Lack of Christ the ‘greatest poverty,’ Pope tells movement

Rimini, Italy, Aug 20, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA).- Pope Francis welcomed the 34th Rimini Meeting, an annual gathering organized by the lay movement Communion and Liberation, by encouraging participants to bring Christ to those who do not know him. “We are poor in love, thirsty for truth and justice, beggars of God,” Pope Francis wrote in an Aug. 18 letter to Bishop Francesco Lambiasi of Rimini, on the occasion of the opening of the gathering. “The greatest poverty is in fact … [Read more...]

Cancer patient regains will to live after seeing Pope

Madrid, Spain, Aug 19, 2013 / 12:28 pm (CNA).- After a decade of struggling with cancer and other illnesses, a 58-year-old woman from Madrid has found comfort and renewed strength from a recent encounter with Pope Francis.“Now I am living with joy, happiness and above all, gratitude,” said Elena Alba, according to the newspaper La Razon.For the past 10 years, Alba has been battling several illnesses, including two bouts with cancer, most recently in her brain. Surgeries, … [Read more...]

Spanish bishop calls for active charity on feast of Assumption

Bilboa, Spain, Aug 16, 2013 / 01:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Mario Iceta of Bilbao, Spain, said that like Mary, we should allow our lives to be used to offer hope to those in all forms of poverty, as well as to young people. During his homily at the Basilica of Begona on the feast of the Assumption of Mary, Bishop Iceta drew attention especially to the elderly and the sick who were not able to attend the Mass. In particular, he mentioned the mayor of Bilbao, Inaki Azkuna, who … [Read more...]

Argentine soccer star says meeting Pope was unforgettable

Rome, Italy, Aug 14, 2013 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi said his audience with Pope Francis on August 13 in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall was a moment that he will never forget.“Undoubtedly it was a very special moment, surely one of the most special of my life,” Messi told reporters at a press conference at the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences shortly after the meeting with the Pope.“I had the chance to approach and greet him, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis calls, consoles Italian man after brother’s murder

Rome, Italy, Aug 12, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- An Italian man who has struggled to forgive God after the murder of his brother recently received a personal phone call from Pope Francis, who offered him words of comfort.Michele Ferri was devastated when his brother, who owned several gas stations in the city of Pesaro in northern Italy, was shot and killed by two employees last June. The employees are now serving prison sentences.Overcome with grief and frustration, Ferri had written a letter … [Read more...]

Spanish government criticized for silence on Asia Bibi

Madrid, Spain, Aug 7, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- The Spanish civil liberties website MasLibres is criticizing the Spanish government for failing to advocate on behalf of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Catholic sentenced to die under the country's blasphemy law.During a visit to Morocco in mid-July, King Juan Carlos of Spain is believed to have petitioned King Mohammed VI for the pardon of four dozen Spanish prisoners, which was granted on July 30.Among the prisoners was Daniel Galvan, who was … [Read more...]

Conference calls for spiritual preservation of Way of St. James

Madrid, Spain, Aug 5, 2013 / 05:17 pm (CNA).- The spiritual meaning of the Way of St. James pilgrimage must not be reduced to a mere touristic and ecological route, said a Spanish agency charged with promoting the Church's cultural heritage.The ancient pilgrimage route was discussed during a recent meeting of the National Conference of Cultural Heritage of the Church, which is composed of bishops, Spanish national heritage officials and other advisors.They recognized that the nearly … [Read more...]


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