Pope’s Way of the Cross remembers migrants, persecuted Christians

Rome, Italy, Mar 25, 2016 / 05:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the yearly Good Friday tradition set by his predecessors, Pope Francis presided over the Stations of the Cross at Rome's Colosseum, where such issues as migration and the persecution of Christians were remembered.“O Cross of Christ, today too we see you raised up in our sisters and brothers killed, burned   alive, throats slit and decapitated by barbarous blades amid cowardly silence,” the Pope said … [Read more...]

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An emotional Mass for migrants with Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Mar 24, 2016 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a Mass in Rome on Holy Thursday Pope Francis washed the feet of migrants and refugees, many of whom were moved to tears by the gesture.The Pope told them that while there are some people in the world who seek to sow violence, Jesus shows us the path to unity, brotherhood and peace.“Today, right now, when I do the same gesture as Jesus in washing the feet of you 12, all of us are making the same gesture of brotherhood,” … [Read more...]

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‘Good Friday came early’ – Catholic bishops mourn Brussels attacks

Brussels, Belgium, Mar 22, 2016 / 02:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy Week terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday led the city's bishops to mourn and reflect on the deadly crimes in light of Jesus Christ's Passion.“Good Friday has come three days early with these totally absurd actions,” Auxiliary Bishop Jean Kockerols of Mechelen-Brussels said March 22. “I weep with those who weep, wherever they are. The first reaction, completely normal, is to condemn these … [Read more...]

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Divine Mercy meets World Youth Day this summer in Poland

Krakow, Poland, Mar 22, 2016 / 03:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Krakow’s role in the Divine Mercy devotion could mean great things for World Youth Day this year, said the city’s archbishop, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz.“Krakow is the center of the devotion to the Merciful Jesus, and the same Jesus said that from here a fire will go out to prepare the whole world for the meeting with Jesus,” the cardinal told CNA March 18.“I think it important to take up this fire and … [Read more...]

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In Tulsa’s diocese, no one is turned away from end-of-life care

Rome, Italy, Mar 21, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The latest initiative of the Tulsa, Oklahoma diocese is not only offering practical care for the region's homeless and under-privileged communities – it's bringing a message of hope in the face of death.“Just because you're dying doesn't mean there's no reason to hope,” Bishop Edward James Slattery of Tulsa told journalists March 21 during a visit to Rome.“Just the opposite. Christ has changed … [Read more...]

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Meet the ‘Mother Teresa’ of 14th century Rome

Rome, Italy, Mar 20, 2016 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although she's not as well known outside of Rome, Saint Francesca Romana has been lauded as a woman whose charity and service to the poor rival those of the modern-day, soon-to-be saint Mother Teresa.Saint Francesca Romana, also known as Saint Frances of Rome, is “a saint loved because she was, in 1400, like we consider Mother Teresa of Calcutta today,” Fr. Teodoro Muti told CNA March 9.“She was the saint of the … [Read more...]

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These seminarians are being ordained – in a refugee camp

Rome, Italy, Mar 18, 2016 / 03:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After their seminary in Qaraqosh was dissolved following a brutal ISIS attack in 2014, four Iraqi seminarians chose not to give up after being forced to flee, but to continue their path to the priesthood.Now, a year and a half after the attack that uprooted them from their homes, the four men will be ordained deacons, and have chosen a church in an Erbil refugee camp for the March 19 ceremony.“People want hope, and when … [Read more...]

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