Pope Francis takes to Twitter in appeal for Iraqi citizens

Vatican City, Aug 11, 2014 / 05:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Since Friday Pope Francis has been tweeting three times a day asking faithful and parishes to pray and offer material support for those affected by violence in Iraq. “I ask all men and women of goodwill to join me in praying for Iraqi Christians and all vulnerable populations,” the first tweet from the Roman Pontiff read on Aug. 8. Going from a sporadic tweet every two to three days this summer to a seemingly … [Read more...]

In Korea, Pope Francis to visit cemetery for aborted babies

Vatican City, Aug 10, 2014 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his upcoming trip to South Korea, Pope Francis will pray for the unborn at the “Cemetery for Aborted Children” as part of his visit to the Kkottoghnae Home for the sick. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi also noted in an Aug. 8 press conference that the Pope will deliver his addresses in English and will follow local customs such as removing his shoes before entering certain places. The Kkttongnae Home … [Read more...]

Pope appeals for peace in Iraq, Gaza during Sunday angelus

Vatican City, Aug 10, 2014 / 06:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After leading faithful in the Marian prayer, Pope Francis again urged prayers and international help for the current conflict in Iraq and Gaza, revealing that his personal envoy to Iraq will leave Monday. “Dear brothers and sisters: The news reports coming from Iraq leave us in dismay and disbelief: thousands of people, including many Christians, driven from their homes in a brutal manner,” the pontiff stated during his Aug. … [Read more...]

New Iraqi envoy shows Pope’s desire for key diplomatic role

Vatican City, Aug 9, 2014 / 06:01 am (CNA).- Pope Francis' appointment Friday of a special envoy to Iraq demonstrates his desire that diplomacy have an impact for the persecuted minorities, particularly Christians, suffering as a result of the establishment of the Islamic State. The Vatican announced Aug. 8 that Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, was appointed Pope Francis' “personal envoy” to Iraq, “to express … [Read more...]

Obama authorizes Iraq airstrikes to prevent religious genocide

Vatican City, Aug 8, 2014 / 10:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Late Thursday night the Obama administration announced that it has launched a military and humanitarian operation to protect both U.S. personnel and Iraqi civilians against ISIS attacks. “At the request of the Iraqi government we have begun efforts to help save Iraqi civilians stranded on the mountain,” President Obama stated in an Aug. 7 address to the nation. “As ISIS has marched across Iraq it has launched a … [Read more...]

Pope Francis appoints personal envoy to Iraq

Vatican City, Aug 8, 2014 / 07:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Responding to the increasingly dramatic situation of Christians in Iraq following the expansion of ISIS forces to the plain of Nineveh, Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Fernando Filoni as his personal envoy. “In light of the grave situation in Iraq, the Holy Father has nominated Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of peoples, as his personal envoy to express his spiritual closeness to the … [Read more...]

Church on front line against Ebola outbreak, official says

Vatican City, Aug 8, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church plays a fundamental role in responding to the worst outbreak of Ebola infections in history, a Holy See collaborator has explained. “The Catholic Church manages health facilities, and so it will be able to care for Ebola-affected people whenever the structures have the capacity to keep the infected people in isolation,” Monsignor Robert J. Vitillo told CNA. Msgr. Vitillo is special advisor to the … [Read more...]