Church must reclaim its missionary identity, Italian priest says

Milan, Italy, Jun 24, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As “Ad Gentes,” the only Italian magazine dedicated to the foreign missions, suspended publication last week due to a lack of subscribers, a priest has emphasized the Church's need to embrace its missionary ideals. “We should be enthusiastic for Jesus Christ, who gave us the vocation of being missionary … we should turn back to Christ in order to bring the mission back to people,” Fr. Piero Gheddo, a … [Read more...]

Pope Francis stops car to bless young disabled woman

Rome, Italy, Jun 23, 2014 / 10:19 am (CNA).- During his June 21 pastoral visit to the region of Calabria in southern Italy, Pope Francis stopped the car that was transporting him to see a young disabled woman and her family on the side of the road. A video posted online by a family in the southern Italian region of Calabria depicts the encounter with the Holy Father. The Pope passed by the highway near the family’s house as he returned from Cassano allo Jonio, where he spoke out … [Read more...]

Euthanasia case heads to French high court

Paris, France, Jun 20, 2014 / 03:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An official with France’s highest court has said that a minimally conscious, severely injured man should be denied food and hydration, countering prior rulings that doing so would violate his right to life. Remi Keller, public rapporteur with France’s Council of State, issued a recommendation that Vincent Lambert, 39, had no hope of recovery or enjoying a positive effect from the food or hydration that is keeping him … [Read more...]

Salesians back humane solutions for asylum seekers in Italy

Rome, Italy, Jun 20, 2014 / 11:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Salesian groups in Italy launched an initiative Friday to coordinate their activities for immigrants, many of whom are refugees, both in Italy and in their home countries. The June 20 launch date marks World Refugee Day, established in 2000, which is meant to raise awareness about refugees throughout the world. The initiative of the Salesians' International Volunteering for Development and Salesians for Social Issues to … [Read more...]

Archbishop hopes Colombian president will work for peace

Rome, Italy, Jun 20, 2014 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Colombian bishop has said the country’s newly re-elected president, Juan Manuel Santos, has the difficult mission of confronting new violence amid continued security problems and guerrilla attacks. “I would ask the president to work first to define the issue of peace,” Archbishop Oscar Urbina Ortega of Villavicencio told CNA June 13 in Rome. “I think there has been a lot of progress, although we don't have … [Read more...]

Eucharist the ‘bread of love’, Pope says on Corpus Christi

Rome, Italy, Jun 19, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During Mass for the feast of Corpus Christi, Pope Francis exhorted the faithful to avoid the “false bread” of the world, and to remember that God’s food truly satisfies. “To live the experience of faith means to let the Lord nourish us and to build our existence not on material goods, but on the reality that does not perish: the gifts of God, his word and his body,” the Pope said in his June 19 homily during … [Read more...]

Polish communist’s reconciliation with Church hailed as joyous

Warsaw, Poland, Jun 19, 2014 / 12:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The recent funeral Mass said for Wojciech Jaruzelski, who was a Polish military commander and communist politician during the Cold War, has been received as an occasion for rejoicing. “What a very odd but beautiful thing, that the head of the government which was at war with the Church should in the end be reconciled with the Church. That's cause to ring the bells of glory, isn't it?” said Fr. Raymond Gawronski, a … [Read more...]


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