequently, some 7,000 Tango dances have decided to perform a flash mob for the pontiff to celebrate his 78th birthday this month. Touted on social networks as “the largest milonga in the world,” nearly 9,000 dancers were invited to take part. The event is planned … [Read more...]

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A challenge and a grace – life for Catholics in Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey, Dec 1, 2014 / 02:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Living as a Catholic in the majority Muslim country of Turkey can be difficult, but it can also be a blessing and a call to witness, says Mexican priest Father Ruben Tierrablanca Gonzalez. A Franciscan friar who has served for 11 years at St. Mary Draperis Parish in Istanbul, Fr. Tierrablanca spoke with CNA Nov. 27. “Living as a Christian in Turkey is a huge challenge and a grace,” Fr. Tierrablanca said. “A grace … [Read more...]

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Patriarch prays for full union between Catholic, Orthodox churches

Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 29, 2014 / 10:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a prayer gathering on the second day of Pope Francis' visit to Turkey, Patriarch Bartholomew I welcomed him with joy, saying his presence is a symbolic “bridging” of the East and West. “May these holy fathers, on whose teaching our common faith of the first millennium was founded, intercede for us to the Lord so that we may rediscover the full union of our Churches, thereby fulfilling His divine will in … [Read more...]

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Unity becomes ‘uniformity’ without the Holy Spirit, Pope warns

Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 29, 2014 / 08:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During the only public Mass of his three-day apostolic journey to Turkey, Pope Francis warned that unity without the Holy Spirit stays limited within human plans and falls into mere uniformity. Celebrating the Mass in the Salesian-run Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul, Pope Francis began his reflection Saturday by turning to the day's Gospel reading from John, in which Jesus speaks of himself as “the font … [Read more...]

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