Britain stands with persecuted Christians, prime minister affirms

London, England, Apr 8, 2015 / 12:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Easter is a perfect time to take note of all that Christianity has done for Great Britain and to support those persecuted for their faith, UK prime minister David Cameron said in his Easter message. “The church is not just a collection of beautiful old buildings,” Cameron said in an April 4 video message posted on Youtube. “It’s a living, active force doing great works right across our … [Read more...]

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For Bishop Davies, ‘British values’ come from human dignity, not politicians

Shrewsbury, England, Apr 7, 2015 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It is more important than ever for the British people to hear about Jesus Christ, who reveals the dignity and identity of every person, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury said in his Easter Sunday homily. “It is in the light of His Cross and Resurrection that we have long recognised what a human being is worth and what we should truly value in our lives,” he said April 5. Christianity has long been Britain’s … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, Good Friday shrouded in grief over persecuted Christians

Rome, Italy, Apr 3, 2015 / 03:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Both Pope Francis' Good Friday service at the Vatican and the Stations of the Cross held at the Colosseum later in the day zeroed-in on the plight of persecuted Christians around the world. “In you, Divine Love, we see again today our persecuted brethren: beheaded, crucified, for their faith in you, beneath our eyes, or often with our complicit silence,” he said in a brief reflection April 3 following the Way of the … [Read more...]

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A Medieval devotion alive and well for a handful of modern Romans

Rome, Italy, Apr 14, 2017 / 01:51 am (CNA).- In the hours after evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, a few pilgrims in Rome make their way to the Church of Saint Praxedes, home to a fragment of stone alleged to be the pillar upon which Jesus was scourged.Known as the Column of the Flagellation, the stone offers an object of contemplation for those visiting the church to reflect on Christ's Passion. This is especially true on Holy Thursday, when pilgrims traditionally go … [Read more...]

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In Ukraine, Churches confront fearsome suffering

Kyiv, Ukraine, Apr 2, 2015 / 04:10 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- Bishop Bronislaw Bernacki of Odessa-Simferopol was stunned by the Russian annexation of Crimea and the subsequent war in eastern Ukraine. “No one expected that another war would be carried out on European soil in this day and age,” the Roman Catholic prelate told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need in March. The annexation has literally ripped apart his diocese, which was only established … [Read more...]

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In open letter, 500 British priests ask Synod to stand firm on Church teaching

Westminster, England, Mar 30, 2015 / 04:54 pm (CNA).- In an unusual move, nearly 500 British priests signed an open letter urging the fathers of the upcoming Synod on the Family to issue a “clear and firm” proclamation of Church teaching on marriage and sexuality. The letter was published March 24 by the Catholic Herald and has already caused a stir in the local Church and the Catholic blogosphere. The priests, sensing confusion among the laity after last year’s synod, … [Read more...]

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A ‘wee movie with a big message’ for the people of Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland, Mar 29, 2015 / 02:35 am (CNA).- Scottish Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh is launching a new promo film across social media as he unveils his plans for the future of the Catholic Church in his part of Scotland.   “It’s a wee movie with a big message – bringing the joy of the Gospel to a contemporary Scottish society in desperate need of the healing love of Jesus Christ,” Archbishop Cushley said March 29.   The plans … [Read more...]

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