Nun who won Italy’s ‘The Voice’ records first album

Rome, Italy, Sep 24, 2014 / 12:23 pm (CNA).- Universal has released a promotional video for the first album by Sister Cristina Scuccia, the Ursuline nun who won first place on last season’s The Voice Italy. The Italian bishops’ newspaper Avvenire reported on the recent release of the video which features footage of Sister Cristina recording at Universal Music’s studio. “The work will be done in time to be a Christmas present,” the report states. Sr. … [Read more...]

Vatican, SSPX officials resume meetings on doctrinal issues

Rome, Italy, Sep 24, 2014 / 12:14 am (CNA).- Officials of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith met with representatives of the Society of St. Pius X on Tuesday for two hours at the Vatican to discuss matters of Church teaching. “During the meeting, various problems of a doctrinal and canonical nature were examined, and it was decided to proceed gradually and over a reasonable period of time in order to overcome difficulties and with a view to the envisioned full … [Read more...]

‘You are not alone’: Social media campaign supports persecuted Christians

Rome, Italy, Sep 23, 2014 / 03:26 pm (CNA).- Thousands of believers have come together to offer support for persecuted Christians in the Middle East, inspired by the words of Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the personal envoy of Pope Francis to Iraq. In an interview with CNA, Mauricio Artieda, the director of Catholic-Link, discussed the “20 Days for Peace” campaign, which Catholic-Link launched to urge people to pray for the difficult situation faced by Christians in Iraq and … [Read more...]

‘Pope’s mailmen’ deliver dreams of 70,000 students to the Vatican

Rome, Italy, Sep 23, 2014 / 11:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Nicknamed “the Pope’s mailmen,” a group of five Argentinean fathers traveled on bicycle from Buenos Aires to the Vatican to deliver letters from 70,000 students to the Holy Father. Juanjo Vargas, Manuel Fernandez, Rodolfo Deccico, Santiago Fernandez and Pablo Pascual arrived in Rome on Sept. 18, after bicycling across Argentina, Spain, France and Italy, covering more than 3100 kilometers. The men are part of the … [Read more...]

Pope praises brotherhood forged among Albania’s religions

Aboard the papal plane, Sep 22, 2014 / 11:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on the return flight from Albania praised the country for its youth and its “higher culture” that is “capable of building brotherhood” among Christians and Muslims. The Pope said Albania is “a European country,” evidenced by the cooperation between Muslims, Orthodox Christians and Catholics. He stressed the importance of the majority Muslim country’s culture of … [Read more...]

A delayed desire: Albanian priest waited decades for ordination

Tirana, Albania, Sep 22, 2014 / 07:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Albanian Catholic priest shared his story of encountering persecution for his faith by the country's repressive state atheism, noting how he waited decades before his dream to be ordained was fulfilled. “When I first said I wanted to be 'like Him,' a priest told me that it was a dark path to take, but I replied: 'I see no darkness,'” Father Gjergj Simoni said. In a Sept. 21 interview with CNA, he … [Read more...]

Catholic-Muslim spouses say Pope Francis is for everybody

Tirana, Albania, Sep 22, 2014 / 02:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic-Muslim married couple who traveled three hours from Kosovo to take part in Pope Francis’ Albanian visit say that the Pope is “for everybody” regardless of religion. Valentin, 30, and Vanessa, 22, hail from the Kosovo town of Gjakova, where the mother of Mother Teresa lived. “We Catholics are just a few, but we really want the Pope to come to our small country,” Valentin said. “In the … [Read more...]