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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Irish archbishop moves seminarians from ‘gay culture’ at St. Patrick’s

Dublin, Ireland, Aug 6, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has transferred his seminarians away from Ireland's main seminary, St. Patrick's College, after anonymous accusations emerged of a gay culture at the institution.The three seminarians, who are studying for the Archdiocese of Dublin, will instead continue their studies at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome.“There are allegations on different sides. One is that there is a homosexual, … [Read more...]

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At unplanned meeting, imam thanks Francis for his comments on Islam

Assisi, Italy, Aug 5, 2016 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his visit to Assisi Thursday, Pope Francis had a brief, unscheduled meeting with the imam of Perugia, Abdel Qader Mohammed, who thanked the Roman Pontiff for his recent statement that true Islam is not a religion of violence, but of peace.Pope Francis met briefly with Mohammed during his Aug. 4 visit to the Porziuncola inside the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels.According to San Francesco, the official magazine of the … [Read more...]

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Practicing forgiveness is our ‘direct route’ to heaven, Pope says

Assisi, Italy, Aug 4, 2016 / 11:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The path to heaven is through forgiveness and pardon of those who have offended us, just as we have received salvation through the love and forgiveness of the Father, Pope Francis said today in Assisi.“Today I would like, before all else, to recall the words that, according to an ancient tradition, Saint Francis spoke in this very place, in the presence of all the townsfolk and bishops: ‘I want to send you all to … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Lebrun: Father Hamel’s death calls us to say ‘yes’ to God

Rouen, France, Aug 3, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During Tuesday's funeral Mass for Fr. Jacques Hamel, who was killed last week by Islamic State terrorists, the Archbishop of Rouen said the priest's death urges us to respond to God in our lives.“The death of Jacques Hamel called me to a frank yes – not to a tepid yes,” Archbishop Dominique Lebrun said Aug. 2 at Rouen's Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption.“A 'yes' to life, like … [Read more...]

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Meningitis death of World Youth Day pilgrim prompts health alert

Rome, Italy, Aug 2, 2016 / 10:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Italian bishops' conference has issued an advisory to pilgrims, after a young Italian girl died of meningitis while she was returning home from World Youth Day in Poland.The Italian publication Corriere della Sera identifies the girl as Susanna Rufi, 19, who died Monday in Vienna, Austria, as she was returning home to Italy.“She had been preparing for WYD for a year,” recounted Fr. Alessandro, the parish priest of her … [Read more...]

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Project Mater – an oasis of help for pregnant mothers

Madrid, Spain, Jan 2, 2017 / 11:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Maria* has not had an easy life. Several years ago, while pregnant with her second child, she checked into a detox center for those with drug addictions. Social services had already taken temporary custody of her first child, as she was in no condition to take care of her.But determination and the help of Project Mater has made it possible for her to move forward. The 32-year-old is now rehabilitated and receives help from the … [Read more...]

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