Blessed Opus Dei bishop ‘knew how to serve’

Rome, Italy, Sep 26, 2014 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of the Sept. 27 beatification of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the current head of Opus Dei recalled his predecessor as a man who was “totally available” to others and saw the importance of the laity to the Church. “He knew how to be very human when treating people, in the work that he did, knowing that his work was also a springboard, an aid to approach God and to be with God,” Bishop Javier Echevarria … [Read more...]

Beatification of Opus Dei head sparks call for global generosity

Rome, Italy, Sep 26, 2014 / 01:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- To mark the impending beatification of Alvaro del Portillo, who led Opus Dei from 1975 to 1994, those attending the celebration are being invited to contribute to initiatives aimed at bringing aid and support to the people of Africa. Headed by Harambee Africa International, whose aim is to promote awareness-raising activities throughout Africa, the goal is to raise funds for four separate projects, each of which owes its existence to the … [Read more...]

Albanian nun tells Pope about faith amid Communist regime

Tirana, Albania, Sep 25, 2014 / 09:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Among the powerful moments on Pope Francis’ Sept. 21 trip to Albania was the Holy Father’s encounter with an 85 year-old Franciscan Stigmatine nun, who recalled witnessing to the faith in the midst of the Communist regime. Sister Maria Kaleta spoke to the Pope during his meeting with priests, religious, seminarians and members of ecclesial lay movements at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Tirana. She recounted that when she … [Read more...]

Testimony from Albania priest moves Pope to tears

Tirana, Albania, Sep 25, 2014 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With tears in his eyes, Pope Francis gave a warm embrace to Father Ernest Troshani Simoni, 84, one of the last survivors of the terrible Communist persecution in Albania. During his visit to Tirana, Albania, on Sept. 21, Pope Francis met with priests, religious, seminarians and members of ecclesial lay movements at the Cathedral of St. Paul, where he listened attentively to Fr. Simoni's testimony. The priest told of how he was … [Read more...]

Military chaplains: God in the trenches of Ukraine

Kyiv, Ukraine, Sep 25, 2014 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Since April, Ukraine’s eastern provinces have experienced continual military confrontation between its government, and pro-Russian separatists and Russian forces, and more than 3,200 have been killed in the conflict. Accompanying the soldiers at the front are priests – both Catholic and Orthodox – as well as Protestant chaplains. Vasyl Derkach, 23, recently returned to Lviv, in Ukraine's west, to recover after … [Read more...]

Spanish bishop: Pope says he will not change Communion rule

Cordoba, Spain, Sep 25, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid widespread reports that Pope Francis might open the door to Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, a Spanish bishop says the Pope told him that this scenario is not possible. Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain said that during his ad limina visit to the Vatican earlier this year, the Holy Father told him that “the Pope cannot change” what Jesus Christ has instituted. The question of Communion for … [Read more...]

Nun who won Italy’s ‘The Voice’ records first album

Rome, Italy, Sep 24, 2014 / 12:23 pm (CNA).- Universal has released a promotional video for the first album by Sister Cristina Scuccia, the Ursuline nun who won first place on last season’s The Voice Italy. The Italian bishops’ newspaper Avvenire reported on the recent release of the video which features footage of Sister Cristina recording at Universal Music’s studio. “The work will be done in time to be a Christmas present,” the report states. Sr. … [Read more...]


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