Scottish archbishop credits God’s grace for healing process in diocese

Edinburgh, Scotland, Jan 13, 2015 / 05:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the 2013 resignation of Cardinal Keith O'Brien as Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, his successor acknowledges the healing process for the diocese is continuing by God’s grace, but will take time. “Time is a great healer, and that is certainly helping us. But there is also the grace of God assisting us in moving on from any difficulties we might have had in the past,” Archbishop Leo Cushley … [Read more...]

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For refugees, Spanish bishops propose ‘a Church without borders’

Albacete, Spain, Jan 13, 2015 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Spanish bishops have released a message for their nation's Day of the Immigrant and Refugee, which will be held Jan. 18, entitled "A Church without borders, a Mother for all." Bishop Ciriaco Benavente Mateos of Albacete told CNA, “Today there is much talk about borders, and sometimes immigration is seen almost as an attack, but the theme of the day sums up the spirit of a Church without borders, a Church that … [Read more...]

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How a crucifix restoration in Rome offers hope to the poor

Rome, Italy, Jan 11, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After receiving inspiration from an aged crucifix, Cardinal James Stafford commissioned it to be restored as a sign of compassion for Rome’s suffering poor and unemployed population. Cardinal Stafford told CNA Jan. 9 that the cross has been restored “out of a hermeneutics of compassion and to rediscover compassion, to help the poor rediscover the fact that there is a compassionate world (out) there.” The restoration … [Read more...]

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For Sri Lanka, Pope’s visit solidifies peace after brutal civil war

Rome, Italy, Jan 9, 2015 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Falling just five years after the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, Pope Francis’ visit to the country is seen as a sign of reconciliation, a message expected to be shown through his gestures more than his words. “We are going to have (Pope Francis) in an atmosphere in which we have finished a war – a civil war for 30 long years – and we are in need of a real process of reconciliation; spiritually, materially, … [Read more...]

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Haitian amputees lace-up soccer cleats on Roman sports field

Rome, Italy, Jan 9, 2015 / 04:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Five years after the island of Haiti was devastated by a massive earthquake, three young amputees will have the opportunity to play soccer in Rome through the help of the Knights of Columbus. Wilfrid Macena, Mackenson Pierre and Sandy J.L. Louiseme each lost a leg in the 2010 earthquake that tore through the island nation, and will be present in the Vatican for a Jan. 10 conference called by Pope Francis to observe the fifth anniversary of … [Read more...]

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Free braille Bibles help the blind poor around the world

London, England, Jan 8, 2015 / 02:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Close your eyes. Now try to go about your regular life without your vision. What challenges would you face at work? What about in your personal life? What about in your relationship with God? Of the 285 million people in the world with severe visual impairments, the majority live in developing countries with few opportunities for education or escaping poverty. That’s where United Bible Societies is hoping to make a … [Read more...]

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Vatican astronomers unlock the mysteries of the universeā€¦sort of

Rome, Italy, Jan 8, 2015 / 04:03 am (CNA).- Vatican astronomer Brother Guy Consolmagno was 30 years old and just starting his career as an astronomer when he faced a personal crisis. “I couldn’t justify my life,” he told CNA in a recent interview. “I said ‘Why am I doing astronomy when people are starving in the world?’” Br. Consolmagno promptly quit his job and joined the Peace Corp to “do something good for people.” But when he … [Read more...]

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