Spanish bishop exhorts faithful to speak out against abortion

Cordoba, Spain, May 17, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA).- Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain, is calling on the faithful not to remain silent about the genocide of abortion and to work for “policies inspired in the culture of life.”“The hundreds of thousands – more than a million – abortions that have taken place in recent years constitute the slow suicide of nation that is incapable to transmitting life to the next generation,” he warned.In his latest … [Read more...]

Pope’s plan to visit Bonaria shrine thrills pastor

Cagliari, Italy, May 17, 2013 / 05:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Giovannino Tolu said his heart began racing when he heard that Pope Francis will the visit the shrine he oversees on the Italian island of Sardinia, making it the fourth time he has received a pontiff. Pope Francis announced at the end of his May 15 general audience that he will travel to the city of Cagliari in September to venerate Our Lady of Bonaria at the basilica of the same name. “Can’t you hear my heart … [Read more...]

Vatican official urges renewal of spouses’ life-long ‘yes’

Rome, Italy, May 16, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, said a cultural change is needed to recover the value and meaning of the life-long “yes” that spouses give each other in marriage. “Unfortunately, today if you give a ‘life-long yes’ to your football team, that is more acceptable than if you give it to your husband or wife,” Archbishop Paglia said during a meeting with reporters … [Read more...]

Tango dancer dedicates performance at St. Peter’s to Pope

Rome, Italy, May 14, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA).- A professional Argentine dancer, who recently travelled to Rome to see his fellow countryman, Pope Francis, hopes to one day perform for the Holy Father in person.“It is truly a pleasure and an honor for Argentineans to have him as Pope,” Oscar Flores told CNA on May 8 after the Pope’s general audience. “He is a very charismatic person and he knows how to reach the people.”The dancer was joined by a group of Latin … [Read more...]

Pontificate of Pope Francis consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima

Lisbon, Portugal, May 14, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the Holy Father’s personal request, Cardinal Jose Polycarp, the Patriarch of Lisbon, consecrated the pontificate of Pope Francis to Our Lady of Fatima on her feast day.Addressing Our Lady of Fatima during the ceremony, Cardinal Polycarp said, “Grant (Pope Francis) the gift of discernment to know how to identify the paths of renewal for the Church, grant him the courage to not falter in following the paths suggested by … [Read more...]

Pontificate of Pope Francis consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima

Lisbon, Portugal, May 14, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the Holy Father’s personal request, Cardinal Jose Polycarp, the Patriarch of Lisbon, consecrated the pontificate of Pope Francis to Our Lady of Fatima on her feast day.Addressing Our Lady of Fatima during the ceremony, Cardinal Polycarp said, “Grant (Pope Francis) the gift of discernment to know how to identify the paths of renewal for the Church, grant him the courage to not falter in following the paths suggested by … [Read more...]

Board game created by nun becomes a hit in Spain

Rome, Italy, May 13, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new faith-based board game created by a Spanish nun has become one of the most popular First Communion gifts in Spain this year.Sister Maria Granados Molina created the new game, “The Joy of the Faith,” which tests players’ knowledge of Catholicism. The game’s publisher said 2,000 copies have been made since the game went on sale a few months ago, and there are hopes to market it in the United States and Latin … [Read more...]


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