Iceland’s new bishop inherits a turbulent, fascinating Catholic history

Vatican City, Sep 19, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced Friday that Pope Francis has appointed Fr. David Tencer, O.F.M. Cap., as bishop of Reykjavik, Iceland. Born in Nova Bana, Slovakia in 1963, Bishop-elect Fr. Tencer was ordained a priest in 1986 and transferred to Iceland in 2004, where he served as the vicar of Stella Maris in Reykjavik, and is currently pastor of the parish of St. Þórlákur (Thorlak) in Reyðarfjörður. He succeeds … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis cites the core of evangelization: a heart on fire for God

Vatican City, Sep 19, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis exhorted consecrated religious on Thursday to take part in an evangelization which “burns in the heart,” cautioning against gossip and narcissism as prominent dangers of consecrated life. The Pope explained: “to evangelize is not only to convince, it's to give witness that Jesus Christ is alive. And how do I give you this witness? With your flesh, with your life.” While it is good to study and … [Read more...]

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Vatican parish welcomes first refugee family following Pope’s appeal

Vatican City, Sep 18, 2015 / 11:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A family of four has been welcomed by the community of the Vatican's St. Anne parish after Pope Francis' made an appeal earlier this month for every church in Europe open their doors to refugees. Papal Almoner Bishop Konrad Krajewski issued a Sept. 18 statement that the family – a father, mother and two children – have already been received. Syrian Christians of Catholic Greek-Melkite rite, the family fled their … [Read more...]

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No one can play dumb on what’s happening in the Middle East, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 18, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While the international community can't seem to find solutions to the current crisis ravaging the Middle East, thanks to the media it's caught the world's attention and can't be ignored, Pope Francis said. He referred to the “overwhelming human tragedies” taking place in Iraq and Syria as a result of ongoing conflicts, which have caused millions to flee their homes. The Pope's words were addressed to … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis will arrive to Cuba as a ‘missionary of mercy’

Vatican City, Sep 18, 2015 / 04:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the eve of his arrival to Cuba Pope Francis sent a video message to the small island nation, expressing his desire to be a witness of God’s mercy in the country, and to encourage locals to do the same. “I want to be among you as a missionary of mercy, of the tenderness of God, but allow me also to encourage you to be missionaries of this infinite love of God,” the Pope said in his message. Broadcast Sept. 17, the … [Read more...]

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The story of Japan’s hidden Christians emerges from the Vatican archives

Vatican City, Sep 17, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Collected by a Salesian missionary to Japan in the early 20th century, letters and documents showing the history of Christians in the land of the rising sun have been recently restored by the Vatican archives and library. The collection conveys the story of the persecution of Christians in Japan, a story that Pope Francis has often recalled when speaking of the "hidden Christians" who knew how to keep and pass on the faith in a … [Read more...]

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Francis: Sex workers, abandoned children are a result of our indifference

Vatican City, Sep 17, 2015 / 07:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday Pope Francis said that abandoned children and exploited sex workers forced to live on the street are a “shameful reality” in modern society, and encouraged efforts to find more concrete ways to help them. “(These) sad realities…are the result of indifference, poverty, family and social violence, and human trafficking,” the Pope said Sept. 17. “They involve the pain of marital … [Read more...]

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