A cardinal for migrants: Italy’s Archbishop Francesco Montenegro

Agrigento, Italy, Feb 13, 2015 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Francesco Montenegro of Agrigento still feels himself more of a priest with concern for the poor than a cardinal, even though he will be given the red biretta this Saturday.His local Church includes Lampedusa, the small Italian island near Tunisia which is the destination of many African and Middle Eastern emigrants, and which was the destination of Francis' first trip outside Rome after his election as … [Read more...]

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Ukrainian Catholic bishops urge prayer, fasting ahead of Sunday’s ceasefire

Kyiv, Ukraine, Feb 12, 2015 / 05:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Ukrainian Catholic bishops in the US issued a letter on Wednesday asking their faithful to pray and fast for peace, a day before a tentative ceasefire in Ukraine was agreed on which would end 10 months of fighting. The Feb. 11 letter urged prayers for “the president and elected officials of Ukraine, for the conversion of the aggressors, for the Ukrainian army, for those who protect citizens, for the souls of the deceased, and … [Read more...]

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Enough talk about talking – Iraqi priest calls for action on ISIS

Rome, Italy, Feb 12, 2015 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Iraqi priest currently living in Rome said that those living the nightmare of ISIS are tired of hearing talk about dialogue and human rights, and are ready to see concrete action on the part of political leaders. “Like many other terms, dialogue is abused like the words democracy, peace, defending human rights and many other words. (They) are profaned because everybody talks about them, but in their heart they have other … [Read more...]

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As church-goers wane, Germany’s controversial tax prompts unease

Rome, Italy, Feb 12, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While church attendees dwindle in Germany, questions have arisen once again over the controversial state-imposed church tax – and whether it's time for the country's bishops to address concerns around it. “We are in a time when more and more people realize that the financial apparatus Church works well, that the facade is optimal but what is behind it? Where is the true faith?” asked Martin Lohmann, Catholic … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis hopes to invigorate Philadelphia Church in US visit

Rome, Italy, Feb 10, 2015 / 08:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With preparations for the World Meeting of Families well underway, Pope Francis has told Archbishop Charles Chaput he hopes his visit will inspire joy and confidence in the Church of Philadelphia. “He certainly is excited about coming,” said the U.S. prelate during a Feb. 5 interview with EWTN News Nightly shortly after meeting with the Pope about plans for the upcoming visit. “He promised me he’d do his best to … [Read more...]

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Parish dedicated to Rome’s poor gets a visit from Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Feb 8, 2015 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis traveled in the eastern outskirts of Rome on Sunday afternoon to hear confessions and say Mass at a parish known for its commitment to the city's poor and the marginalized. The Feb. 8 visit to San Michele Arcangelo in Pietralata marks the third time a Pope has gone to the parish: Bl. Paul VI celebrated the Christmas Mass there in 1963, while St. John Paul II visited the parish Nov. 1991. In an off-the-cuff homily, Pope … [Read more...]

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Austerity marks the life of Archbishop Blazquez, Spain’s next cardinal

Valladolid, Spain, Feb 8, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Ricardo Blazquez Perez' friends say one of his first decisions as Archbishop of Valladolid was to set aside part of his salary to help those affected by Spain's economic crisis. Although he will be made a cardinal within the week, his pay remains the same – that of a typical parish priest. Earlier this year, Pope Francis announced that Archbishop Blazquez would be among the 20 men whom he will raise to the … [Read more...]

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