New English discernment house hopes to help vocations flourish

Manchester, United Kingdom, Apr 16, 2014 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, England, has announced plans for a house of discernment for potential priests, emphasizing the need for “a renewed love for the priesthood.” “If we truly open our hearts in prayer within our families and parishes, I have no doubt this gift of new vocations will be given us,” the bishop said in his homily during the April 16 Chrism Mass at St. Anthony’s Church … [Read more...]

Expert says social media changes are evangelization opportunity

Rome, Italy, Apr 15, 2014 / 04:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The internet and social media have caused major changes in human communication, but also create a “tremendous opportunity” for evangelization, a communications expert with the U.S. bishops has said. “The new social media built off of the internet and the web are really changing how we understand ourselves as humans and how we understand communications,” Helen Osman, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ … [Read more...]

Pontifical council considers energy’s relation to justice, peace

Rome, Italy, Apr 13, 2014 / 07:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican body concerned with justice and peace presented a book Friday which considers their connection with energy, and how energy can both threaten and serve integral human development. “In this book, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace addresses a dialogue between faith and energy,” said Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the pontifical council, at the presentation of “Energy, Justice and Peace” … [Read more...]

John Paul II’s secretary: pontificate was marked by martyrdom

Krakow, Poland, Apr 11, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, one of Bl. John Paul II’s closest collaborators, said the Pope’s holiness and pontificate were characterized by martyrdom. In an article entitled “A Life with Karol,” published in a magazine insert by the Italian newspaper Avvenire, Cardinal Dziwisz said that during the May 13, 1981 assassination attempt, “the Pope’s blood was shed … and the Pope came … [Read more...]

Maidan protests gave rise to a ‘new society’ in Ukraine

Kyiv, Ukraine, Apr 10, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The three months of protests in Kyiv’s Maidan Square were a demonstration of Ukrainians’ moving beyond fear to find their freedom and founding a new society, a philosopher from the country’s east has reflected. “Freedom is needed in order to defend human dignity,” Aleksandr Filonenko, an associate professor of the philosophy of science at the University of Kharkiv, told CNA April 8. “We are not … [Read more...]

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...]


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