New encyclical to clarify poverty vows, cardinal says

Rome, Italy, Sep 5, 2013 / 04:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new encyclical that is being written by Pope Francis will help address how to live out a vow of poverty in the modern world, according to one cardinal.“How to define poverty is not easy today because it’s not a question of radical poverty,” Cardinal Prosper Grech, an Augustinian friar, told CNA Sept. 3, “but an encyclical on poverty will help all religious orders to define how to really live poverty in our … [Read more...]

Coca Cola Spain faces boycott over TV ads, Twitter comments

Madrid, Spain, Sep 5, 2013 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After slamming critics of its decision to sponsor a reality TV show featuring objectionable content, Coca Cola Spain is facing boycotts of the company's products throughout the Spanish-speaking world.The Madrid-based religious liberty organization Hazteoir.org recently launched a public opinion campaign to call on major businesses to withdraw their ads from the reality show “Summer Camp,” a Spanish version of … [Read more...]

German raid on home-schooling family draws condemnation

Frankfurt, Germany, Sep 4, 2013 / 04:08 am (CNA).- German officials’ seizure of four home-schooled children last week prompted strong objections from American home-schooling advocates who say the country’s ban on the educational practice violates human rights.“The right to home-school is a human right,” Mike Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, said Aug. 30. “Germany has grossly violated these rights of this family.”On … [Read more...]

Cardinal Bertone says time as Secretary of State was positive

Rome, Italy, Sep 3, 2013 / 04:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has offered a positive assessment of his nearly seven year-long tenure as Vatican Secretary of State, which will come to an end this October.According to L’Osservatore Romano, the cardinal spoke to reporters after a recent Mass in Sicily to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the miraculous image of Our Lady of Tears. “Cardinal Bertone wished to remember and underscore the important foundations … [Read more...]

Students of Benedict XVI gather for Mass, annual dialogue

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Sep 3, 2013 / 02:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Former students of Benedict XVI met for the first time without him this year for their annual “Schülerkreis” discussions, although they were able to see the former Pope briefly for Mass.“He has a great sense of humor and we loved to be with him,” said Father Vincent Twomey told CNA on Sept. 1. “He has a great sense of joy and he loves to be with his students.”The Schülerkreis is a … [Read more...]

Augustinian order to focus on evangelizing Europe, youth

Rome, Italy, Aug 30, 2013 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Augustinian order is working on devising ways to evangelize secularized Europe and young people during the next few years, said members at the group’s meeting in Rome.“Since we’re spread out in many different countries with many different governmental organizations, it’s important for us to stress our unity and the way we want to work together and present ourselves to the wider Church,” explained the … [Read more...]

Spanish religious sister remembered for devotion to immigrants

Barcelona, Spain, Aug 29, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Franciscan Sister Teresa Losada, known in Spain as “the nun of the immigrants,” died Aug. 25 at the age of 70 in the town of San Vicente dels Horts after a long battle with cancer.Mayor Oriol Junqueras of San Vicente dels Horts was among the hundreds who attended her funeral Mass. He said Sister Teresa’s life and work were “filled with values, wisdom, generosity and humility.”The town of San Vicente … [Read more...]


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