Rome’s exorcist, Father Gabriel Amorth, dies at age 91

Rome, Italy, Sep 16, 2016 / 04:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Gabriel Amorth, the exorcist of the Diocese of Rome who drew worldwide attention, died on Friday at the age of 91.Leaders of the Society of St. Paul remembered him with “great affection and gratitude,” SIR News reports.“Now he rests from his many battles with the devil,” Spanish theologian Father Jose Antonio Fortea told CNA Sept. 16.The priest first met Father Amorth in 1995 during theological studies … [Read more...]

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These converts met the Church through EWTN in the Middle East

Stockholm, Sweden, Sep 15, 2016 / 10:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Arne and Barbara Sahlstrom are a Swedish married couple, both brought up as Lutherans, though they were not practicing.They began to be interested in the Catholic faith with the visit of Pope John Paul II to Sweden in 1989, and got fully into it through programs on EWTN while they were living in Dubai and they finally entered the Catholic Church. This is their story.As told by José Miguel Cejas, author of the book … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Schönborn warns of ‘Islamic conquest’ of Europe

Vienna, Austria, Sep 14, 2016 / 11:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has warned that Europe risks forfeiting its “Christian inheritance” and that an “Islamic conquest” could be in its future.  Speaking in the Cathedral of Vienna on Sunday, Sept. 11, the Archbishop of Vienna referenced the feast day that commemorates the decisive victory of a Christian coalition over the Ottoman Empire in the Battle of Vienna in 1683.“On this day, 333 … [Read more...]

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In Hungary, anti-Christian persecution prompts government action

Budapest, Hungary, Sep 13, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Hungarian government has established a new office on the persecution of Christians to address both persecutions of Christians in the Middle East and the subtle forms of discrimination some Christians face in Europe.Zoltan Balog, the Hungarian Minister for Human Capacities, explained the new office. His ministry oversees the newly established sub-secretariat on the persecution of Christians.“Today, Christianity has become … [Read more...]

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Virtual reality film lets users experience the life of Christ

Rome, Italy, Sep 13, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA).- If you have ever wondered what it would be like to have been there when Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount, or to have stood next to the Blessed Virgin Mary at the foot of the cross, then a new feature-film length virtual reality of the life of Christ may give you the chance.  “Jesus VR – The Story of Christ,” is a 90-minute long visual and auditory experience – a lot like watching a movie – except that the … [Read more...]

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How Pope Francis’ ‘new joy’ surprised Benedict XVI

Munich, Germany, Sep 12, 2016 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has said he is satisfied with the papacy of Pope Francis and sees “no contradictions” between their pontificates.“Yes, there is suddenly a new freshness in the Church, a new joy, a new charisma that addresses the people, which is something beautiful. Many are thankful that the new Pope now approaches them in a new style. The Pope is the Pope, it doesn’t matter who it is,” … [Read more...]

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Woman charged in foiled attack on Notre Dame cathedral

Paris, France, Sep 12, 2016 / 03:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A woman was charged over the weekend by French authorities in connection with an alleged terrorist plot to attack Notre Dame cathedral with a car bomb.Ornella G. was charged Saturday with “terrorist criminal association to commit crimes against people” and “attempted assassinations as an organized gang in connection with a terrorist enterprise,” the Paris prosecutor's office announced, according to … [Read more...]

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