French couple claims police violence at marriage march

Paris, France, Apr 4, 2013 / 03:59 pm (CNA).- A couple in France is reporting acts of violence by police officers against participants in a recent march to defend marriage against redefinition by the French government.In an email sent to CNA, Benoit and Marie Dubois described violent actions that they claimed to witness at a March 24 pro-family demonstration.“The government allowed a peaceful demonstration made up mostly of families comprised grandparents, parents and children, to be … [Read more...]

Pope’s hug embraced everyone with disabilities, dad says

Rome, Italy, Apr 4, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The father of a boy with special needs, whose iconic hug from Pope Francis has captured the world's attention, says that the Pope in that instant held “all people” with disabilities. “The Pope was embracing all the impoverished in that moment and it was a profound blessing,” Dr. Paul Gondreau told CNA April 2. “Not just for me and my wife,” he added, “but all parents of special needs … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to offer hope by washing young inmates’ feet

Rome, Italy, Mar 27, 2013 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ decision to wash the feet of 12 young people at a juvenile detention center on Holy Thursday is being described as a display of love for the young people and invitation to renewal.Prison chaplain Father Gaetano Greco told CNA that the Pope’s visit “will make them see that their lives are not bound by a mistake, that forgiveness exists and that they can begin to build their lives again.”Fr. Greco … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to offer hope by washing young inmates’ feet

Rome, Italy, Mar 27, 2013 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ decision to wash the feet of 12 young people at a juvenile detention center on Holy Thursday is being described as a display of love for the young people and invitation to renewal.Prison chaplain Father Gaetano Greco told CNA that the Pope’s visit “will make them see that their lives are not bound by a mistake, that forgiveness exists and that they can begin to build their lives again.”Fr. Greco … [Read more...]

Argentine press claims Pope Francis will visit country in December

Rome, Italy, Mar 26, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two of Argentina's leading newspapers reported today that Pope Francis will visit the country this year during the first half of December. In response, however, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the only trip for the Holy Father that has been confirmed so far is his visit to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day in July. On March 26, local newspaper La Nacion reported that Pope Francis took the opportunity during … [Read more...]

American seminarians experience rewards of Lent in Rome

Rome, Italy, Mar 25, 2013 / 04:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two American seminarians living and studying in Rome have found that their experience of Lent this year has been both challenging and rewarding. “I’ve given up eating burgers and eating out, but I’ve also added things to my prayer regiment,” said Kyle Sahd, originally from the Diocese of Harrisburg in Pennsylvania.   For Sahd that means organizing Mass at the Station Churches, which the Pontifical North … [Read more...]

UK pilgrims will carry life-sized cross to historic shrine

London, England, Mar 23, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- About 250 pilgrims of all ages and backgrounds will spend Holy Week helping to carry a life-sized wooden cross to the historic English Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham. “As we walk through the streets carrying the cross, thousands of people see us as we walk by. It serves as a reminder as to what Easter and Lent are really about,” Student Cross coordinator Angela Joyce told CNA March 22. The pilgrims are divided into 11 … [Read more...]


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