Vatican condemns ‘horrible attack’ on French newspaper

Paris, France, Jan 7, 2015 / 12:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has voiced his “strongest condemnation” of the “horrible attack” on a French satirical newspaper that published insulting cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed, and he urged opposition to all hatred and violence. “Whatever may be the motivation, homicidal violence is abominable. It is never justified: the life and dignity of all must be firmly guaranteed and guarded; any instigation to hate … [Read more...]

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Official song for World Youth Day 2016 debuted in Krakow

Krakow, Poland, Jan 7, 2015 / 11:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The official song for World Youth Day Krakow 2016, inspired by the theme “Blessed are the merciful,” was premiered in the Polish capital on Tuesday.   The official debuting of the song took place at the conclusion of the traditional procession of the Magi to mark the Solemnity of the Epiphany. According to the WYD 2016 website, the song was composed by Jakub Blycharz, “a lawyer by education, a musician by … [Read more...]

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A cultural focus for Pope Francis’ Portuguese cardinal

Lisbon, Portugal, Jan 7, 2015 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ selection of Patriarch Manuel Macario do Nascimento Clemente of Lisbon as a new cardinal will bring to the College of Cardinals a churchman active in academics, culture and communications.   Patriarch Clemente was born in Torres Vedras, a municipality north of Lisbon, on July 16, 1948. He was ordained a priest of the Patriarchate of Lisbon in 1979, and consecrated as an auxiliary bishop of the patriarchate in … [Read more...]

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Cardinal wowed by vocation surge at Rome’s American seminary

Rome, Italy, Jan 6, 2015 / 03:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin voiced enthusiasm at seeing the high number of American seminarians studying in Rome – calling it a sign that vocations are on the rise. “What strikes me is the number of seminarians who are studying here in this college, which means that at least in some areas vocations are growing,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin told American journalists Jan. 6. Cardinal Parolin … [Read more...]

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‘It’s like Jesus is coming to the Philippines’: Frenzy builds over Francis

Rome, Italy, Jan 6, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest on the papal flight for Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the Philippines said the country is anxiously awaiting the pontiff and is anticipating his paternal closeness with those who suffer. “For us Filipinos, (the Pope) is really the representative of Jesus on earth, so it's like Jesus (is) coming to the Philippines,” Father Gregory Gaston told CNA Dec. 9. Local faithful truly view the Pope “as a … [Read more...]

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‘No human invention’ – Marriage a divine plan, bishop says

Shrewsbury, England, Jan 5, 2015 / 01:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has responded to Pope Francis' call for renewed commitment to the “Gospel of the Family” by releasing a pastoral letter on the special vocation and mission of the family. The pastoral letter was read at Mass in all the churches and chapels of the Shrewsbury diocese Dec. 28, the feast of the Holy Family, and reminded the faithful of the Church's constant and unchangeable teaching … [Read more...]

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For Catholics in Ukraine ‘the situation in the war zones is catastrophic’

Kharkiv, Ukraine, Jan 3, 2015 / 06:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- For Bishop Stanislav Shyrokoradiuk of Kharkiv-Zaporizha, the situation in Eastern Ukraine is dramatic: his diocese encompasses almost the entire eastern part of Ukraine, including areas that are no longer under the control of the government in Kyiv. “The situation in the war zones is catastrophic. There is hunger. More than 80 people have already died of it in Luhansk and Donetsk,” the Bishop of … [Read more...]

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