Cardinal Sarah encourages priests to celebrate Mass facing east

London, England, Jul 6, 2016 / 03:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Robert Sarah on Tuesday appealed to priests throughout the world to begin saying Mass facing the same direction as the faithful, suggesting that the season of Advent would be an opportune time to do so.“I believe that it is very important that we return as soon as possible to a common orientation, of priests and the faithful turned together in the same direction – Eastwards or at least towards the apse – to … [Read more...]

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His mother rejected an abortion – now, this priest helped her meet the Pope

Rome, Italy, Jul 2, 2016 / 09:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It was during the thalidomide sleeping pill craze that Sarah Figueiredo became pregnant with her fourth and last child, Anthony.Developed after the Second World War and found not only to help with sleeplessness but also to alleviate morning sickness for expectant mothers, thalidomide was widely prescribed by doctors across the world to their pregnant patients as a safe drug to use.Sarah, who was raising her young family in Nairobi at the … [Read more...]

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SSPX clarifies: Canonical recognition not its primary concern

Sion, Switzerland, Jun 29, 2016 / 02:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After indications of progress toward reconciliation earlier this year, the head of the Society of St. Pius X stated Wednesday that canonical recognition is not what the priestly society primarily seeks.“The Society of Saint Pius X, in the present state of grave necessity which gives it the right and duty to administer spiritual aid to the souls that turn to it, does not seek primarily a canonical recognition,” Bishop … [Read more...]

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This 400 year-old saint’s story won big at a Rome film festival

Rome, Italy, Jun 28, 2016 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When EWTN director James Kelty produced a film about the first Native American saint Kateri Tekakwitha, he didn’t know that it would be recognized at one of the largest Catholic film festivals in the world.The 2015 film “Kateri” was awarded the Capax Dei Foundation Award at the seventh-annual Mirabile Dictus film festival in Rome, Italy last week.“I am very grateful to have received the Capax Dei award – it … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis says Church must accompany gays, not discriminate

Aboard the papal plane, Jun 26, 2016 / 03:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a wide-ranging inflight press conference on his way back from Armenia on Sunday, Pope Francis responded to a question on recent comments made by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who said the Church must apologize to homosexual persons for having “marginalized” them.Francis agreed that the Church ought to apologize in cases of discrimination against individuals struggling with same-sex attraction, and referred to the … [Read more...]

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‘Hate crime’ case against Valencia archbishop thrown out

Valencia, Spain, Jun 25, 2016 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A judge in Spain has thrown out a “hate crime” case concerning Cardinal Antonio Cañizares of Valencia, Spain, ruling that the cardinal’s homily warning of a “gay empire” is protected by freedom of speech.During a May 13 homily, Cardinal Canizares voiced support for “the precious good of the Christian family” and denounced what he called a push by politicians and the “gay … [Read more...]

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Is Francis the last Pope? A rare interview with Archbishop Gänswein

Rome, Italy, Jun 25, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- What is Benedict XVI's own view of his historical resignation? What has the fall-out been from his secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein's controversial remark on an “expanded petrine office”? What about the “Prophesy of Malachy,” which allegedly sees Francis as the last pontiff?In a recent and candid conversation, veteran journalist and EWTN Rome correspondent Paul Badde sat down with Archbishop … [Read more...]

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