True Christians aren’t elitist – they generate life, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 17, 2014 / 06:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke on what it means to evangelize, calling it apostolic work born of an encounter with Christ rather than lifeless efforts from the self-appointed “elect.” He also asked for prayers for his upcoming trip to Albania on Sept. 21, saying that his choice to visit the country was because of the suffering endured on account of “a terrible atheist regime and is now realizing … [Read more...]

Christ Our Life conferences a ‘shot of holy adrenaline’

Des Moines, Iowa, Sep 17, 2014 / 04:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy Spirit's inspiration can strike at the most unexpected times - like while running on a treadmill. That's when Ellen Miller felt called to create the first regional Catholic conference for Iowa in 2010, the “Christ Our Life” conference. She ran the idea by her friend Marilyn Lane, who had felt similar promptings, and the two now co-chair the bi-annual weekend that serves as a “shot of holy … [Read more...]

US bishops praise continuing Civil Rights movement

Washington D.C., Sep 17, 2014 / 02:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was “a monumental step forward” for human dignity, but continued work is necessary to fight the “destructive influence of racism,” said the head of the U.S. bishops’ conference. “As America celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 this year, I join together with my brother bishops in recalling the heroic history of that achievement,” … [Read more...]

US bishops praise continuing Civil Rights movement

Washington D.C., Sep 17, 2014 / 02:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was “a monumental step forward” for human dignity, but continued work is necessary to fight the “destructive influence of racism,” said the head of the U.S. bishops’ conference. “As America celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 this year, I join together with my brother bishops in recalling the heroic history of that achievement,” … [Read more...]

Pope’s Albania visit will draw from past, look to future

Vatican City, Sep 16, 2014 / 08:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ upcoming Albanian visit will highlight Mother Teresa, honor the martyrs of Albania’s atheistic past, and suggest the country’s potential as a model for religious coexistence. Holy See Press Office director Father Federico Lombardi, S.J. discussed the motives for Pope Francis’ Sept. 21 trip in a press briefing Tuesday. The Albanian-born Blessed Mother Teresa will be an important figure for Pope … [Read more...]

Defense of all persecuted believers highlighted at DC summit

Washington D.C., Sep 16, 2014 / 06:45 pm (CNA).- Support of religious freedom for all those being persecuted was reiterated at a conference in the nation’s capital following outcry over comments made by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.). Joseph Cella, spokesman for In Defense of Christians, told CNA that Cruz’s statement “actually united the parties, enhanced the dialogue, and further strengthened their resolve to protect Christians and others who are persecuted for their faith … [Read more...]

Cuban Church to focus on evangelization in new pastoral plan

Havana, Cuba, Sep 16, 2014 / 03:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in Cuba recently unveiled its pastoral plan for 2014-2020, which will encourage the faithful to engage in evangelization and respond to the call of Pope Francis.   Entitled “On the Road to Emmaus,” the plan offers a three-part reflection on the social and political reality and on the Church in the country. The first part invites the faithful “to look beyond sociological aspects and at the life of our … [Read more...]


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