Bethlehem sisters call on world to pray for peace

Jerusalem, Israel, May 24, 2014 / 09:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The sisters who run the only children’s hospital on the West Bank have made it their mission to pray for peace in the Holy Land, traveling each week to invoke a Marian icon on the wall dividing the region. Mary’s image is “a sign to pray the rosary and to look at her because” the situation is “not easy,” Sister Donatella of the Padua Franciscans told CNA May 24. The icon, she said, is a reminder … [Read more...]

Mission of Holy Spirit is peace, preaches Pope in Jordan

Amman, Jordan, May 24, 2014 / 09:08 am (CNA).- Pope Francis focused the first homily of his Holy Land pilgrimage on the work of Holy Spirit in bringing peace and unity amongst different peoples. Preaching during the Mass held on May 24 at the International Stadium in Amman, Jordan, the Pope noted, “We are not far from where the Holy Spirit descended with power on Jesus of Nazareth after his baptism by John in the River Jordan.” “The mission of the Holy Spirit, in fact, is … [Read more...]

Pope opens trip to Holy Land with appeal for religious freedom, peace

Amman, Jordan, May 24, 2014 / 06:57 am (CNA).- Today Pope Francis began his pilgrimage to the Holy Land by visiting with the authorities in the kingdom of Jordan, urging them to support efforts for peace amongst Christians and Muslims. “Religious freedom is in fact a fundamental human right and I cannot fail to express my hope that it will be upheld throughout the Middle East and the entire world,” said Pope Francis on May 24 in the Royal Palace of Amman, Jordan. Pope Francis … [Read more...]

Pope’s presence at sepulcher a step toward unity, journalist says

Jerusalem, Israel, May 24, 2014 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In light of centuries-old property divisions within the Holy Sepulcher, a Vatican journalist who lived in the Holy Land has expressed that locals welcome Pope Francis’ visit as moving in the direction of peace. “They all long for peace, they long for peace within very crucial situations between Israel and Palestine,” Paul Badde told CNA May 24, adding that although the Pope himself cannot do much in terms of … [Read more...]

Austrian couple excommunicated for simulating Mass

Vienna, Austria, May 23, 2014 / 04:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Austrian bishop has announced that a married couple, including a leader with a dissenting Catholic organization, have excommunicated themselves for simulating a celebration of a Mass. Bishop Manfred Scheuer of Innsbruck has announced the “self-excommunication” of Martha and Gert Heizer. He cited their announcement of holding “private celebrations of the Eucharist without a priest.” “I believe that … [Read more...]

UN report shows reform efforts in Church, observers say

Washington D.C., May 23, 2014 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A U.N. anti-torture committee’s report on the Holy See recognized Church efforts to combat sex abuse, but some problems in the committee’s approach risk undermining international treaty agreements, observers said. “It is encouraging to see the Committee Against Torture affirm and praise the important reforms the Church has put into place to protect children and its ongoing commitment to those reforms,” Ashley … [Read more...]

Holy See did not violate torture convention, UN committee says

Geneva, Switzerland, May 23, 2014 / 01:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A U.N. anti-torture committee report has said that the Holy See did not violate the international Convention Against Torture. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the apostolic nuncio leading the Holy See’s permanent observer mission to the United Nations in Geneva, told Vatican Radio the committee’s observations are “an acknowledgement of the good faith efforts of the Holy See to comply (with) always and to advance the … [Read more...]


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