What’s the priesthood for? Bishop Barron has some thoughts

Rome, Italy, Jun 7, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During last week's Jubilee for Priests in Rome, Bishop Robert Barron sat down for an interview with CNA where he discussed Pope Francis' view on the meaning of the priesthood.“In the vision of Pope Francis, (priests) are the key players in communicating the Divine Mercy to the world. He sees that as our primary mission,” Bishop Barron said June 3.“I think (the Pope) sees the mercy emphasis as the best way to … [Read more...]

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Schismatic sect in Italy incurs excommunication

Sora, Italy, Jun 7, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian sect centered on the worship of an alleged apparition of the Child Jesus which is gathered around the son-in-law of the seer has been found guilty of schism and received a ‘latae sententiae’ excommunication.The news was communicated in a June 5 statement from the Diocese of Sora-Cassino-Aquino-Pontecorvo, where the sect is based.The group, the Universal Christian Church of the New Jerusalem, is based in Gallinaro, a … [Read more...]

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A new wave of attacks against Catholics in France, Belgium

Paris, France, Jun 2, 2016 / 12:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In recent weeks, Catholics in France and Belgium – countries still recovering from brutal ISIS attacks – have been hit with numerous acts of violence and aggression, including fires set in churches, an assault on a priest, the desecration of a tabernacle and the hacking of more than 100 Catholic websites.In the French periodical La Provence, local priest Father Benoît Delabre reported that two weeks ago, the altar at the … [Read more...]

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A goodbye to ‘Mama Irene,’ the woman who adopted 58 kids

Rome, Italy, Jun 1, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Irene Bertoni was 18 years-old during World War II. And it was at this tumultuous time that she discovered God's vocational call for her to be a mother.She adopted two abandoned children, and with the blessing of her bishop founded the Catholic charitable work Nomadelfia, along with a priest named Father Zeno Saltini.Mama Irene fully lived out her calling and died on May 15, the Solemnity of Pentecost, at 93 years-old. She was the … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Shevchuk on the ‘silent war’ no one cares about

Kyiv, Ukraine, May 29, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- It's a conflict that's been raging in Ukraine for two years, costing thousands of lives and displacing millions of people. But the international community seems to have largely forgotten about it.And as one who's lived in the very heart of the crisis, the leader of Ukraine's Greek Catholic Church has some ideas as to why.“Very often in international society so-called 'rich countries' are very much … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Capovilla remembered as close friend of Saint John XXIII

Bergamo, Italy, May 27, 2016 / 03:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Loris Capovilla, St. John XXIII’s personal secretary, died May 26 at the age of 100. He had been the closest collaborator of the sainted “Good Pope John” for ten years.   Pope Francis sent his condolences in a telegram to Bishop Francesco Beschi of Bergamo. He said that Cardinal Capovilla “witnessed the Gospel with joy and served the Gospel with docility, first in the Diocese of Venice, and later with … [Read more...]

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Holy See backs global health goals, says ‘leave no one behind’

Geneva, Switzerland, May 27, 2016 / 12:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has voiced support for global health care goals and has said that Catholic institutions are committed to combating problems like communicable diseases.“The Holy See delegation welcomes the vital emphasis on the dignity of the human person and the strong focus on equity expressed in the pledge that ‘no one will be left behind’,” said Bishop Jean-Marie Mupendawatu.The bishop headed the Holy … [Read more...]

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