Funeral for Germanwings crash victims held in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain, May 3, 2015 / 04:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Barcelona’s famous Sagrada Familia Basilica hosted a funeral for the 150 passengers of the Germanwings flight that crashed into the French Alps in March. Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach of Barcelona presided over the April 27 ceremony. During his homily, Cardinal Sistach told the families of crash victims “we all carry your sorrow and your prayers in our heart.” He also said “we have to have courage to live … [Read more...]

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A crisis in the German church? Synod questionnaire would suggest so

Vatican City, May 2, 2015 / 05:44 pm (CNA).- The Synod of Bishops began receiving in April responses to a questionnaire that had been sent to dioceses the world over in preparation for October's Synod on the Family. The results from Germany indicate that most Catholics there hope for an openness to divorce and remarriage, as well as homosexual acts. The synthesis of responses from Catholics in Germany was released by the nation's bishops conference on April 16. The 17-page document, … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis celebrates Junipero Serra – a ‘founding father’ of the US

Rome, Italy, May 2, 2015 / 09:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis marked a “day of reflection” for the soon-to-be canonized Junípero Serra by celebrating Mass at the Pontifical North American College, lauding the 18th century missionary who worked to defend the native people against the abuses of colonialism. “He was one of the founding fathers of the United States, a saintly example of the Church’s universality and special patron of the Hispanic people of the … [Read more...]

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‘I find God in suffering’: The gripping life and death of Kayla Mueller

Madrid, Spain, May 1, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Kayla Mueller, the young human rights activist who was killed earlier this year while being held hostage by ISIS, was a woman of faith with a heart full of compassion toward those who suffered, her parents say. Now, they intend to carry on her legacy of service to others. “Some people find God in Church, some people find God in nature, some people find God in love, I find God in suffering,” Kayla’s mother, Marsha Mueller told CNA April 18, … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis planning to visit Fatima in 2017, local bishop announces

Fatima, Portugal, Apr 30, 2015 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In 2017, Pope Francis plans to travel to Fatima, said Bishop António Augusto dos Santos Marto of Leiria-Fátima in a statement after meeting with the Holy Father. The occasion for the visit would be the 100-year anniversary of Mary’s appearing to three shepherd children at Fatima. No travel dates to the Portuguese shrine have been set, but the country is already preparing for the celebration of the centenary of … [Read more...]

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Beauty will save the world – Gaudi’s basilica inspires conversions

Barcelona, Spain, Apr 30, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Though the renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi died nearly 90 years ago and his best-known work remains under construction, the beauty of the Sagrada Familia basilica continues to draw people to Christ. “Almost nothing leads us to the divine, but then people go there,” said José Manuel Almuzara Pérez, reflecting on the awe inspired in those who visit the Sagrada Familia. Almuzara told CNA April 18 … [Read more...]

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Pope’s encyclical could have huge weigh-in on climate change talks

Rome, Italy, Apr 29, 2015 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With experts and global leaders looking to Pope Francis as a moral compass, his upcoming encyclical on the environment could set a key ethical framework for discussion and policies surrounding the topic. “We look to Pope Francis as a great moral leader for all humanity, all people here from every walk of life and every religion. His encyclical will make a huge difference. It's being expected around the world with great … [Read more...]

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