Archbishop Kurtz sees ‘great thirst’ for Christ in US

Rome, Italy, Feb 25, 2014 / 04:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, says he has witnessed a strong desire for the Catholic Church among people in the United States. “There are so many opportunities where people are thirsting: young people who are preparing for Confirmation, young adults who are searching, people of every age,” Archbishop Kurtz said. “There’s a great thirst, I think, of … [Read more...]

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Pope’s one-time teacher to write for Italian Jesuit publication

Rome, Italy, Feb 22, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Juan Carlos Scannone, who taught Pope Francis during his formation period, will be among the writers of La Civilta Cattolica, an Italian cultural journal of the Society of Jesus.  “Scannone will be a sort of ‘writer in residence’,” Fr. Antonio Spadaro, editor-in-chief of La Civilta Cattolica, explained to CNA Feb. 21. “He will keep all his international engagements … and at the same time he … [Read more...]

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Catholic campus in Ukraine mourns lecturer killed in protests

Lviv, Ukraine, Feb 21, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ukrainian Catholic University, located in the far-western city of Lviv, is lamenting the death of one of its lecturers who was killed Feb. 20 during anti-government protests in Kyiv. Bohdan Solchanyk, who was 29, lectured on modern history at the university and was killed at Independence Square in the Ukrainian capital during protests that have been ongoing since November. “I really appreciated Bohdan as a creative young … [Read more...]

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Catholic patriarch condemns deadly violence in Ukraine

Kiev, Ukraine, Feb 20, 2014 / 03:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Ukrainian Greek Catholic patriarch decried the deadly conflict between the government and protesters, calling for prayer and fasting amid increasing tensions. Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk on Feb. 20 said the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church condemns “all incitements to violence, because they are contrary to God’s law and to the truths of the Gospel.” “No one can make decisions about sacrificing human … [Read more...]

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Court urged to not impose marriage redefinition in Italy

Strasbourg, France, Feb 18, 2014 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The legal group Alliance Defending Freedom is asking the European Court of Human Rights not to impose a redefinition of marriage on Italy, which recognizes the unique roles of mothers and fathers for children. “The people of Italy recognize that men and women bring distinct, irreplaceable gifts to family life, especially for children who deserve both a mom and a dad,” Roger Kiska, senior legal counsel with Alliance … [Read more...]

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Spain’s pro-life bill hailed as growing European trend

Madrid, Spain, Feb 17, 2014 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new bill in Spain to re-establish limits on abortion and assert the state's right to protect unborn children is a step forward in the larger pro-life movement growing across the continent, a European legal expert says. “One of the goals of the Spanish bill was to create debate” said Grégor Puppinck, director of the European Centre for Law and Justice. “The debate about abortion is all across … [Read more...]

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Examine your conscience well, Pope tells Roman parishioners

Rome, Italy, Feb 16, 2014 / 01:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While making a pastoral visit to Rome's St. Thomas the Apostle parish today, Pope Francis emphasized to the community the importance of making a good examination of conscience. As Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis said the evening Mass at the parish Feb. 16 to mark the 50th anniversary of its dedication. St. Thomas the Apostle is located on Rome's southern periphery, near Ostia. Nearly 400 parishioners filled the church, while others … [Read more...]

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