This Dominican sister just celebrated her 110th birthday

Dax, France, Jan 10, 2017 / 09:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Dominicans have posted on their social media a greeting for the 110th birthday of Sister Marie Bernadette, “the oldest Dominican sister in the world.”Sister Marie Bernadette, who lives in Dax, in France's Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, is not only the oldest sister in the order but she also set a historic record for her years of profession.In a Jan. 5 post on the Dominicains de Bordeaux Facebook page, the Dominicans … [Read more...]

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What an Italian bishop saw at his first exorcism

Rome, Italy, Jan 8, 2017 / 04:25 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Erio Castellucci has a response to those who think the devil is not real: “they’re mistaken.”“All you have to do is witness an exorcism to understand that evil is a specific entity, as well as a reality,” he told the Italian daily Il Resto del Carlino.  The Archbishop of Modena-Nonantola had seen possessed persons throughout his life, but he had never witnessed an exorcism. Then one of the two priest … [Read more...]

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Italian priest accused of organizing orgies, prostituting women

Rome, Italy, Jan 4, 2017 / 04:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian priest from northern Italy has been accused of pimping out some 15 women, as well as organizing and filming orgies in his rectory.The priest, 48 year-old Father Andrea Contin, was the parish priest at the church of San Lazzaro in Padua. He is under police investigation for psychological violence, aiding prostitution, and living off immoral earnings after three female parishioners filed complaints against him with Church and civil … [Read more...]

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McDonald’s near Vatican opens to mixed reactions

Rome, Italy, Jan 4, 2017 / 11:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Last week's opening of a McDonald's in a Vatican-owned property just around the corner from St. Peter's Square has been both welcomed and decried by Rome's locals.Some Romans have expressed joy on social media at the new restaurant, noting that the area around the Vatican is filled with overpriced restaurants catering to tourists, and suggesting the McDonald's could actually be more discreet.Others have worried about … [Read more...]

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San Gennaro’s blood didn’t liquefy–so pray anyway, abbot says

Naples, Italy, Dec 19, 2016 / 12:06 pm (CNA).- Prayer was the response to a rare failure of a saint’s blood to liquefy in Naples, an occurrence some believe to portend misfortune.“We must not think of disasters and calamities. We are men of faith and we must pray,” said Monsignor Vincenzo De Gregorio, the Abbot of the Chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro, ANSA reports.The blood belongs to St. Januarius, Patron of Naples and former bishop and martyr of the city.Known in … [Read more...]

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Italian priest cancels Nativity display to avoid offending people

Milan, Italy, Dec 15, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian priest is under fire from locals for deciding against setting up the typical Nativity scene in his town’s cemetery this year, Italian news source Corriere della Sera reported on Friday.The priest, Father Sante Braggie, was concerned that the display would offend Muslims, as well as atheists and people of other faiths.Fr. Braggie serves as the chaplain of the Municipal Cemetery of Cremona and curate of the local parish … [Read more...]

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Traveling display notes struggle, hope of displaced Ukrainians

Rome, Italy, Dec 13, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A traveling exhibit currently set up in Rome’s St. Silvester Square highlights the difficulties – as well as the strength, resilience, and hope – of Ukrainians who have had to flee their homes due to ongoing conflict in the country’s eastern regions.“Through this exhibition we want to share with you our hopes, energy, and ideas for the future,” the introduction to the display reads. “We, as … [Read more...]

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