US embassy: Saint Peter’s Basilica a potential terrorist target

Rome, Italy, Nov 19, 2015 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Peter’s Basilica tops the list of potential targets for terrorist attacks in Rome and Milan, the U.S. Embassy in Rome said Wednesday, in the wake of Islamic State militants’ Nov. 13 attacks in Paris. “Terrorist groups may possibly utilize similar methods used in the recent Paris attacks. The Italian authorities are aware of these threats,” the embassy said in a Nov. 18 security message. Other potential … [Read more...]

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US embassy: Saint Peter’s Basilica a potential terrorist target

Rome, Italy, Nov 19, 2015 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Peter’s Basilica tops the list of potential targets for terrorist attacks in Rome and Milan, the U.S. Embassy in Rome said Wednesday, in the wake of Islamic State militants’ Nov. 13 attacks in Paris. “Terrorist groups may possibly utilize similar methods used in the recent Paris attacks. The Italian authorities are aware of these threats,” the embassy said in a Nov. 18 security message. Other potential … [Read more...]

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Paris archbishop: When the pain is too great, we cling to God

Paris, France, Nov 18, 2015 / 03:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral, the archbishop of Paris said that despite the uncertainty and grief surrounding the terrorist attacks in the city last week, God is the source of strength and hope. “It's an understatement to say that the savage killings of this black Friday have plunged entire families into deep distress,” Cardinal André Vingt-Trois reflected in his Nov. 15 homily. “And this anxiety is all … [Read more...]

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‘Impatience for unity’ – a look at the Pope’s recent chat with Lutherans

Rome, Italy, Nov 17, 2015 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' encounter with a Lutheran community in Rome this weekend was his chance to advocate for greater unity among Christians, a theologian has reflected. “He was urging that, if we share so much, we should be ‘walking together’ … and we should be impatient for unity, so that we can share the Eucharist,” said Msgr. Paul McPartlan, the Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: What will Jesus ask you on judgement day?

Rome, Italy, Nov 15, 2015 / 11:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis paid a visit to Rome’s Lutheran community, where he took questions and told attendees that what we will ultimately be judged on is how we cared for the poor and less fortunate. “What will the Lord ask us on that day? Did you go to Mass? Have you prepared a good catechesis?” the Pope said Nov. 15. While these things are important, the deeper questions will be “on the poor. Because poverty is the center of the Gospel. H … [Read more...]

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Catholics unite in prayer as Paris terror siege continues

Paris, France, Nov 13, 2015 / 04:34 pm (CNA).- Amid devastating attacks at locations throughout Paris, Church leaders are calling for prayer.   Prayers for Paris tonight. https://t.co/hhypH6KBJd — US Catholic Bishops (@USCCB) November 13, 2015“May St Denis and Our Lady of Lourdes intercede tonight for the people of Paris,” Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska said on Twitter. “My prayers are with the people of Paris tonight. Let us pray for the … [Read more...]

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Report of religious group ‘sex slave’ rattles Church in Spain

Barcelona, Spain, Nov 13, 2015 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- A man who identified himself as a former missionary with the pseudonym of “Paulino” recently made accusations to the Spanish press that he had been a sex slave of a religious congregation which has roots in Barcelona. He is accusing the Missionary Community of the Saint Paul the Apostle (MCSPA), founded by the late Spanish priest Fr. Francisco Andreo García. The community has a presence in Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, … [Read more...]

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