Argentine soccer star says meeting Pope was unforgettable

Rome, Italy, Aug 14, 2013 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi said his audience with Pope Francis on August 13 in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall was a moment that he will never forget.“Undoubtedly it was a very special moment, surely one of the most special of my life,” Messi told reporters at a press conference at the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences shortly after the meeting with the Pope.“I had the chance to approach and greet him, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis calls, consoles Italian man after brother’s murder

Rome, Italy, Aug 12, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- An Italian man who has struggled to forgive God after the murder of his brother recently received a personal phone call from Pope Francis, who offered him words of comfort.Michele Ferri was devastated when his brother, who owned several gas stations in the city of Pesaro in northern Italy, was shot and killed by two employees last June. The employees are now serving prison sentences.Overcome with grief and frustration, Ferri had written a letter … [Read more...]

Spanish government criticized for silence on Asia Bibi

Madrid, Spain, Aug 7, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- The Spanish civil liberties website MasLibres is criticizing the Spanish government for failing to advocate on behalf of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Catholic sentenced to die under the country's blasphemy law.During a visit to Morocco in mid-July, King Juan Carlos of Spain is believed to have petitioned King Mohammed VI for the pardon of four dozen Spanish prisoners, which was granted on July 30.Among the prisoners was Daniel Galvan, who was … [Read more...]

Conference calls for spiritual preservation of Way of St. James

Madrid, Spain, Aug 5, 2013 / 05:17 pm (CNA).- The spiritual meaning of the Way of St. James pilgrimage must not be reduced to a mere touristic and ecological route, said a Spanish agency charged with promoting the Church's cultural heritage.The ancient pilgrimage route was discussed during a recent meeting of the National Conference of Cultural Heritage of the Church, which is composed of bishops, Spanish national heritage officials and other advisors.They recognized that the nearly … [Read more...]

Winning pro-life contest photos will be shown to Pope

Rome, Italy, Aug 5, 2013 / 02:30 pm (CNA).- The winning photos of the contest “Life…in HD,” which is being organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family, will be projected for Pope Francis this October in Rome.The Vatican office announced the event on its website, inviting young people to “Become Pope Francis’ photographer” in a “photo competition for teens on the occasion of the Pilgrimage of the Families.”Teens between the ages of 12 … [Read more...]

Gay couple to sue Church of England for marriage rights

London, England, Aug 3, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following legislation that permits same-sex marriage in the U.K. yet prohibits the Church of England from performing the ceremony, a gay couple are planning to sue to be able to marry in their church.“We are happy for gay marriage to be recognized – in that sense it is a big step. But it is actually a small step because it is something we still cannot actually do,” Barrie Drewitt-Barlow told the Essex Chronicle Aug. … [Read more...]

Slovenia’s two archbishops resign amid financial crisis

Rome, Italy, Aug 1, 2013 / 07:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The only two archbishops in Slovenia have resigned at the invitation of Pope Francis, after two financial companies associated with the Archdiocese of Maribor collapsed. “I hope and pray to God that this step I have taken will help restore credibility to the Slovenian Church, as it deserves it,” Archbishop Anton Stres of Ljubljana said in a July 31 statement. Archbishop Marjan Turnšek of Maribor also resigned his … [Read more...]


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