Mercy, peace, joy to be focus of Courage apostolate’s 2016 conference

Washington D.C., May 3, 2016 / 10:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Courage apostolate to those with same-sex attraction will hold its 29th annual conference this July at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.“It’s our major event of our year to gather our Courage family together and just be renewed by fellowship with one another, by prayer in common, and by good speakers who revitalize our desire for holiness and for growing in friendship with the Lord,” Father … [Read more...]

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A pilgrimage for the poor to close out the Year of Mercy with Pope Francis

Vatican City, May 3, 2016 / 04:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thousands of poor and excluded men and women from across Europe will be given a once in a lifetime opportunity this November: a chance to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy in Rome with Pope Francis.Around 6,000 people will be sponsored for the Nov. 11-13 pilgrimage to Rome, according to a statement released Monday by the Fratello organization, a French group co-ordinating the event.“This time of pilgrimage and opportunity to meet … [Read more...]

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Nigerian bishop warns against embracing violence after attack by herdsmen

Nsukka, Nigeria, May 3, 2016 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While the Diocese of Nsukka in southeastern Nigeria is still searching for answers following the massacre of dozens of Christians, Bishop Godfrey Igwebuike Onah has urged locals to embrace peace even in the face of such “persistent provocation.”“The Catholic Diocese of Nsukka is in mourning for her dead children and in pains for the displaced ones. We are also living in fear because we do not know where and when the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ May prayer intention: honor the dignity of women

Vatican City, May 3, 2016 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his May prayer video Pope Francis issued a global petition that women in all countries would be respected and valued, asking rhetorically if the mere recognition of their role is enough, or if more can be done.“The contribution of women in all areas of human activity is undeniable, beginning with the family. But only to recognize it – is that enough?” the Pope asked in the video, published May 3.“We have done … [Read more...]

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Vatican envoy: Ukrainian refugees just want to go back home

Kiev, Ukraine, May 3, 2016 / 06:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “I want to go back home.” This is the most common phrase uttered by internally displaced persons in Ukraine, says Msgr. Giampietro Dal Toso, Secretary of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum.Msgr. Dal Toso visited Ukraine Apr. 24-27, following the extraordinary collection for the country launched by Pope Francis. As the Pontifical Council Cor Unum has been entrusted by the Pope to deliver the money, Msgr. Dal Toso traveled to … [Read more...]

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U2’s lead guitarist rocks Sistine Chapel in concert for a cure

Vatican City, May 3, 2016 / 03:31 am (CNA).- Lead guitarist The Edge from Irish rock band sensation U2 played “the most beautiful parish hall in the world” this weekend – the Sistine Chapel.The performance, the first-ever rock concert in the historic chapel, was given for about 200 doctors researchers who attended a conference at the Vatican last week on regenerative medicine. The conference discussed the use of adult stem cells to cure difficult and rare diseases such as … [Read more...]

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Nepalis show resilience one year after devastating earthquake

Kathmandu, Nepal, May 3, 2016 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of the international Catholic aid agency Caritas visited Nepal last week to mark the anniversary of a devastating earthquake that left millions homeless, bringing aid and a spirit of solidarity.A delegation of Caritas International participated in a conference in the Nepali capital Kathmandu April 25 – 27, and visited outlying areas affected by the quake. They evaluated the relief effort of the Church thus far, and … [Read more...]

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