Former archbishop of Milan succumbs to illness, dies at 85

Milan, Italy, Aug 31, 2012 / 03:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, the Archbishop Emeritus of Milan, Italy, died today at the age of 85 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Known for his expertise in Biblical studies, Cardinal Martini was being treated at a Jesuit-run clinic in the city of Gallarte, near Milan. He died at 3:45 p.m. local time, after his condition took a turn for the worse yesterday evening. Dr. Gianni Pezzoli, a specialist in neurology who … [Read more...]

Police recover stolen relic of Blessed John Paul II

Rome, Italy, Aug 30, 2012 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Police quickly recovered a vile of Blessed John Paul II's blood, which was stolen on Aug. 28 in the city of Marina di Cerveteri while being taken by train to a shrine in northern Italy.     The priest assigned with transferring the relic told officials he was distracted on the train by three men who asked him for directions and then disembarked several stops ahead him. Upon leaving the train, he realized his backpack had … [Read more...]

At England’s Marian shrine, Bishop Davies urges full embrace of faith

Walsingham, England, Aug 28, 2012 / 03:32 pm (CNA).- Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has encouraged English Catholics to prepare for the Year of Faith by embracing and proclaiming Catholicism in its entirety.“We are invited together with Simon Peter and with his successor Benedict our Pope to profess our Catholic faith in fullness and with renewed conviction,” Bishop Davies said Aug. 26 during a pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Walsingham in Norfolk.Bishop Davies gave two … [Read more...]

At England’s Marian shrine, Bishop Davies urges full embrace of faith

Walsingham, England, Aug 28, 2012 / 03:32 pm (CNA).- Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has encouraged English Catholics to prepare for the Year of Faith by embracing and proclaiming Catholicism in its entirety.“We are invited together with Simon Peter and with his successor Benedict our Pope to profess our Catholic faith in fullness and with renewed conviction,” Bishop Davies said Aug. 26 during a pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Walsingham in Norfolk.Bishop Davies gave two … [Read more...]

Vatican defends child with Down syndrome accused of burning Quran

Rome, Italy, Aug 28, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue has voiced support for a Christian girl with Down syndrome in Pakistan, who was arrested for allegedly burning pages of the Quran.In an interview with Vatican Radio on Aug. 25, Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran said the child, Rimsha Masih, “does not know how to read or write.” “Before asserting that a sacred text was the target of ridicule, the facts … [Read more...]

Capuchins to examine challenges of evangelizing secular societies

Rome, Italy, Aug 27, 2012 / 12:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Capuchin Franciscan religious order is celebrating its General Chapter in Rome this month and is focusing on the challenges of bringing Franciscan spirituality into the secularized life of the northern hemisphere.According to the Capuchin’s website, some 234 members of the community are meeting Aug. 20 to Sept. 22 at the St. Lawrence of Brindisi Franciscan International School in Rome.The assembly opened on Aug. 20 with a … [Read more...]

Fr. Giusanni had gift for deciphering signs of the times, priest recalls

Rimini, Italy, Aug 27, 2012 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When Father Luigi Giussani died in 2005, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger told the mourners at his funeral that “the centrality of Christ” in the life of the founder of Communion and Liberation gave him a particular “gift” for “deciphering correctly the signs of the times” in a difficult age “filled with temptations and errors.”“Yes, I am convinced that Don Giussani has been a gift of … [Read more...]


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