Survivor of Brussels terror attack writes letter of hope to unborn baby

Brussels, Belgium, Mar 29, 2016 / 12:47 am (CNA).- “...I just want to tell you that life is a wonderful thing, and the world is really full of remarkable people.”So starts a letter written by one of the survivors of the bomb attacks at the Brussels Zaventem international airport last week, according to CNN. The author of the letter, Sneha Mehta, penned those words to her child, who was only 16 weeks old in utero.When Sneha and her husband Sameep Mehta arrived in Brussels from Abu … [Read more...]

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Italy’s ‘bleeding thorn’ marks the coincidence of Good Friday, Annunciation

Andria, Italy, Mar 25, 2016 / 06:38 pm (CNA).- A single thorn held to have been taken from Christ's crown of thorns that traditionally 'bleeds' each time that Good Friday falls on March 25, has done so again this year.Bishop Raffaele Calabro, Bishop Emeritus of Andria in Italy's Apulia region, confirmed today that the thorn has bled.“The miracle has started, the wonder is underway,” Bishop Calabro stated.The thorn has been kept in a reliquary in Andria's … [Read more...]

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Pope’s Way of the Cross remembers migrants, persecuted Christians

Rome, Italy, Mar 25, 2016 / 05:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the yearly Good Friday tradition set by his predecessors, Pope Francis presided over the Stations of the Cross at Rome's Colosseum, where such issues as migration and the persecution of Christians were remembered.“O Cross of Christ, today too we see you raised up in our sisters and brothers killed, burned   alive, throats slit and decapitated by barbarous blades amid cowardly silence,” the Pope said … [Read more...]

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An emotional Mass for migrants with Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Mar 24, 2016 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a Mass in Rome on Holy Thursday Pope Francis washed the feet of migrants and refugees, many of whom were moved to tears by the gesture.The Pope told them that while there are some people in the world who seek to sow violence, Jesus shows us the path to unity, brotherhood and peace.“Today, right now, when I do the same gesture as Jesus in washing the feet of you 12, all of us are making the same gesture of brotherhood,” … [Read more...]

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‘Good Friday came early’ – Catholic bishops mourn Brussels attacks

Brussels, Belgium, Mar 22, 2016 / 02:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy Week terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday led the city's bishops to mourn and reflect on the deadly crimes in light of Jesus Christ's Passion.“Good Friday has come three days early with these totally absurd actions,” Auxiliary Bishop Jean Kockerols of Mechelen-Brussels said March 22. “I weep with those who weep, wherever they are. The first reaction, completely normal, is to condemn these … [Read more...]

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Divine Mercy meets World Youth Day this summer in Poland

Krakow, Poland, Mar 22, 2016 / 03:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Krakow’s role in the Divine Mercy devotion could mean great things for World Youth Day this year, said the city’s archbishop, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz.“Krakow is the center of the devotion to the Merciful Jesus, and the same Jesus said that from here a fire will go out to prepare the whole world for the meeting with Jesus,” the cardinal told CNA March 18.“I think it important to take up this fire and … [Read more...]

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In Tulsa’s diocese, no one is turned away from end-of-life care

Rome, Italy, Mar 21, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The latest initiative of the Tulsa, Oklahoma diocese is not only offering practical care for the region's homeless and under-privileged communities – it's bringing a message of hope in the face of death.“Just because you're dying doesn't mean there's no reason to hope,” Bishop Edward James Slattery of Tulsa told journalists March 21 during a visit to Rome.“Just the opposite. Christ has changed … [Read more...]

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