Fatima statue inspires devotion, prayer in Castel Gandolfo

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Apr 10, 2014 / 02:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Locals and swarms of pilgrims from various parts of the world gathered in Castel Gandolfo outside of Rome recently to show their Marian devotion and join in communal prayer. From April 3-7, the Pontifical Church Saint Thomas of Villanova hosted the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Parish priest Father Pietro Diletti told CNA that the arrival of the statue has sparked an intensity and ardor of faith within the local community as … [Read more...]

Lawyers warn of global push for ‘gender identity’ language

Rome, Italy, Apr 9, 2014 / 05:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Attorneys working for human rights at the United Nations and other global organizations note a growing trend to introduce “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” language – as well as abortion rights – into international law. A “newer theme that we see in international law is what we call the SOGI movement, or the Sexual Orientation Gender Identity movement,” British attorney Paul Coleman … [Read more...]

Spanish archbishop encourages faithful to attend canonizations

Madrid, Spain, Apr 2, 2014 / 04:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Jose Ansejo Pelegrina of Seville, Spain, has issued a pastoral letter inviting Catholics to take part in pilgrimages to Rome to attend the April 27 canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II.   In his letter, Archbishop Ansejo recalled how John XXIII shepherded the Church from 1958 to 1963. “He convened the Second Vatican Council, worked persistently for the renewal of the Church and for the unity of … [Read more...]

Pope names auxiliary bishop for key English archdiocese

London, England, Mar 31, 2014 / 10:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis appointed a new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Westminster Monday: Monsignor Nicholas Gilbert Hudson, a parish priest of the Southwark archdiocese. Msgr. Hudson said he felt “honored and humbled” at the appointment. “It is exciting to be a Catholic in this second year of the pontificate of Pope Francis. I pray that I might emulate the Holy Father’s radical simplicity and outreach to … [Read more...]

Lawyer identifies key groups in European persecution of Christians

Rome, Italy, Mar 30, 2014 / 07:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Legal counsel Paul Coleman has spoken of the increasing persecution of Christians in Europe, identifying the main groups driving ideological agendas counter to Church teaching. Anti-Christian ideologies at the U.N. are “being advanced by three different groups,” Coleman told CNA in a March 23 interview, the first being “activist organizations, the primary drivers behind the movement.” “Then you have … [Read more...]

Salesians’ new leader worked with Bergoglio in Argentina

Rome, Italy, Mar 29, 2014 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Angel Fernandez Artime, a Spaniard who most recently served as provincial in southern Argentina, was elected rector major of the Salesians of St. John Bosco March 25. “I abandon myself to the Lord,” Fr. Fernandez said upon his election. “We ask Don Bosco and Mary Help of Christians to accompany us and to accompany me, with my brother Salesians and with the Congregation, and I accept with faith.” Fr. … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke stresses Catholic media’s ‘supreme importance’

Rome, Italy, Mar 28, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA).- Cardinal Raymond Burke has praised the work of Catholic media, noting its importance in forming a pro-life culture that respects religious freedom and the nature of marriage. “The culture of death advances, in large part, because of a lack of attention and information among the general public. What is more, the thoroughly galvanized anti-life and anti-family agenda of the pervasive secular mass media confuses and corrupts minds and hearts, … [Read more...]


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