Pope Francis celebrates Junipero Serra – a ‘founding father’ of the US

Rome, Italy, May 2, 2015 / 09:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis marked a “day of reflection” for the soon-to-be canonized Junípero Serra by celebrating Mass at the Pontifical North American College, lauding the 18th century missionary who worked to defend the native people against the abuses of colonialism. “He was one of the founding fathers of the United States, a saintly example of the Church’s universality and special patron of the Hispanic people of the … [Read more...]

‘I find God in suffering’: The gripping life and death of Kayla Mueller

Madrid, Spain, May 1, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Kayla Mueller, the young human rights activist who was killed earlier this year while being held hostage by ISIS, was a woman of faith with a heart full of compassion toward those who suffered, her parents say. Now, they intend to carry on her legacy of service to others. “Some people find God in Church, some people find God in nature, some people find God in love, I find God in suffering,” Kayla’s mother, Marsha Mueller told CNA April 18, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis planning to visit Fatima in 2017, local bishop announces

Fatima, Portugal, Apr 30, 2015 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In 2017, Pope Francis plans to travel to Fatima, said Bishop António Augusto dos Santos Marto of Leiria-Fátima in a statement after meeting with the Holy Father. The occasion for the visit would be the 100-year anniversary of Mary’s appearing to three shepherd children at Fatima. No travel dates to the Portuguese shrine have been set, but the country is already preparing for the celebration of the centenary of … [Read more...]

Beauty will save the world – Gaudi’s basilica inspires conversions

Barcelona, Spain, Apr 30, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Though the renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi died nearly 90 years ago and his best-known work remains under construction, the beauty of the Sagrada Familia basilica continues to draw people to Christ. “Almost nothing leads us to the divine, but then people go there,” said José Manuel Almuzara Pérez, reflecting on the awe inspired in those who visit the Sagrada Familia. Almuzara told CNA April 18 … [Read more...]

Pope’s encyclical could have huge weigh-in on climate change talks

Rome, Italy, Apr 29, 2015 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With experts and global leaders looking to Pope Francis as a moral compass, his upcoming encyclical on the environment could set a key ethical framework for discussion and policies surrounding the topic. “We look to Pope Francis as a great moral leader for all humanity, all people here from every walk of life and every religion. His encyclical will make a huge difference. It's being expected around the world with great … [Read more...]

No to nuclear weapons, yes to nuclear technology – the Holy See’s stance

Rome, Italy, Apr 28, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an effort to abolish the production of nuclear weapons worldwide, the Holy See is pushing an agreement – with a deadline – between nations, which zeros-in on the use of nuclear energy for positive social development. The Holy See will promote the terms about an eventual agenda to nuclear disarmament at the upcoming Treaty of the Non Proliferation of Nuclear weapons conference held at the United Nations in New York from … [Read more...]

Huff Post editor: ‘Why doesn’t the Left advocate for persecuted Christians?’

Rome, Italy, Apr 28, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Lucia Annunziata, a journalist who directs and edits the Italian edition of The Huffington Post, has accused the political left in Western nations of remaining silent before ongoing massacres of Christians, which she called the “most horrible of the crimes perpetrated against the weakest.” The self-proclaimed atheist also complained that young journalists are not proposing to The Huffington Post stories relating the situation … [Read more...]