‘It’s time to surrender,’ Pope tells crime-ridden Naples

Rome, Italy, Mar 21, 2015 / 05:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told the people of Naples – a city ravaged by crime and mafia violence – that change is possible, and encouraged those involved in organized crime to convert and work toward a better future. “It's time for Naples surrender: this is my wish and my prayer for a city that has so much spiritual, cultural and human potential, and above all so much capacity to love,” the Pope told those present at his … [Read more...]

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An 11,000-mile pilgrimage to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia

Rome, Italy, Mar 20, 2015 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- How far would you travel to see the Pope? For one family in Argentina, seven months and 11,000 miles is a small price to pay for the chance to celebrate the World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis in September. “The family is everything and we want to say it,” Noelle Zemborain, a mother of four, told CNA. She acknowledged that families face many “difficult situations,” including meeting monthly expenses. … [Read more...]

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Dante’s biggest fans? The ‘poet of popes’ and his legacy at the Vatican

Rome, Italy, Mar 20, 2015 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With this year marking the 750th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s birth, the Vatican is taking a closer look the author of the Italian masterpiece, the Divine Comedy, and his impact upon the popes of the 20th century. “Dante is a universal poet for all people and all times,” according to a Mar. 17 article by L'Osservatore Romano which expounds upon the estimation which Paul VI, along with his predecessor Benedict XV, … [Read more...]

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Children of gay and lesbian parents write letter of support to Dolce, Gabbana

Milan, Italy, Mar 19, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA).- The designers behind luxury Italian fashion label Dolce & Gabbana triggered a barrage of controversy after expressing support for traditional marriage and families last weekend in an interview with the Italian magazine Panorama. On Monday, six children (now adults) raised by same-sex parents in the United States wrote a letter supporting the designers, thanking them for speaking up for the rights of children to both a mother and a … [Read more...]

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Vatican analyst explores ‘The Francis Miracle’ in new book

Rome, Italy, Mar 17, 2015 / 02:28 am (CNA).- Pope Francis is the subject of a new book by noted Vatican analyst and author John Allen, Jr. From the Pope’s Argentinian roots to his journey to the papacy and view to the future, “The Francis Miracle” seeks to offer a definitive resource on the Roman Pontiff and the legacy he will leave behind. CNA spoke with Allen about “The Francis Miracle,” which is available this month from TIME Books. The text of the interview is … [Read more...]

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‘Family is not a fad’: Dolce & Gabbana spark firestorm in backing traditional marriage

Rome, Italy, Mar 16, 2015 / 07:11 am (CNA).- Creators of the luxury Italian fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana sparked global controversy over the weekend after coming out in defense of marriage, saying that children have the right to a mother and a father. “The family is not a fad,” said co-founder of the fashion empire, Stefano Gabbana, in an interview with the Italian Magazine Panorama. “In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging.” Sharing this view with his … [Read more...]

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Here’s what the Church in Pompei is doing about the mafia

Pompeii, Italy, Mar 15, 2015 / 03:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Tommaso Caputo of Pompei said that his diocese has welcomed the Pope’s recent condemnation of organized crime and has several initiatives in place to help affected families. “The Italian church has always taken into great consideration the problems relating to the South of Italy,” where mafia activity in its various forms is deeply seated, Archbishop Tommaso Caputo told CNA Feb. 28. Archbishop Caputo … [Read more...]

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