‘Romeo and Juliet of Sarajevo’ highlight pain of loss in Bosnian War

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jun 5, 2015 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When Pope Francis visits Bosnia and Herzegovina tomorrow, he will be visiting a country still devastated by the three-year Bosnian War that took place in the early 1990s. An estimated 100,000 people were killed in the conflict. Twenty years later, reminders of the violence are everywhere – even the route that Pope Francis will take from the Sarajevo international airport to the presidential palace is known as … [Read more...]

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Justice, peace and equality: Sarajevo’s hopes for papal visit

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jun 5, 2015 / 04:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit to Sarajevo could be an opportunity to advance peace, equality, and justice for Bosnia and Herzegovina, despite a declining Catholic population whose refugees have still not returned home. “It is time for world leaders to make a just peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” Cardinal Vinko Puljic of Sarajevo told CNA April 7. “I do not expect a miracle from the Pope’s visit. … [Read more...]

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Pope leads Rome’s Corpus Christi procession on behalf of persecuted Christians

Rome, Italy, Jun 4, 2015 / 02:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Persecuted Christians were remembered during Thursday's Corpus Christi procession in Rome, where Pope Francis told the thousands taking part to walk and pray in unity with those who cannot express their faith so openly. “Let us feel united with them: sing with them, give praise with them, worship with them,” the Roman Pontiff said in his homily for Mass said in the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran June 4, celebrated just … [Read more...]

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Why did most of the journalists at the ‘shadow council’ fail to report on it?

Rome, Italy, Jun 4, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Since only one quarter of the media representatives present at last week's closed-door meeting of German, French, and Swiss bishops have reported on the meeting, speculation has arisen in Rome that the group is preparing to launch a media blitz in favor of controversial changes to pastoral care for homosexuals and the divorced and remarried in the final weeks leading up to the Synod on the Family. On May 25, bishops from Germany, … [Read more...]

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Catholics voice hope that Pope Francis will build bridges in Bosnia

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jun 3, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will find a country still suffering from ethnic and religious suspicion when he visits Bosnia and Herzegovina this weekend, but some hope that his visit will help encourage unity. “Catholics have an obligation to be reaching out to their fellow countrymen,” Marc D’Silva, Catholic Relief Services’ representative to the country, told CNA June 3. Francis will visit Bosnia and … [Read more...]

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These monks are convinced: Gregorian chant will make your life better

Rome, Italy, Jun 3, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Benedictine Monks of Norcia spend their lives in prayer and labor – “ora et labora” – chanting the psalms and producing crafts to support themselves. This week, they also released an album meant to share their prayer with the world – music, they say, that has what your soul needs. “The monks spend hours every day chanting the Mass and the Divine Office. It’s part of the air we breathe. … [Read more...]

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How a baker in Northern Ireland is standing up for faith in the workplace

Belfast, UK, Jun 2, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After a legal ruling deemed a bakery in Northern Ireland to have discriminated against a gay customer, the bakery’s owners have decided to appeal the decision, hoping to promote the place of faith in the public square. Ashers Baking Company, a bakery owned by a Christian family located in County Antrim, was charged with discriminating against a gay customer who ordered a cake with a pro-gay marriage theme: the bakery had declined to … [Read more...]

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