Pope Francis hopes to invigorate Philadelphia Church in US visit

Rome, Italy, Feb 10, 2015 / 08:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With preparations for the World Meeting of Families well underway, Pope Francis has told Archbishop Charles Chaput he hopes his visit will inspire joy and confidence in the Church of Philadelphia. “He certainly is excited about coming,” said the U.S. prelate during a Feb. 5 interview with EWTN News Nightly shortly after meeting with the Pope about plans for the upcoming visit. “He promised me he’d do his best to … [Read more...]

Parish dedicated to Rome’s poor gets a visit from Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Feb 8, 2015 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis traveled in the eastern outskirts of Rome on Sunday afternoon to hear confessions and say Mass at a parish known for its commitment to the city's poor and the marginalized. The Feb. 8 visit to San Michele Arcangelo in Pietralata marks the third time a Pope has gone to the parish: Bl. Paul VI celebrated the Christmas Mass there in 1963, while St. John Paul II visited the parish Nov. 1991. In an off-the-cuff homily, Pope … [Read more...]

Austerity marks the life of Archbishop Blazquez, Spain’s next cardinal

Valladolid, Spain, Feb 8, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Ricardo Blazquez Perez' friends say one of his first decisions as Archbishop of Valladolid was to set aside part of his salary to help those affected by Spain's economic crisis. Although he will be made a cardinal within the week, his pay remains the same – that of a typical parish priest. Earlier this year, Pope Francis announced that Archbishop Blazquez would be among the 20 men whom he will raise to the … [Read more...]

Pray – don’t speculate – about the Vatican family synod, say novena organizers

Rome, Italy, Feb 6, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid concern over whether or not October's Synod on the Family will protect the Church's teaching on marriage, one lay initiative is calling upon Catholics to put their words to better use – and pray. Beginning Feb. 5, Catholics worldwide are being invited to respond to Pope Francis' call to pray for the Synod on the Family by taking part in a nine-month novena of Eucharistic Adoration. The novena, which will take … [Read more...]

Archbishop Edoardo Menichelli: a talented preacher and soon-to-be cardinal

Ancona, Italy, Feb 6, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When he learned in January Pope Francis would make him a cardinal, Archbishop Edoardo Menichelli of Ancona-Osimo did not want to comment. He had turned 75 in October, presenting his resignation to the Pope. But now that he will have a cardinal's biretta, many in his archdiocese are sure he will remain their ordinary for some time more, despite having reached retirement age. Archbishop Menichelli is of the three Italians who will … [Read more...]

Political instability, war, and terrorism know no borders – Vatican official

Monaco, Feb 4, 2015 / 11:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Vatican's Secretary of State addressed the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean on Monday regarding the shared challenge of migration, Italy's Red Cross announced it is awarding the people of Lampedusa for their commitment to welcoming African emigrants. Lampedusa is a small Italian island, closer to Tunisia than it is to Sicily. The island is the primary destination for immigrants to Europe who are fleeing conflict and … [Read more...]

Embryos with three parents? The risks are yet to come, critics warn

London, England, Feb 4, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite warnings from religious leaders and scientists, British lawmakers have voted to allow a version of in-vitro fertilization that uses the DNA of three different people to conceive a baby. “Since this is uncharted territory and the children born from this technology would have heritable genetic changes, there are also significant unknown risks to future generations,” Dr. Paul Knoepfler, an associate professor at the … [Read more...]