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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Conference to consider the human element in Catholic family life

Rome, Italy, Jan 2, 2015 / 01:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic marriage preparation and pastoral care of the family in light of human nature will be the topic of an upcoming Rome conference that takes inspiration from the Extraordinary Synod on the Family. The conference, hosted at Rome’s Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, aims “to make a constructive contribution to the reflections of the Church on marriage and the family,” a brochure said. The event will take … [Read more...]

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UK youth create Advent video calendar

London, England, Dec 21, 2014 / 01:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- This Advent, young Catholics in the UK are using video media to challenge their peers to “engage in the life and rhythm of the Church” and seek a deeper relationship with Christ.Made for Glory, a by-the-youth, for-the-youth faith initiative in the UK, has been releasing a video for every day of Advent. Each video features a reflection from one of several young people based upon that day’s Gospel reading. So far, … [Read more...]

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Scriptures come to life for Irish families through Jesse Box

Rome, Italy, Dec 21, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new initiative out of Ireland is using Biblical dioramas to engage parents and children in Scripture. The Jesse Box, says one of its creators Sebastian Kraszkiewicz, aims “to help pass the faith to the children and to encourage family liturgy.” The diorama kit provides tools for children who, with the help of their parents, can create and act out different stories from the Old and New Testament. The biblical stories … [Read more...]

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