Bosnian school seeks to strengthen interethnic relations

Vatican City, Jun 20, 2014 / 06:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic school founded in Sarajevo, Bosnia during the country’s recent war has made it their goal to teach children to embrace ethnic differences, without letting them hinder interpersonal relations. “During such terrible times the Catholic Church opened and established the St. Joseph Catholic School Center just to show, not by empty words and proclamations, that it’s possible to cherish your own identity and at the … [Read more...]

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Ratzinger Prize honorees show intellectual vitality, cardinal says

Vatican City, Jun 20, 2014 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Camillo Ruini praised Tuesday the two winners of the 2014 Ratzinger Prize for their academic accomplishments and their commitment to the faith. At a June 17 press conference announcing the prizes, the vicar general emeritus of the Diocese of Rome, said scripture professor Anne-Marie Pelletier is a person of “great importance” in French Catholicism today, saying she “brings together an earned scientific prestige … [Read more...]

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Vatican theologians acknowledge Archbishop Sheen miracle

Vatican City, Jun 19, 2014 / 11:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Beloved media personality Archbishop Fulton Sheen is one step closer to beatification after a panel of Vatican theologians unanimously recognized the miraculous recovery of a stillborn baby attributed to Sheen’s intercession. The Diocese of Peoria said June 17 that its bishop, Daniel Jenky, was informed of the decision by the seven-member theological commission that advises the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. A medical … [Read more...]

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Vatican releases itinerary for Pope’s visit to Korea

Vatican City, Jun 19, 2014 / 09:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See has officially announced what Pope Francis’ schedule will be while in South Korea later this summer, during which he is slated to meet with Asian youth and beatify 124 Korean martyrs. Announced by the Vatican in March, the Pope’s Aug. 13 – 18 trip follows an invitation from the president of the Korean Republic, Park Geun-hye, and the bishops of Korea. Following the motto “Rise Korea, clothe … [Read more...]

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Violence stems from evil in society, cardinal observes

Vatican City, Jun 19, 2014 / 06:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a recent conference discussing interreligious violence Cardinal George Alencherry of India explained that although motivations driving violent acts are diverse, they are always rooted in evil. “Violence is really coming from an evil inspiration, and this evil inspiration can come from any kind of phenomenon that happens in society,” the cardinal explained to CNA June 17. Cardinal Alencherry is the Major Archbishop … [Read more...]

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The Church is a family formed by God, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2014 / 10:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis stressed the familial nature of the Church at his Wednesday General Audience, emphasizing God’s desire to form a people through fatherly love. “To speak of the Church is to speak of our mother, of our family,” he said to those gathered in St. Peter’s Square June 18. He said the Church is not a private association or an NGO, and neither is the Church restricted to bishops, priests, and the … [Read more...]

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Shame of ongoing violence must stop, Jordanian priest affirms

Vatican City, Jun 17, 2014 / 05:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The spokesman for the Catholic Church in Amman, Jordan, has decried the continuous bloodshed in the Middle East, expressing his fear that refugees will develop an attitude of hatred and revenge.“The main point I think is to stop the bloodshed, and then I think we will start to talk about the re-construction of Syria, the re-construction of Iraq, but we have to stop the bloodshed,” Fr. Rif’at Bader told CNA June … [Read more...]

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