Nigerian archbishop calls for government rescue of schoolgirls

Vatican City, Jul 14, 2014 / 05:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid government reports that the nearly 200 girls kidnapped in Chibok could be home soon, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama has called the country’s leaders to follow through with their promises. “At the conclusion of the National Council of States Meeting…there was news that it will just be a matter of time before the girls are released,” Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama told CNA July 11. “That is good news, … [Read more...]

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Vatican dismisses Italian news report on papal interview

Vatican City, Jul 13, 2014 / 05:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican spokesperson said that the Pope’s words as reported in the Italian newspaper “La Repubblica” cannot be considered with certainty to be Pope Francis’ actual words. Fr. Federico Lombardi of the Holy See Press Office questioned whether there is an “explicit acknowledgment” in the interview of “a manipulation of naive readers.” On July 13, “La Repubblica” published an … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis prays for peace during Angelus

Vatican City, Jul 13, 2014 / 07:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis prayed for peace in the Holy Land on Sunday, asking participants to join him in a moment of silent prayer. “I extend a heartfelt appeal to all of you to continue to pray earnestly for peace in the Holy Land, in light of the tragic events of recent days,” the Roman Pontiff said after his July 13 weekly Angelus address. Recalling the June 8 invocation for peace with the Israeli and Palestinian presidents, the … [Read more...]

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Vatican media committee appointed to bring Church into digital era

Vatican City, Jul 13, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The appointment of a committee to propose reforms for the Vatican media raises expectations for a substantial renewal of the Vatican media branch, bringing it ever more toward the digital age. The 11 people appointed for the committee are entrusted with drafting a reform plan within the next months, with the goal of adapting Holy See media to changing media consumption trends, enhancing coordination, and achieving substantial financial … [Read more...]

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Caritas leader: ‘The whole Middle East is at stake’

Vatican City, Jul 11, 2014 / 09:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The secretary-general for Caritas International has voiced his concern over the lack of aid being provided to those suffering from conflicts, urging the faithful to get involved and break the “cycle of indifference.” “It’s difficult to raise funds for the whole Middle East. For Syria there’s a lot to be done inside and outside with refugees, what is happening right now with Israel and Palestine again, will … [Read more...]

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Vatican’s new UN observer to face key challenges

Vatican City, Jul 11, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza, the new head of the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, served on the front lines in response to Haiti’s disastrous 2010 earthquake. Now he will have to tackle key international issues like restricting the proliferation of nuclear weapons.   Archbishop Auza, 55, hails from the Philippines and is a former nuncio to Haiti. He is the first Filipino to lead the … [Read more...]

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Indian bishop-elect aims to show God’s love to new flock

Vatican City, Jul 10, 2014 / 08:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Theodore Mascarenhas, who was appointed Wednesday to be an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Ranchi in India's eastern state of Jharkhand, has voiced his enthusiasm for the task. “I would like to be what Pope Francis asks us to be: a pastor who feels the smell of the sheep, who has the sheep close to him,” Fr. Mascarenhas told CNA July 10, the day following his appointment, expressing his desire to follow in the … [Read more...]

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