This couple gave to persecuted Christians, and Pope Francis responded

Madrid, Spain, Feb 13, 2017 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Josefa Rodríguez and Amaro Pesquero were not expecting to receive a letter from Pope Francis.But that's exactly what happened last September, when the Pope himself thanked them in his own handwriting for the donation they had made for the persecuted Christians in the Middle East.Josefa and Amaro are a married couple from Fuenlabrada, Madrid, Spain, who made a pilgrimage to Rome on the occasion of the Holy Year of Mercy in … [Read more...]

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This couple gave to persecuted Christians, and Pope Francis responded

Madrid, Spain, Feb 13, 2017 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Josefa Rodríguez and Amaro Pesquero were not expecting to receive a letter from Pope Francis.But that's exactly what happened last September, when the Pope himself thanked them in his own handwriting for the donation they had made for the persecuted Christians in the Middle East.Josefa and Amaro are a married couple from Fuenlabrada, Madrid, Spain, who made a pilgrimage to Rome on the occasion of the Holy Year of Mercy in … [Read more...]

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The Pope and the Russian Orthodox Patriarch met a year ago. Here’s what’s next.

Rome, Italy, Feb 12, 2017 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One year ago marked a historic first meeting between a Pope and a Russian Orthodox Patriarch.Now, the Vatican and the Moscow Patriarchate will celebrate the meeting’s anniversary with a conference at Switzerland’s Freibourg University.The conference will take place Feb. 12, exactly one year after the meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill at the St. Marti airport at the Havana.Christian brotherhood and unity were … [Read more...]

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Watch a 20-week baby in utero with new groundbreaking technology

London, England, Feb 8, 2017 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When the fetal ultrasound gained popularity in the 1970s, it was hailed as a “window to the womb.” But now, new technology could offer a much more in-depth view of babies before birth.Courtesy of a new multimillion dollar project based out of London, some parents are able to see clear scans of every movement and organ of their babies in the womb starting as early as 20 weeks, using advanced MRI technology.“There is … [Read more...]

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Priest attributes ‘miraculous’ healing to Venerable Margaret Sinclair

Glasgow, Scotland, Feb 8, 2017 / 05:53 am (CNA).- A Glasgow priest says he firmly believes he survived a recent near-fatal health scare thanks to the miraculous intercession of Venerable Margaret Sinclair, the poor Edinburgh girl turned nun who died in 1925.“For 32 years of priesthood, I’ve been preaching the resurrection of Christ and this is a sign for me that I am doing something which is true and not wasted,” said Monsignor Peter Smith, parish priest of St Paul’s in … [Read more...]

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St Josephine Bakhita, former slave, is patron of trafficking victims

Rome, Italy, Feb 8, 2017 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As human trafficking continues to be a supremely important issue during Pope Francis’ pontificate, with an estimated 20 million victims worldwide, St. Josephine Bakhita, enslaved during her own childhood, has emerged as a patron not only for her home country of Sudan, but for all victims of trafficking.St. Josephine was kidnapped and sold into slavery at the age of 7, undergoing immense suffering throughout her adolescence before … [Read more...]

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How Colombia’s child soldiers are trying to begin again

Rome, Italy, Feb 7, 2017 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Colombia is the only country in the Americas where child soldiers can still be found.Despite the recent signing of a peace agreement between the Colombian government and FARC rebels, it's estimated that some 6,000 minors are still fighting for the guerrillas, though the numbers aren't exact.However, what is known for certain is that thousands of youth in the country hit 18 after spending years of their childhood in armed … [Read more...]

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