Priest from Nineveh: ‘Christianity is finished in Iraq’

Rome, Italy, Aug 8, 2014 / 04:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest hailing from what used to be Iraq’s largest Christian city has lamented the exodus of over 100,000 Christians from the city, many of whom are fleeing on foot with no food, money or water. “Today the story of Christianity is finished in Iraq,” said a priest who identified himself as Fr. Nawar. “People can’t stay in Iraq because there is death for whoever stays,” told CNA Aug. 8. A priest … [Read more...]

Nun who won ‘The Voice Italy’ renews religious vows

Rome, Italy, Aug 8, 2014 / 02:51 pm (CNA).- Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia, the young Italian religious who won the last season of The Voice Italy, renewed her temporary vows of poverty, chastity and obedience on July 29 at one of the congregation’s convents in Sicily. A member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Sacred Family in Milan informed CNA about the ceremony but said she could not give her name because of harassment the community has endured from Italian tabloids. In recent … [Read more...]

Social networking prayer site holds contest to share faith

Madrid, Spain, Aug 6, 2014 / 05:13 pm (CNA).- The social networking site May Feelings, dedicated to sharing prayers and messages, has announced a new contest to reward the “most original, creative and effective” efforts that challenge youth to share the faith. May Feelings is seeking submissions of videos of two minutes or less that express how to “make noise” to bring faith to others. This can take the form of acting, a hashtag trend, an app, a website, or a … [Read more...]

European pro-life effort petitions court to be considered for vote

Brussels, Belgium, Aug 4, 2014 / 04:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A European Union citizens’ initiative to ban human embryo-destroying research has filed a court petition after being denied a legislative proposal despite acquiring nearly 2 million signatures of support. “It is not only about the right to life, but firstly about democracy,” said Gregor Puppinck, director of the European Centre for Law and Justice. “One of Us” is a European citizens’ initiative … [Read more...]

Firing of Polish doctor over abortion refusal sparks outcry

Rome, Italy, Aug 2, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The removal one of Poland's top doctors as director of Holy Family hospital in Warsaw for refusing to perform an abortion has drawn widespread criticism, with many stating the act violated legal grounds. “The official council in his institution has not found any miscarrying of procedures or breaking of the rules within the hospital,” Catholic advocacy group member Professor Bogna Obidzinska told CNA July 23. “His … [Read more...]

Giuseppe Canovai, a Roman who left a community as his legacy

Rome, Italy, Jul 31, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Familia Christi is the Roman community formed by Fr. Giuseppe Canovai, a priest of the city whose life united Franciscan poverty and the Jesuit spirituality. “He was a simple man, with a deep spirituality that hungered for the salvation of souls,” explained Fr. Matteo Riboli, president of the Associazione Vittorio eTommasina Alfieri, an association of the faithful aiming to form the laity according to the ideals of Familia … [Read more...]

Pope Francis visits with evangelicals in southern Italy

Caserta, Italy, Jul 28, 2014 / 04:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his visit Monday to an evangelical Christian community in Caserta, Pope Francis said the Holy Spirit creates diversity and unity in the Church, so that the Church lives a “reconciling diversity.” He suggested July 28 that the path to unity may be pursued by “going to peripheries and touching the flesh of Christ.” Pope Francis' second trip in three days to Caserta – punctuated by his return to … [Read more...]


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