Catholics denounce use of hashtags for ‘paramilitary warfare’

Rome, Italy, Aug 28, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Reacting to an internet campaign launched by ISIS threatening the life of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, Catholic leaders stressed that evil is not the final verdict and encouraged faithful to adhere to Christ. “We oppose the genocide with the beauty of witness. In front of the superficiality of political leaders we propose actions, petitions, to invoke popular commitment to the chaotic succession of news we are striving to pray … [Read more...]

No one wins by destroying each other, Jerusalem bishop says

Rome, Italy, Aug 27, 2014 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop William Shomali of Jerusalem hopes the new indefinite ceasefire in Gaza will hold, cautioning that victory cannot come from violence and that compromise is vital on both sides for it to last. “This time we are much more hopeful for one important reason: no one is victorious after two months. Two are losers I believe, no one is victorious even if someone says 'I won.' No one won,” Bishop Shomali, auxiliary bishop … [Read more...]

New Ukrainian Orthodox head to face questions of independence

Kyiv, Ukraine, Aug 19, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The newly elected head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Moscow Patriarchate must decide whether that Church can be independent from Russia, Ukraine's eastern neighbor with which it is in conflict, analysts say. On Aug. 13, Metropolitan Onufriy was elected Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, making him the primate of the UOC-MP, which is one of the three primary Orthodox Churches in Ukraine. He was enthroned at his Church's … [Read more...]

Italian bishops call on faithful to pray for Iraqi Christians

Rome, Italy, Aug 14, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the plight of Christians and other religious minorities intensifies under the spread of the Islamic State, Italian charities and dioceses are putting into action a series of initiatives to help displaced Iraqis. The Italian bishops have designated Aug. 15 as a special day of prayer for the persecuted Christians in the world. In calling the day of prayer, the Italian bishops stressed that they “cannot remain silent” in … [Read more...]

Students of Benedict XVI to discuss theology of the cross at encounter

Rome, Italy, Aug 13, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The annual meeting of Benedict XVI's students from his time at the University of Regensburg will gather next week to discuss the theology of the cross, a member of the circle has said. The Ratzinger “Schuelerkreis,” or “students' circle,” has met to discuss topics in theology and the life of the Church since 1978, when their professor was pulled from academia to become a bishop. This year's encounter … [Read more...]

Korean faithful show God is ‘alive, powerful’ in Asia

Rome, Italy, Aug 12, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The rich history of martyrdom in South Korea and the thousands of young people slated to gather this week for Pope Francis shows the beauty and power of the faith, says a local bishop.   Bishop Lazzaro You Heung-sik of Daejeon will host Pope Francis in his diocese Aug. 15, when the pontiff takes part in the Sixth Asian Youth Day by celebrating Mass in the World Cup Stadium.   The bishop told CNA that around six thousand young … [Read more...]

Faithful drawn by accessibility of St. Clare, basilica priest reflects

Assisi, Italy, Aug 11, 2014 / 05:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Aug. 11 Feast of Saint Clare is an occasion for the people of Assisi to show their devotion to the beloved saint, with whom they feel a profound connection, said a local priest. Catholics, especially in Assisi, often entrust children and the sick to St. Clare’s intercession, knowing that she is a “spiritual mother, who safeguards her children,” said Fr. Mario Macri, one of the brothers at the Basilica of St. Clare … [Read more...]


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