Interfaith leaders launch effort against human trafficking

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2014 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic, Anglican, and Muslim leaders have launched an anti-human trafficking network that hopes to eradicate the crime by 2020 through the mobilization of religious communities. “It’s not politically correct to call this modern slavery a crime against humanity, but we want to arrive at that in national and international law,” said Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the … [Read more...]

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Pope assures Ukrainian people of his solidarity, prayers

Vatican City, Mar 18, 2014 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a March 17 meeting with the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Pope Francis expressed the Holy See’s commitment to building peace amid the country’s political crisis. Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv-Halyc traveled to Rome for a private encounter with Vatican officials to discuss the political unrest in the country and Crimeans’ vote to join Russia. Crimea, a southern peninsula of Ukraine, … [Read more...]

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Vatican designates Kansas church as a minor basilica

Victoria, Kan., Mar 18, 2014 / 11:18 am (CNA).- Capuchin Father Jeff Ernst’s voice leapt with emotion when he heard the news: St. Fidelis Church would be named a minor basilica. “It’s exciting,” he said from his office at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Lawrence. “The state of Kansas doesn’t have any.” Bishop Edward Weisenburger received the news from the Vatican last week that the diocese’s application to name St. Fidelis a minor basilica … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis warns against the disguise of hypocrites

Vatican City, Mar 18, 2014 / 09:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis cautioned against those who appear to be holy but are in fact self-absorbed, explaining that Lent is a time a time of purification which allows us to grow closer to the Lord. “The sign that we are far from the Lord is hypocrisy. The hypocrite does not need the Lord, he is saved by himself – so he thinks – and he disguises himself as a saint,” the Pope observed in his March 18 daily … [Read more...]

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John XXIII a representation of goodness, cardinal recounts

Vatican City, Mar 18, 2014 / 07:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a recent interview, Cardinal Angelo Comastri reflected on scenes from the life of Pope John XXIII, revealing the pontiff’s deep spiritual nature, as well as his great kindness towards others. “If in John Paul II the key word is courage of the faith, in John XXIII the key word is the strength of goodness,” Cardinal Comastri told CNA in a March 10 interview. Cardinal Comastri is the President of the Fabric of … [Read more...]

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Concluding spiritual exercises, Pope calls for renewed focus on Christ

Vatican City, Mar 17, 2014 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Returning to the Vatican after a week of Lenten spiritual exercises, Pope Francis emphasized that we should not be discouraged by sin, but rather renew our commitment to following Christ. “We are all sinners but we want to follow Jesus,” the Holy Father said upon departing from the annual retreat for the Pope and members of the Curia. The retreat took place outside the Vatican for the first time this year; it was held in … [Read more...]

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Christian responsibility means to listen, Pope tells Roman church

Vatican City, Mar 17, 2014 / 09:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his visit to the Roman parish of Our Lady of Oration on Sunday, Pope Francis emphasized the necessity of listening to God, and encouraged attendees to make time every day to read the Bible. “What are the responsibilities of a Christian?” the Pope asked in his March 16 homily. “Maybe you tell me: go to Mass on Sundays, fast and abstain during Holy Week, do this...But the first responsibility of a Christian is … [Read more...]

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