Twenty years after war, Bosnians working to reclaim first victim: trust

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jun 5, 2015 / 06:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A key Muslim figure in Bosnia said that “mutual trust” was the first victim of the country’s recent war – and is something each of their four main religious populations are still working to regain. In a June 4 interview with CNA, Ifet Mustafic stressed that “during (the) war, many bad things were done, and were even done from people with religious affiliations…now people are talking … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis pays for 120 of Rome’s poor to visit Shroud of Turin

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2015 / 11:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his latest act of papal charity, Pope Francis has donated funds for two busloads of homeless and sick pilgrims to visit the Shroud of Turin. They will stay in two charitable centers that offer shelter to the homeless during the winter. The trips will “prepare the way for the Pope’s visit which is scheduled to take place on June 21: his poor arrive before him,” the papal almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, told … [Read more...]

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War is the mother of poverty, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jun 3, 2015 / 03:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis lamented the suffering inflicted on families already struggling from poverty in countries torn by the “great predator” of war. “Truly, war is the 'mother of all poverty,' the pontiff said Wednesday, addressing the crowds in Saint Peter’s Square. “War impoverishes the family,” he said. It is “a great predator of lives, of souls, and of the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis wants Vatican liturgy chief to continue the work of Benedict XVI

Vatican City, Jun 3, 2015 / 01:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, revealed in a letter sent to a liturgical conference this week that when he was appointed to his post, Pope Francis indicated a desire to continue the liturgical work done by his predecessor as Bishop of Rome. “When the Holy Father, Pope Francis, asked me to accept the ministry of Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, I … [Read more...]

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Pope offers prayers for victims of China’s ferry disaster

Vatican City, Jun 3, 2015 / 10:32 am (CNA).- Pope Francis on Wednesday expressed his condolences to the people of China following a ferry capsizing earlier this week which claimed the lives of hundreds of people. “I wish to express my closeness to the Chinese people in these difficult moments after the ferry disaster in the Yangtze River,” the pontiff said Jun. 3 during his weekly general audience. “I pray for the victims, their families and for all involved in the rescue … [Read more...]

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‘Is anyone surprised?’ A Vatican response to the FIFA soccer scandal

Vatican City, Jun 2, 2015 / 04:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid the new soccer corruption scandal that has rocked the sports world, a Vatican official has called for different sectors of society to unite in encouraging sports that contribute authentically to bettering humanity. “Is anyone surprised by this news?” asked Monsignor Melchor Sanchez de Toca, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture and director of the council’s Culture and Sport Division. “Every … [Read more...]

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For upcoming Sarajevo visit, Pope Francis makes peace his mission statement

Vatican City, Jun 2, 2015 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis sent his greetings to the people of Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in a video message that emphasized the motto of his upcoming visit: “Peace be with you.” “They are the words with which the risen Jesus greeted his disciples when he appeared among them in the Upper Room, on the evening of Easter,” the Pope explained in a short video message on June 2. “It is he, the Lord, our … [Read more...]

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