Meet Father Salvatore, the young priest whose life moved the Pope

Trani, Italy, Jul 1, 2015 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The life of Father Salvatore Mellone, who died on Monday, was moving to thousands of people. He was to have at least two more years of seminary when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, but by special permission and the blessing of Pope Francis, he was ordained nevertheless. Fr. Mellone, who died June 29 at the age of 38, had been a priest of the Archdiocese of Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie for two and a half months. With his failing health, … [Read more...]

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What does it look like to be gay – and a practicing Catholic?

Rome, Italy, Jun 30, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA).- More than 10 years ago, Joseph Prever found himself scouring the internet for anything that might help him: he was gay, Catholic, and confused. Resources were scarce for a man struggling with homosexuality and trying to remain faithful to the Church’s teaching. In the intervening years, Catholics experiencing same-sex attraction have become a more vocal presence in the Church. Google the words “gay Catholic” and one of the top … [Read more...]

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CDF reportedly judges Medjugorje apparitions false, but permits pilgrimage

Rome, Italy, Jun 25, 2015 / 12:13 pm (CNA).- If reports in Italian media outlets are to be believed, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith met June 24 to discuss the alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje, reaching the conclusion that they are inauthentic, but recognizing the site as a place of prayer. On Thursday, the Vatican watcher Gianluca Barile wrote that “for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, in fact, the 'apparitions' do not have any supernatural … [Read more...]

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Transfixed by the face of Jesus: Pilgrims at the Shroud of Turin

Turin, Italy, Jun 24, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At this year's exposition of the Shroud of Turin, pilgrims reflected on looking upon what some believe to be Christ's own image – miraculously imprinted on a Jewish burial cloth 2,000 years ago. “I was transfixed looking at the face,” said Peter Taylor, a seminarian for the diocese of Middlesbrough, England in an interview with CNA. “I just couldn't tear my eyes away from the face of Christ. It was … [Read more...]

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Thousands gather in Rome to support the family, oppose gender theory

Rome, Italy, Jun 24, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A pro-family demonstration drew hundreds of thousands of participants to Rome on Saturday, where the rally gathered those opposed to the introduction of gender ideology in Italian schools and to a bill which would expand the rights of those in civil unions. “We want to bear witness to the beauty of the family,” said Vincenzo and Sara, addressing the June 20 rally. “All of our children have been born of a mother and a … [Read more...]

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What Pope Francis owes the Salesians

Turin, Italy, Jun 23, 2015 / 04:03 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- Pope Francis is a Jesuit, but he has Salesian roots. A Salesian priest was the matchmaker for Pope Francis' parents and baptized the future Pope, while Francis owes his priestly vocation to a Salesian priest. Pope Francis recently visited Turin to celebrate the 200th anniversary of St. John Bosco's birth. Father Elio Cesari, who is responsible for the Salesian Youth in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis reconnects with relatives in Turin

Turin, Italy, Jun 23, 2015 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his trip to Turin this week, Pope Francis visited his relatives and his ancestors' parish, his father, an Italian emigrant to Argentina, having been baptized in the city. On June 21, he made a short visit to St. Teresa parish, where his grandparents were married in 1907, and his father baptized. He kissed the baptistery, recalling his grandparents and praying for families and the upcoming Synod on the Family, leaving behind a … [Read more...]

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