In Ukraine, Churches confront fearsome suffering

Kyiv, Ukraine, Apr 2, 2015 / 04:10 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- Bishop Bronislaw Bernacki of Odessa-Simferopol was stunned by the Russian annexation of Crimea and the subsequent war in eastern Ukraine. “No one expected that another war would be carried out on European soil in this day and age,” the Roman Catholic prelate told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need in March. The annexation has literally ripped apart his diocese, which was only established … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to inmates: ‘I too need to be washed by the Lord’

Rome, Italy, Apr 2, 2015 / 12:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Holy Thursday told inmates of a Rome prison that God’s love is personal and endless, emphasizing that he too needs forgiveness and purification. “Today I will wash the feet of 12 of you, but among these brothers and sisters are all of you, all of you, all--all that live here. You represent them,” the Pope told inmates of the Rebibbia New Complex Prison at the April 2 Mass of the Lord’s Supper. However, Pope Francis stressed t … [Read more...]

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Passover and the Passion: Jewish roots enrich Holy Week celebrations

Washington D.C., Apr 2, 2015 / 07:54 am (CNA).- As Catholics around the globe prepare for the Easter Triduum, the three-day period beginning with Holy Thursday and culminating in the celebration of Easter, the Jewish community prepares for its own liturgical celebration of Passover, remembering how God freed their ancestors from slavery in Egypt. These two liturgical events are connected, and Catholics of Jewish origin stress that recognizing this connection can help give context and deepen … [Read more...]

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Don’t flirt with spiritual worldliness, Pope cautions priests

Rome, Italy, Apr 2, 2015 / 04:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During Holy Thursday’s Chrism Mass Pope Francis warned priests not to fall into a tiredness that leads to worldliness, and said that only resting in the Lord will enable them to continue when they feel worn out. “There is also weariness of ourselves. This may be the most dangerous weariness of all,” the Pope said during his April 2 Chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. “I like to call this kind of weariness … [Read more...]

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An Arcus news service? RNS denies LGBT money influences religion coverage

Washington D.C., Apr 1, 2015 / 05:22 pm (CNA).- The editor of Religion News Service has denied that a grant from a wealthy LGBT advocacy funder has biased its coverage of traditional religion, which includes a recent controversial story on Cardinal Raymond Burke. The Arcus Foundation dispenses millions of dollars in grants every year to support LGBT activism. Its 2014 grants included $120,000 to the Religion Newswriters Foundation, the owner of the widely syndicated Religion News … [Read more...]

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Blood of the martyrs sustains the Church, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Apr 1, 2015 / 01:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis, in his General Audience address for Holy Week, said that the Christian martyrs of today, by the shedding of their blood, join with Christ in serving the Church through their witness. “Even today,” the Pope said in off-the-cuff remarks, “there are many men and women, true martyrs, who offer their lives with Jesus to confess the faith only for this reason; it is a service. A service of the Christian witness … [Read more...]

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Be ‘saints of this prison,’ Bishop Conley tells inmates at Confirmation

Lincoln, Neb., Apr 1, 2015 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Tuesday of Holy Week, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln offered Mass and Confirmed four inmates at the Nebraska State Penitentiary, encouraging those present to embrace God’s mercy and strive for sainthood. “God is calling you men to be the saints of this prison,” he told the inmates. “He is calling you to repent and to receive his mercy.” “Your daily life reminds you of past mistakes. The world … [Read more...]

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