Pope ‘deeply moved’ by train crash in Spain

Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Jul 25, 2013 / 03:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is praying for the victims and families of the 77 people who have died in a train derailment near the Spanish pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday evening. During a July 24 evening press conference in Rio de Janeiro, the Vatican press office director, Father Federico Lombardi, said the Pope has been informed of the tragic accident, which “deeply moved” him and he is now praying … [Read more...]

Catholic bishops offer prayers for royal baby

Westminster, England, Jul 23, 2013 / 11:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic bishops in the United Kingdom offered their congratulations and prayers for Britain’s Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, upon the birth of their first son, the Prince of Cambridge.“The birth of the new prince will be a source of joy not only for the royal family but for the peoples of the United Kingdom and beyond,” Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, the head of the Catholic … [Read more...]

Lourdes shrine officially records 69th miracle

Lourdes, France, Jul 22, 2013 / 10:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The famous Marian shrine in Lourdes, France has received an official declaration from the Bishop of Pavia, Italy stating that the 69th miracle has taken place there. "I have the joy of reporting to everyone my healing, which just a few days ago was approved as a miracle by my bishop, which is a beautiful thing,” said Mrs. Danila Castelli, who experienced the miracle on May 4, 1989 after visiting the baths in … [Read more...]

US axes AIDS relief funding to Church in South Africa

Rome, Italy, Jul 18, 2013 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The United States has stopped funding AIDS relief programs in South Africa organized by the Catholic Church, handing the money instead over to the country's government. “We have a problem because the American funding, the President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief, known as PEPFAR is coming to an end,” Benedictine Monk Gerhard Lagleder told Vatican Radio. “I am in Europe today to beg,” added the monk, … [Read more...]

UK bishops lament ‘gay marriage’ approval

London, England, Jul 18, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Queen Elizabeth II has approved the British parliament’s “gay marriage” bill, in what the Catholic bishops of England and Wales called a “profound social change” that neglects the centrality of children and puts religious freedom at risk.“Marriage has, over the centuries, been publicly recognized as a stable institution which establishes a legal framework for the committed relationship between a man … [Read more...]

Blessed Chiara Badano an ‘excellent’ model for World Youth Day

Rome, Italy, Jul 16, 2013 / 12:30 pm (CNA).- A friend of Blessed Chiara Badano, a patroness of World Youth Day 2013 who united her suffering from cancer to Christ's passion, called her an excellent model for young people to follow. “I think that the Brazilian bishops' conference chose her because she is a model of sainthood that is simple, and not someone spectacular,” Franz Coriasco, an Italian journalist, told CNA July 16. “She proved that you can pass from the … [Read more...]

Pope’s island visit carried light to end of world

Lampedusa, Jul 15, 2013 / 12:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After the unexpected July 8 visit from Pope Francis, the little Italian island of Lampedusa received “an electric shock,” because he shed light on “the problem of immigration and the suffering of immigration,” says Archbishop Francesco Montenegro of the Agrigento, Sicily archdiocese. It is “meaningful that Pope Francis made his first trip to Lampedusa, thus putting into practice what he asked: to go to the end … [Read more...]


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