Young nun wows judges on Italy’s ‘The Voice’

Rome, Italy, Mar 20, 2014 / 01:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sr. Cristina Scuccia is a 25 year old member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family who has appeared on "The Voice of Italy," a reality show akin to "American Idol" or "Britain’s Got Talent."Sr. Cristina surprised the four judges on The Voice of Italy March 19 with both her talent and her habit.The judges on the show begin with their backs turned to the performer, and turn around only if they … [Read more...]

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Ukrainian Catholics experiencing ‘total persecution’ in Crimea

Kyiv, Ukraine, Mar 18, 2014 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Russian president signed a bill to annex Crimea Tuesday, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the peninsula has been experiencing what a Church official calls “total persecution.” “At this moment all Ukrainian Greek Catholic life in Crimea is paralyzed,” Fr. Volodymyr Zhdan, chancellor of the Stryi eparchy in western Ukraine, told CNA March 18.   From 2006 to 2010, Fr. Zhdan served as chancellor … [Read more...]

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Benedict XVI sends Pope commentary on early interview

Rome, Italy, Mar 18, 2014 / 01:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Former Pope Benedict XVI sent a four-page commentary to Pope Francis on the September 2013 interview he granted to Jesuit magazine La Civilta Cattolica, according to Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the Pontifical Household. The Italian news agency Korazym reports that in an interview with the German television station ZDF, Archbishop Ganswein – who is also Benedict XVI’s secretary – said the retired Pope wrote the … [Read more...]

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Oratorian appointed auxiliary bishop of Birmingham, England

Birmingham, England, Mar 17, 2014 / 01:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has named Fr. Robert Byrne as a new auxiliary bishop of the Birmingham archdiocese, leading the Oratorian priest to praise the examples of the Pope and of Bl. John Henry Newman. Fr. Byrne said he is “deeply honoured and humbled” by the appointment, adding that Pope Francis’ example “will continue to inspire and shape my ministry in Birmingham, especially to serve the poor, the marginalised and … [Read more...]

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Three abducted priests in Crimea returned safely

Kyiv, Ukraine, Mar 16, 2014 / 05:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Three priests of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church who were kidnapped in Crimea over the weekend have reportedly been returned and are safe. “We have just spoken with Fr. Nicholas Kvych, pastor of the UGCC in Sevastopol. With the help of his parishioners he was able to leave Crimea, and he is now on mainland Ukraine,” the information service of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said in a statement released late in the … [Read more...]

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Cardinal remembers Opus Dei priest as man ‘chosen by God’

Rome, Italy, Mar 14, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a special conference commemorating the life of deceased Opus Dei leader Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo, Cardinal Julian Herranz noted the priest's model of holiness for the Church. “The image of Fr. Alvaro del Portillo, who appears in the Second Vatican council helping as secretary to support the decree was like a man chosen by God,” the cardinal told CNA March 13, “a divine vocation, a man consecrated by God, a … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Marx elected president of German bishops’ conference

Munich, Germany, Mar 13, 2014 / 04:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Reinhard Marx was elected head of the German bishops’ conference Wednesday, succeeding Robert Zollitsch, Archbishop Emeritus of Freiburg im Breisgau. “It is a great sign of the confidence of the bishops in Cardinal Marx that they have transferred to him this responsibility in a time of great challenge for the Church,” Fr. Peter Beer, vicar general of Cardinal Marx’ Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, … [Read more...]

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