Slain Syrian priest remembered at Mass in Rome

Rome, Italy, Jul 3, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA).- Father Francois Mourad, a monk killed last week in the ongoing violence in Syria, is being prayed for and remembered at a Mass in Rome on July 4.The Mass, to be said by Bishop Matteo M. Zuppi, an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Rome, will also intercede for peace in Syria. Bishop Zuppi will say the Mass on Thursday evening at the parish of Saints Fabian and Venancio.After the Mass, Fr. Ibrahim Alsabagh, a Franciscan of the Custody of the Holy … [Read more...]

Online video highlights Pope Francis’ vocational path

Rome, Italy, Jul 2, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- A new animated video in 15 different languages is helping Catholics and non-Catholics learn more about Pope Francis in a simple way.Entitled “Meet Pope Francis (in 4 minutes),” the video is posted on the website Catholic Link and recounts the Holy Father’s journey through the roles of priest, bishop, cardinal and Pope.It stresses his humility and simplicity, choosing to live in a small apartment, cooking his own meals and riding … [Read more...]

Ignoring human nature harms marriage, says cardinal

Rome, Italy, Jul 1, 2013 / 03:42 pm (CNA).- After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, an Italian cardinal said that recognizing gay unions as “marriages” ignores nature and may yield effects that cannot be entirely anticipated.“The fundamental structures of our existence would be overturned, with the destructive effects that we can imagine, but not entirely foresee,” Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar general emeritus of the Diocese of … [Read more...]

Group celebrates first ordinations since reunion with Rome

Rome, Italy, Jun 29, 2013 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For the first time since coming into clear union with the Pope, the religious institute the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer celebrated the priestly ordination of two of its members on June 22. Father Magdala Maria and Father Yousef Marie were ordained alongside Fr. Massimo Botta of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter by Archbishop Guido Pozzo, head of the Office of Papal Charities, in Rome. Both orders are dedicated to celebrating … [Read more...]

Fetuses may feel pain as early as 20 weeks, doctor clarifies

Siena, Italy, Jun 27, 2013 / 01:34 pm (CNA).- An Italian doctor has clarified that fetuses may be capable of feeling pain and pleasure as early as 20 weeks after their conception, after a June 19 article in Time may have led some to believe otherwise.The Time article quoted a paper co-authored by Carlo Bellieni, from the department of pediatrics, obstetrics and reproductive medicine at the University Hospital of Siena, which says there is “consistent evidence of the possibility for the … [Read more...]

Facing risk of death, Syrian priests remain faithful

Rome, Italy, Jun 26, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As civil war rages in Syria, priests are choosing to stay with their people and continue pastoring them, even as a monk was killed during a raid on a monastery in the north of the country on June 23. Father Francois Mourad died at the Franciscan monastery of Saint Anthony of Padua in a village near Jisr Ash-Shughur. The town had been under attack by Islamist rebels for a few weeks, and local Christians sought refuge in the … [Read more...]

Toddler’s encounter with Pope ‘unforgettable,’ dad says

Rome, Italy, Jun 26, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The two year-old daughter of a Catholic News Agency bureau chief shared a brief but intimate greeting with Pope Francis on Sunday, leaving the girl and her father all smiles. “She was right at home with the Holy Father,” Alan Holdren, the head of CNA's Rome bureau, said June 24. Isabel accompanied Holdren who was covering a special trip for disadvantaged children organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture and … [Read more...]


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