Neocatechumenal Way co-founder Carmen Hernandez dies at 85

Madrid, Spain, Jul 19, 2016 / 11:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Carmen Hernandez, co-founder of the Neocatechumenal Way, died today at home in Madrid, Spain. She was 85 years old.Hernandez, along with Kiko Arguello and Fr. Mario Pezzi, made up the international team responsible for the ecclesial movement, which focuses on post-baptismal adult formation. It is estimated that the movement contains about 1 million members, in some 40,000 parish-based communities around the world.Over the last year and … [Read more...]

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Catechetical youth site aims to share mercy at World Youth Day

Krakow, Poland, Jul 19, 2016 / 11:32 am (CNA).- Poland has been known as the heart of the Divine Mercy devotion since the 1930s and also boasts the homeland of the late Pope St. John Paul II.This year, an additional spotlight has been shed on the country as it hosts World Youth Day amidst the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which is why the Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a site called “Mercy Centre” in the heart of Krákow to offer youth a multitude of different mercy-themed … [Read more...]

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Who is ‘the Black Madonna’ and why is she so important?

Rome, Italy, Jul 19, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Our Lady of Czestochowa, also known as the “Black Madonna,” will be one of Pope Francis' primary stops during his visit to Poland at the end of this month for the global World Youth Day gathering.The image, which has been crowned the “Queen of Poland” and is highly venerated throughout Europe, is almost a given stop for any Pope who visits the country.Located in southern Poland, Czestochowa was the location of … [Read more...]

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New religious laws in Russia not expected to hurt Catholic Church

Moscow, Russia, Jul 17, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Last week, despite protests from religious leaders and human rights groups, Russian president Vladimir Putin approved a new set of laws would restrict evangelization and missionary activity to officially registered Church buildings and worship areas.The laws fall under the umbrella of new anti-terrorism legislation, and prohibit sharing faith in private homes, online, or anywhere but recognized church buildings.A missionary Catholic … [Read more...]

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Film on miracles intends to explain the inexplicable

Swansea, United Kingdom, Jul 17, 2016 / 05:09 am (CNA).- For both skeptics and believers, miracles have captivated people’s attention for thousands of years.That same intrigue led St. Anthony Communications to produce their latest film, ‘Miracles.’The 35-minute documentary is the first of a four-part series on Special Divine Action, hosted by Fr. Andrew Pinsent and Fr. Marcus Holden.It aims to answer “what miracles are, how people can know they are real and true, … [Read more...]

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Film on miracles intends to explain the inexplicable

Swansea, United Kingdom, Jul 17, 2016 / 05:09 am (CNA).- For both skeptics and believers, miracles have captivated people’s attention for thousands of years.That same intrigue led St. Anthony Communications to produce their latest film, ‘Miracles.’The 35-minute documentary is the first of a four-part series on Special Divine Action, hosted by Fr. Andrew Pinsent and Fr. Marcus Holden.It aims to answer “what miracles are, how people can know they are real and true, … [Read more...]

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German bishops release new figures: fewer churchgoers, parishes, and priests

Munich, Germany, Jul 16, 2016 / 07:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Figures released Friday by the German bishops' conference draw a bleak picture of the ongoing decline of Catholicism in Germany.However, the head of the conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, described the Church July 15 as a continuing "strong force, whose message is heard and accepted".With more than 23.7 million members in Germany, Catholicism is the largest single religious group in country, … [Read more...]

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