Priest hopes papal visit will nurture fledgling Albanian Church

Tirana, Albania, Sep 19, 2014 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Albania could encourage the leaders of the Catholic Church in a nation with a long history of religious persecution and political domination, said a priest in the country. Father Don Carlo Lorenzo Rossetti, a Fidei donum priest from the Diocese of Rome, has been based in Albania since 2003. In a Sept. 17 interview with Aid to the Church in Need, Fr. Rossetti said that despite significant challenges … [Read more...]

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Spanish youth call on government to keep pro-life promises

Madrid, Spain, Sep 18, 2014 / 09:29 pm (CNA).- A pro-life youth organization in Spain is asking the government to move forward with its reform of the country’s abortion laws, saying young people will oppose the party if it does not keep it’s pro-life pledges. Alvaro Ortega, president of the pro-life youth group +Vida, warned Spanish president Mariano Rajoy that if his government does not keep its promise to reform the country’s abortion law in order to grant protection to … [Read more...]

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Meeting of Families document offers global perspective

Rome, Italy, Sep 16, 2014 / 04:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The preparatory catechesis document for the 2015 World Meeting of Families is a “wonderful” work that addresses Catholic family issues from a global context, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said. “It covers all the basic issues – the problems as well as the joys of family life – and situates it in the context of the culture of the world, not just the United States because it’s a world … [Read more...]

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Leeds’ new bishop: ‘I have longed and longed to be with you’

Leeds, England, Sep 16, 2014 / 12:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Msgr. Marcus Stock, who was appointed Monday as Bishop of Leeds, England, has said in a message to his new flock that his motto as a bishop will be taken from Christ's words at the Last Supper, “I have longed and longed to be with you.” “When I was informed of my appointment, I was given a list of tasks that require fairly quick decisions from me. Among these, was the need to choose a motto for my life as a … [Read more...]

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Being married by Pope Francis is a dream come true, couple says

Rome, Italy, Sep 12, 2014 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian couple to be married over the weekend by Pope Francis say they could not wish for anything more than to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony from the pontiff who has influenced their lives so greatly. “Getting married by Pope Francis and marrying the man of my life is the apex of everything I could want,” said Laura Carpuso, a Catholic woman in the Diocese of Rome who will tie the knot with fiancé Marco Purcaro … [Read more...]

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Benedict XVI poses for first selfies

Rome, Italy, Sep 12, 2014 / 10:45 am (CNA).- The first “selfie” of retired pontiff Benedict XVI is making the rounds on social networks. Ecco il primo #selfie in assoluto del #Papa Emerito #BenedettoXVI, in compagnia di Giuseppe Ricciardi di Aversa. pic.twitter.com/ejZFJcXjnW — Gianluca Barile (@GianlucaBarile1) September 11, 2014The photo was shared by Gianluca Barile on his Twitter account Sept. 11 and is the first known selfie in which the retired Pontiff has … [Read more...]

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‘One of Us’ coalition to defend human life, dignity in Europe

Madrid, Spain, Sep 12, 2014 / 02:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Citizens of 28 European countries belonging to 25 different organizations defending life and human dignity have come together to form the European Federation “One of Us,” named after a prominent E.U. citizen’s initiative. According to a statement posted on its website Sept. 6, the organization is a “step forward” made possible “thanks to the way the citizens of 28 countries of the European Union have … [Read more...]

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