Paris wax museum unveils statue of Pope Francis

Paris, France, Apr 10, 2015 / 04:09 pm (CNA).- The directors of the Grévin Wax Museum in Paris presented the first statue of Pope Francis that is now part of its popular collection.   The statue was unveiled April 2 in the atrium of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.   (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; … [Read more...]

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Doctrine divides while justice unites? One author’s new take on an old claim

Rome, Italy, Apr 10, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA).- As the Church prepares to conclude its celebration of the 50th anniversary of Vatican II later this year, one book is taking a hard look at the council's vision of ecumenism in a world where attitudes toward social justice are constantly in flux. Is it true, as some say, that doctrine divides, while justice unites? Can social justice really build Christian unity? Is it capable of declaring Christ to the world? Justice, Unity, and the Hidden … [Read more...]

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Bomb attack, ISIS invasion can’t dampen faith of Iraqi seminarian

Rome, Italy, Apr 9, 2015 / 12:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Remi Marzina Momica has seen it all: a victim of a 2010 bus attack and among those forced to leave his home when ISIS invaded last year, he says Iraq’s “shattered” Christians need help. “Christians are shattered like crystal glass all over. (From) being a culture who started the Bible’s Old Testament to a people with no land, no work, no schools, no hospitals…nothing!” Momica told CNA April 4. … [Read more...]

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Britain stands with persecuted Christians, prime minister affirms

London, England, Apr 8, 2015 / 12:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Easter is a perfect time to take note of all that Christianity has done for Great Britain and to support those persecuted for their faith, UK prime minister David Cameron said in his Easter message. “The church is not just a collection of beautiful old buildings,” Cameron said in an April 4 video message posted on Youtube. “It’s a living, active force doing great works right across our … [Read more...]

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For Bishop Davies, ‘British values’ come from human dignity, not politicians

Shrewsbury, England, Apr 7, 2015 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It is more important than ever for the British people to hear about Jesus Christ, who reveals the dignity and identity of every person, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury said in his Easter Sunday homily. “It is in the light of His Cross and Resurrection that we have long recognised what a human being is worth and what we should truly value in our lives,” he said April 5. Christianity has long been Britain’s … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, Good Friday shrouded in grief over persecuted Christians

Rome, Italy, Apr 3, 2015 / 03:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Both Pope Francis' Good Friday service at the Vatican and the Stations of the Cross held at the Colosseum later in the day zeroed-in on the plight of persecuted Christians around the world. “In you, Divine Love, we see again today our persecuted brethren: beheaded, crucified, for their faith in you, beneath our eyes, or often with our complicit silence,” he said in a brief reflection April 3 following the Way of the … [Read more...]

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A Medieval devotion alive and well for a handful of modern Romans

Rome, Italy, Apr 3, 2015 / 04:51 am (CNA).- In the hours after evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, a few pilgrims in Rome make their way to the Church of Saint Praxedes, home to a fragment of stone alleged to be the pillar upon which Jesus was scourged. Known as the Column of the Flagellation, the stone offers an object of contemplation for those visiting the church to reflect on Christ's Passion. This is especially true on Holy Thursday, when pilgrims traditionally go … [Read more...]

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