Spanish film brings story of ‘Three Rebel Monks’ to life

Madrid, Spain, Apr 23, 2015 / 12:25 am (CNA).- A group of young adults in Spain are bringing to the big screen a novel about the renewal of the Cistercian Order by three saints who strove to recover the poverty, simplicity and austerity of the early monastic era. “Three Rebel Monks” tells the story of Saint Robert of Molesmes, Saint Albéric, and Saint Stephen Harding, who overcame the challenges of monasteries that resisted their efforts. The film is an adaptation of the … [Read more...]

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Rabbi Toaff: Nazi-fighter, inter-religious giant, and one of the few people remembered in JPII’s will

Rome, Italy, Apr 22, 2015 / 12:01 am (CNA).- Rabbi Elio Toaff, the first rabbi to welcome a Pope to a Roman synagogue, died Sunday at the age of 99. Pope Francis remembered him with gratitude, praising him as “a man of peace and dialogue.” The Pope lauded Rome's former Chief Rabbi in his Monday remarks to a delegation from the Conference of European Rabbis. The papal audience was the first for the conference, which represents about 700 religious leaders of many Orthodox Jewish … [Read more...]

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Will the US greet first Latino Pope by kicking out Junipero Serra?

Rome, Italy, Apr 20, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the U.S. prepares for Pope Francis' trip later this year, one Vatican official says efforts to remove the statue of Spanish missionary Blessed Junipero Serra from the capital offers a poor welcome for history's first Latin American pontiff.   California's recent vote to replace the statue of the Franciscan missionary from the National Statuary Hall is “shocking,” especially ahead of Pope Francis' … [Read more...]

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On 88th birthday, Benedict XVI lauded for emphasis on mercy

Rome, Italy, Apr 16, 2015 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican official charged with organizing the upcoming Jubilee for Mercy says the topic was the “heart” of Benedict XVI’s pontificate, due to the emphasis he placed on love, which is lived out in mercy. “We cannot forget that Pope Benedict, his first encyclical was Deus Caritas Est (God is Love). That means the center, the heart of his pontificate was put in the light of love, and love and mercy are the … [Read more...]

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High-profile Rome exorcist: ‘ISIS is Satan’

Rome, Italy, Apr 15, 2015 / 02:25 am (CNA).- In a recent Facebook post, well-known Roman exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth said the Islamic State (ISIS) “is Satan,” and he also questioned the lack of response from Western nations. “ISIS is Satan. Things first happen in the spiritual realms, then they are made concrete on this earth,” he said in an April 8 post on the social media website. Father Amorth continued, “there are only two spiritual realms: The Holy … [Read more...]

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Priest who died on the Titanic could be on path to sainthood

London, England, Apr 14, 2015 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When the Titanic began to sink on April 15, 1912, Father Thomas Byles had two opportunities to board a lifeboat. But he forewent those opportunities, according to passengers aboard the sinking ocean liner, in order to hear confessions and offer consolation and prayers with those who were trapped aboard.   Now, a priest at the former church of Fr. Byles in England is asking that his beatification cause be opened. Some 1,500 … [Read more...]

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A dark, tense history: behind Turkey’s protest of the Holy See

Rome, Italy, Apr 14, 2015 / 12:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' comments on the extermination of Armenian Christians in early 20th century Turkey prompted a strongly worded criticism from the Turkish Foreign Ministry and led to the withdrawal of Turkey's ambassador to the Holy See. But what's the full story? As the April 24 centenary commemoration of the Armenian genocide approaches, tensions between Turkey and Armenia run high. Despite this, Pope Francis remembered the … [Read more...]

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