Ukraine protests seek to defend human rights, bishop reflects

Kiev, Ukraine, Jan 29, 2014 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading Ukrainian Greek Catholic bishop has denounced the “brutality” of government crackdowns on protests in the Ukraine, while urging protestors not to take up arms. “The country, in somewhat traumatic ways, is trying to break the bonds of the past and the bonds of fear and subjugation by declaring the God-given dignity of every human being,” said Bishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy … [Read more...]

Relic of John Paul II’s blood stolen from Italian church

Rome, Italy, Jan 28, 2014 / 02:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A reliquary containing drops of the blood of Blessed Pope John Paul II has been stolen from a church in central Italy. According to reports, thieves stole the relic and a small simple cross from the Church of San Pietro della Ienca in the mountainous region of Abruzzo. Pasquale Corrieri, who heads the cultural center that cares for the church, said he believed the theft was “commissioned,” ABC News … [Read more...]

Pope reminds businesses of responsibility to help poor, vulnerable

Davos, Switzerland, Jan 28, 2014 / 12:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Business leaders have an obligation to use their gifts to help the poor and vulnerable, working to promote equality and human dignity, said Pope Francis in a recent letter. “It is intolerable that thousands of people continue to die every day from hunger, even though substantial quantities of food are available, and often simply wasted,” the Pope said. “Likewise, we cannot but be moved by the many refugees … [Read more...]

Manoppello’s Holy Face shrine sees uptick in US interest

Rome, Italy, Jan 26, 2014 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Shrine to the Holy Face of Christ tucked into Italy's Appennine mountains is starting to catch the attention of the world, particularly that of American Catholics.   “We have a lot of Italians, of course, and many Germans but now we're seeing more and more pilgrims from the U.S.,” said Sister Blandina Paschalis Schloemer, a Trappist nun and daily pilgrim that lives within eye-shot of the shrine.   The … [Read more...]

Archbishop Müller encourages unity serving evangelization, mission

Valencia, Spain, Jan 23, 2014 / 03:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Spanish university's canon law conference, the Vatican's head for doctrinal matters spoke this week about collegiality and unity in the Church, emphasizing their orientation to evangelization. The speech by Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, focused on Church structures and served as a commentary on Pope Francis' Nov. 24 apostolic exhortation “Evangelii … [Read more...]

Bishop and Vatican police save suicidal Italian woman

Rome, Italy, Jan 23, 2014 / 12:43 pm (CNA).- The swift reaction of Italy’s Bishop Rodolfo Cetoloni and the Vatican gendarmerie saved a 56-year-old Italian woman who was threatening to commit suicide. Officials from the Diocese of Grosseto confirmed to CNA that on Jan. 16 that the woman, whose identity has not been made public, called Grosseto’s Bishop Cetoloni on the phone and told him she wanted to take her own life. The woman traveled from her home in Scarlino, a town of … [Read more...]

Personal notes of Bl. John Paul II to be published in Polish

Krakow, Poland, Jan 23, 2014 / 11:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The private papers of Bl. John Paul II will be released in Polish next month in a book titled “I am so much in God’s hands. Personal records 1962-2003”, from the Krakow-based publisher Znak. The book, being published Feb. 5, contains meditations from two of the late Pope's notebooks, dating from between July 1962, when he was auxiliary bishop of Krakow, to March 2003, two years before his death, and in the 25th … [Read more...]


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