Will Pope Francis visit Assisi again this year? This imam says yes.

Assisi, Italy, Aug 11, 2016 / 05:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If a prominent imam is right, Pope Francis will visit Assisi Sept. 19 for a major international interreligious meeting.Mohamed Abdel Qader, the Imam of Perugia and Umbria – the Italian region that is home to Assisi – raised the possibility last week in an interview with the Italian Bishops Conference’s television TV2000.Imam Qader was in Assisi when Pope Francis visited to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the … [Read more...]

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Campaign will help 1,000 seminarians in honor of murdered French priest

Rome, Italy, Aug 10, 2016 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic charity is launching a campaign to support the studies of 1,000 seminarians around the world in honor of a French priest who was killed by ISIS sympathizers while celebrating Mass two weeks ago.The Italian chapter of the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need announced the campaign, which will help fund the education of future priests in 21 dioceses around the world.  “Support for the formation of new … [Read more...]

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The little-known Catholicism of a ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ star

Krakow, Poland, Aug 10, 2016 / 04:03 am (CNA).- Clarence Gilyard is the seasoned Hollywood actor who kicked major bad-guy posterior as Chuck Norris' gun-slinging, karate-kicking deputy James Trivette on the hit 1993-2001 CBS series.The man is legitimate – especially after working alongside Chuck Norris and his impressive slow-mo high kicks for an entire eight seasons on Walker, among other roles. But what many fans may not know is how Gilyard's high-octane life led to a breaking … [Read more...]

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Surprise! Pope Francis visits convents on his day off

Rieti, Italy, Aug 9, 2016 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In keeping with his spontaneous personality, Pope Francis made a surprise visit Tuesday to two convents north of Rome.The Pope visited the province of Rieti the morning of Aug. 9, stopping by the monastery of the Franciscan Sisters of Saint Philippa Mareri in Borgo San Pietro.He also visited the convent of the Benedictine Sisters of Reparation of the Holy Face of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Carsoli, which is just outside the province.He … [Read more...]

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Irish bishop of Bloody Sunday fame remembered for his peaceful witness

Derry, Northern Ireland, Aug 8, 2016 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After his death in hospital Monday morning, Bishop Emeritus Edward Daly of Derry's ministry advocating for peace during the Troubles of Northern Ireland is being remembered across Ireland.Bishop Daly was well-known for waving a blood-stained white handkerchief over one of the victims of the Bloody Sunday massacre in Derry, a 1972 incident in which British soldiers shot at unarmed civilians protesting the British internment … [Read more...]

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‘Have mercy on ISIS’: The shocking prayer of a young Iraqi

Krakow, Poland, Dec 16, 2016 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- (Editor's note: This article includes explicit descriptions of violence. Reader discretion is advised.)Christina Shabo was born under a tree in a refugee camp after her family fled bombing in their Iraqi hometown in 1991.Several of her relatives have been killed by the Islamic State – one whose body was chopped up and delivered to the family in pieces – and some continue to fight for their lives after suffering vicious … [Read more...]

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An encounter with the Manoppello Image of the Face of Christ

Chieti, Italy, Dec 26, 2016 / 08:05 pm (CNA).- Ten years ago, Benedict XVI visited the Shrine of the Holy Face in Manoppello, which houses an image of the face of Christ which some believe to be the Veil of Veronica.“Seeking the Face of Jesus must be the longing of all of us Christians; indeed, we are 'the generation' which seeks his Face in our day, the Face of the 'God of Jacob',” Benedict said during his Sept. 1, 2006 pilgrimage to the shrine. “If we … [Read more...]

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