Rape victim consoled, encouraged by call from Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Aug 28, 2013 / 12:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A 44-year-old woman from Argentina said that after writing a letter to Pope Francis telling him that she had been raped by a local police officer, the Pope called her to tell her, “You are not alone.”“The Pope told me he receives thousands of letters each day, but that what I wrote moved him and touched his heart,” the woman said in an interview with the National University of Cordoba’s Canal 10 TV … [Read more...]

Beatification cause imminent for auxiliary bishop of Madrid

Madrid, Spain, Aug 22, 2013 / 12:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Madrid has announced that this fall, the beatification cause of Auxiliary Bishop Eugenio Romero Pose will officially be opened.Bishop Pose was appointed as Madrid’s auxiliary bishop in early March of 1997, and was a close collaborator with the current archbishop, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela.The archdiocese announced on August 21 that the solemn opening of his cause for beatification will be led by … [Read more...]

Priest in Italy suspects mafia behind attack on parish

Rome, Italy, Aug 20, 2013 / 04:10 pm (CNA).- A priest in southern Italy believes that local mafia members may be behind a recent attack on his parish after he preached critically about them and called them to conversion. According to the Italian daily Avvenire, Father Stefano Giaquinto – pastor of Saint Mary of the Victory in Casagiove – was surprised on the night of Aug. 15 by a fire at the “Nazarene” parish center, a clinic for drug rehabilitation which he … [Read more...]

Pro-life petition could spark European legislation, debate

Brussels, Belgium, Aug 20, 2013 / 02:24 am (CNA).- A citizen-led initiative in Europe is nearing the one million signatures needed to prompt a discussion on human life and push for an end to funding of abortion and embryo-destroying research. The initiative, called “One of Us,” seeks to protect the “dignity, the right to life and the integrity of every human being” at all stages of development.It asks the European Union “to end the financing of activities … [Read more...]

Lack of Christ the ‘greatest poverty,’ Pope tells movement

Rimini, Italy, Aug 20, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA).- Pope Francis welcomed the 34th Rimini Meeting, an annual gathering organized by the lay movement Communion and Liberation, by encouraging participants to bring Christ to those who do not know him. “We are poor in love, thirsty for truth and justice, beggars of God,” Pope Francis wrote in an Aug. 18 letter to Bishop Francesco Lambiasi of Rimini, on the occasion of the opening of the gathering. “The greatest poverty is in fact … [Read more...]

Cancer patient regains will to live after seeing Pope

Madrid, Spain, Aug 19, 2013 / 12:28 pm (CNA).- After a decade of struggling with cancer and other illnesses, a 58-year-old woman from Madrid has found comfort and renewed strength from a recent encounter with Pope Francis.“Now I am living with joy, happiness and above all, gratitude,” said Elena Alba, according to the newspaper La Razon.For the past 10 years, Alba has been battling several illnesses, including two bouts with cancer, most recently in her brain. Surgeries, … [Read more...]

Spanish bishop calls for active charity on feast of Assumption

Bilboa, Spain, Aug 16, 2013 / 01:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Mario Iceta of Bilbao, Spain, said that like Mary, we should allow our lives to be used to offer hope to those in all forms of poverty, as well as to young people. During his homily at the Basilica of Begona on the feast of the Assumption of Mary, Bishop Iceta drew attention especially to the elderly and the sick who were not able to attend the Mass. In particular, he mentioned the mayor of Bilbao, Inaki Azkuna, who … [Read more...]


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