Holy See testimony on torture a UN treaty obligation, spokesman notes

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See's press officer said Tuesday that its report on an anti-torture agreement which will be made to the U.N. next month is routine, and a part of its obligations as a signatory to the treaty. “It is a standard procedure adhered to by all States party to the Convention” against Torture, Fr. Federico Lombardi said April 15. “Considering the types of obligations included in the Convention, the Holy See signed … [Read more...]

Pope Francis will give Gospels to the imprisoned for Holy Week

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2014 / 10:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See announced earlier today that those incarcerated at the Roman prison “Regina Coeli” will receive a pocket-sized copy of the Gospels as a gift from Pope Francis for Easter. According to the Vatican’s announcement, 1200 copies of the small Gospels will be delivered to the “Regina Coeli” prison on Wednesday of Holy Week, the day before the Easter Triduum begins. It is the same copy that the Pope … [Read more...]

‘I can’t leave my people’: Priest killed in Syria hailed as martyr

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2014 / 07:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Days after Dutch priest Fr. Frans van der Lugt S.J. was murdered in Syria, a close young friend recalled his saintly life, noting both his personal holiness and extraordinary advances in Christian-Muslim relations. Wael Salibi, 26, recalled how when the Christian area in Homs was taken over by rebels, 66,000 of the faithful "left their home, and just few of them stayed there. He was the only priest, he stayed in his … [Read more...]

John XXIII and the beginning of the fall of the Iron Curtain

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While Pope, Bl. John XXIII began a dialogue with the Soviet Union that led to the eventual fall of the Iron Curtain during the pontificate of his successor John Paul II, both of whom will be canonized April 27. In 1961, the birthday of “Good Pope John” became the occasion for the first communication between the Soviet Union and the Vatican since the October Revolution of 1917. Semen Kozyrev, the Soviet ambassador to Italy, … [Read more...]

Pope expresses solidarity, comfort for fire victims in Chile

Vatican City, Apr 14, 2014 / 07:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis voiced his spiritual closeness to all those affected by the fire in Valparaíso, Chile, that so far has left 12 dead and has destroyed some 2,000 homes. A telegram sent by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin to Bishop Gonzalo Duarte García de Cortázar of Valparaíso explained that the Pope is “offering prayers for the deceased in this grave disaster, and at the same time share … [Read more...]

Blossoming religious order in France sees global impact

Vatican City, Apr 14, 2014 / 10:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A missionary order founded in the middle Ages in France is sending their burgeoning number of vocations from Asia and especially South Korea to evangelize countries throughout the world. “Our congregation has about 4,200 sisters, and we are serving 37 countries and we will expand 3 countries more this year” Mother Maria Goretti Lee, Superior of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, told CNA on March 18. “We send … [Read more...]

Greatest fruit of WYD has been vocations, organizer says

Vatican City, Apr 14, 2014 / 05:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a recent gathering discussing preparations for World Youth Day in Krakow, a coordinator for the event emphasized how each year many youths receive the courage to answer their vocational call. “Year after year, the first thing we’ve seen is vocations. There are a lot of people who feel the call to serve the Church at this gathering,” Paul Jarzembowski expressed during an April 10 interview with CNA. “Perhaps … [Read more...]


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