Opus Dei to display remains of Bishop del Portillo after beatification

Rome, Italy, Jul 1, 2014 / 12:23 pm (CNA).- The Opus Dei press office announced that the remains of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the first successor to St. Josemaria Escriva, will be put on display September 29 to October 2 at the Basilica of St. Eugene in Rome. On June 23, the beatification organizing committee released the schedule of events for the beatification of Bishop del Portillo, which is set for September 27. Although the ceremony will take place in Madrid, commemorative acts will … [Read more...]

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The story of Father McGivney, extraordinary priest

Rome, Italy, Jun 28, 2014 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new Italian edition of a book about the life of Father Michael McGivney tells the story of his extraordinary life as a parish priest, the inspiration that led him to found the Knights of Columbus, and the chronicle of his ongoing canonization process. “In reading this book, it will be clear that Father McGivney isn't only a model for American priests, but for all priests as well,” Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the … [Read more...]

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Catholic site aims to engage through beauty, accessibility

Rome, Italy, Jun 25, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA).- The U.K.-based Faith movement has just launched a new interactive website aimed at giving Catholics the tools for evangelization in an accessible, attractive format. “What the Faith movement does well is allow you to see the coherence of the Catholic faith,” said Middlesbrough seminarian Ryan Day, who helped with the development of the site. “The great value of this new website is that it offers a way to explain, in an every … [Read more...]

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Bishop: government corruption a factor in Boko Haram violence

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jun 24, 2014 / 05:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishop of a northern Nigerian diocese said at a conference last week that among the factors which has led to violence by a radial Islamist group there is the government's corruption and lack of administration. “The grounds (Boko Haram) have against the Nigerian state are basically the same as ordinary Nigerians have about the persistence of corruption, the growing inequalities, the fact that the … [Read more...]

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AP issues massive correction on Ireland child burial story

Dublin, Ireland, Jun 24, 2014 / 12:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Associated Press has retracted key claims from its reports of an Irish Catholic home for unwed mothers supposedly burying hundreds of unbaptized infants in a septic tank. A correction issued June 20 explained that “the AP quoted a researcher who said she believed that most of the remains of children who died there were interred in a disused septic tank; the researcher has since clarified that without excavation and forensic … [Read more...]

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Church must reclaim its missionary identity, Italian priest says

Milan, Italy, Jun 24, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As “Ad Gentes,” the only Italian magazine dedicated to the foreign missions, suspended publication last week due to a lack of subscribers, a priest has emphasized the Church's need to embrace its missionary ideals. “We should be enthusiastic for Jesus Christ, who gave us the vocation of being missionary … we should turn back to Christ in order to bring the mission back to people,” Fr. Piero Gheddo, a … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis stops car to bless young disabled woman

Rome, Italy, Jun 23, 2014 / 10:19 am (CNA).- During his June 21 pastoral visit to the region of Calabria in southern Italy, Pope Francis stopped the car that was transporting him to see a young disabled woman and her family on the side of the road. A video posted online by a family in the southern Italian region of Calabria depicts the encounter with the Holy Father. The Pope passed by the highway near the family’s house as he returned from Cassano allo Jonio, where he spoke out … [Read more...]

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