President Obama’s March visit confirmed by Vatican

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2014 / 09:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has confirmed that in March of this year President Barack Obama during a European trip will stop in Rome where he is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis. As the final part of President Obama's visit to Europe – during which he will travel to the Netherlands, Belgium, and Italy – the Pope and the president will meet on March 27, Fr. Lombardi told CNA Jan. 21. In a statement … [Read more...]

Ukrainian archbishop calls for peace amid violent protests

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2014 / 05:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In wake of increasing violence due to ongoing political protests, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk is petitioning his countrymen to pray for peace and unity as political unrest continues. “With great dismay and sadness we witness the events taking place at the moment in Kyiv,” the archbishop lamented in a Jan. 21 statement released on Vatican Radio. “In view of these exceptional circumstances,” he … [Read more...]

Thousands defend Holy See’s UN status against attacks

New York City, N.Y., Jan 21, 2014 / 04:35 am (CNA).- Catholics have joined with members of other faiths to support the Holy See's permanent observer status at the United Nations, defending against a group of abortion proponents seeking to oust the body from the international organization. “The Holy See’s special status enables it to encourage genuine dialogue, promote peaceful resolution of conflicts, and appeal beyond the mere territorial interests of states to the … [Read more...]

Trade agreements should promote human dignity, bishops say

Washington D.C., Jan 21, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Commenting on a proposed trade agreement, the U.S. bishops have said such agreements should defend human dignity, protect the environment and public heath, and promote “justice and peace.” “We encourage you to join us in promoting these values and to evaluate any trade deal in light of them,” Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami and Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines said in a Jan. 16 letter to the leading members … [Read more...]

Holy Land Christians prepare for Church unity week

Jerusalem, Israel, Jan 21, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians of varying Churches and ecclesial communities in Palestine and Israel will gather for ecumenical prayer services at the churches of various communities. The Holy Land observes a novena for Christian unity from Jan. 25-Feb. 2, following the traditional octave held Jan. 18-25. The theme of this year's week of prayer for Christian unity is “has Christ been divided”, St. Paul's affirmation of unity in … [Read more...]

Vatican commission completes Medjugorje investigation

Vatican City, Jan 20, 2014 / 03:28 pm (CNA).- The Holy See has announced that the commission charged with investigating the alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje has completed its task, and will be submitting its findings to the Vatican's doctrine office. Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed Jan. 18 that the international commission investigating the supposed apparitions had held its final meeting the prior day, and will submit its final report to the Congregation for the … [Read more...]

DC concert to share message of Bl. John XXIII, John Paul II

Washington D.C., Jan 20, 2014 / 12:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An upcoming concert in Washington, D.C., will celebrate the lives and canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, highlighting their efforts to promote unity, cooperation and peace. “This concert is going to be unique,” said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C., at a Jan. 16 press conference. “It will stand in its own right because what it is saying is 'look at the fruit of the lives of these … [Read more...]