Pray and act to help refugees–what Pope Francis and Orthodox leaders said at Lesbos

Lesbos, Greece, Apr 17, 2016 / 05:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Forced migration affects millions of people and is “a crisis of humanity.” That is what Pope Francis and two leading Greek Orthodox churchmen have said in a joint declaration signed on the Greek island of Lesbos.“Europe today faces one of its most serious humanitarian crises since the end of the Second World War,” the declaration said.Pope Francis, the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, and … [Read more...]

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Founder of Neocatechumenal Way thanks Pope for Amoris Laetitia

Madrid, Spain, Apr 15, 2016 / 07:44 pm (CNA).- Kiko Argüello, the founder and global head of the Neocatechumenal Way, expressed his support for Pope Francis for his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, with a short analysis of its contents.Amoris Laetitia is the result of the Holy Father's reflections after the Synod of Bishops on the Family, which took place at the Vatican in 2014 and 2015. The exhortation is composed of 9 chapters and has 325 numbered paragraphs. The following is … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ visit to Greece shows a shared Christian concern for refugees

Chios, Greece, Apr 15, 2016 / 03:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit on Saturday with refugees in Greece will show solidarity with those in need and demonstrate a shared Christian commitment to helping them, according to the Vatican spokesman.Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, said the April 16 visit to the island of Lesbos is “fundamentally humanitarian” in purpose. It is “rooted in Pope Francis’ concern for migrants, a … [Read more...]

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Could Pope Francis’ visit to Greece be a game-changer for refugees?

Lesbos, Greece, Apr 15, 2016 / 03:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit with refugees and migrants in Greece this Saturday could be a moment of leadership at a time when political concerns overshadow the world’s attention, said a relief agency leader in the country.“The Pope’s trip to the frontlines of the European refugee crisis comes at a critical time. The continent of Europe is currently experiencing a vacuum of leadership with the politics of the crisis … [Read more...]

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Will Pope Francis mend ties with the SSPX?

Paris, France, Apr 14, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Bernard Fellay, head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, has reportedly discussed several positive aspects of his meeting with Pope Francis at the beginning of the month.Bishop Fellay had visited the Vatican April 1-2, meeting with the Pope and with Archbishop Guido Pozzo, secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei – the Vatican office of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith responsible for … [Read more...]

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Sweden can’t send Christian convert back to Iran

Stockholm, Sweden, Apr 9, 2016 / 03:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious liberty advocates applauded a European court’s ruling in favor of asylum for an individual fleeing life-threatening anti-conversion laws in Iran, on the grounds that his security must be taken into account.“Asylum should be granted to individuals who are being persecuted and fear for their lives because of converting to a different religion,” said Roger Severino, director of the DeVos Center for Religion … [Read more...]

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How a sketchbook led one Chinese woman to the Catholic faith

Rome, Italy, Apr 6, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Yan Xu is an artist from the central China city of Wuhan. What she drew one day would change her life.Confused about her future after resigning from a job in 2003, she found herself at an unlikely place.“At that time, I used to carry a sketchbook and pen with me, and spent all the day time on urban sketching,” she told CNA. “I like to sketch the classical buildings of the city, and this is how I found St. Joseph's … [Read more...]

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