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...]

Former Vatican accountant faces further corruption charges

Rome, Italy, Jan 23, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An arrested priest who formerly served as an accountant in the Vatican now faces charges he falsely solicited donations, laundered them through the 'Vatican bank', and put them to his personal use. The Italian legal charges concern Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, who worked for the Vatican department known as the Administration for the Patrimony of the Holy See. His former department manages the Holy See’s investments. On Jan. … [Read more...]

Vatican to appeal for reconciliation at Syrian peace conference

Geneva, Switzerland, Jan 21, 2014 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' continual focus on the Syrian civil war will contribute to the Holy See playing a key role at the “Geneva II” international peace conference, due to start tomorrow, Jan. 22. The Geneva II meeting aims at a political settlement to the Syrian conflict, providing for a transitional government in the country which has been mired in conflict since March, 2011. The conference will include representatives of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis visits Roman parish serving homeless, poor

Rome, Italy, Jan 20, 2014 / 12:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis, the Bishop of Rome, made a pastoral visit to one of his parishes Sunday, choosing one situated in an area filled with migrants, refugees, homeless persons, and itinerants. During his Jan. 19 visit to Sacred Heart of Jesus at the Praetorian Barracks, Pope Francis said Mass in the evening and met with members of the parish, including the homeless who live near Rome’s large Termini train station. While located in … [Read more...]


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