Pope Francis says Holy Land visit aided Christian unity

Vatican City, May 28, 2014 / 10:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Wednesday said his pilgrimage to the Holy Land fed the desire for Christian unity and he encouraged Catholics to pray that God may help “heal the wounds” that divide the faithful. “I give thanks to God. He led me to that blessed Land, that has seen the historical presence of Jesus and where events fundamental to Judaism, Christianity and Islam took place,” the Pope said in St. Peter's Square … [Read more...]

Pope Francis meets with doctor who saved his life

Rome, Italy, May 28, 2014 / 10:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met recently with Dr. Juan Carlos Parodi, the Argentinean surgeon who operated on him for gall bladder failure in 1980 and whom he attributes with saving his life. Dr. Parodi recounted the story to the Argentinean daily La Nacion May 20. “It was a surprise for me. In 1980 I was called by a doctor who said he was treating a humble priest who was very sick. He was a Jesuit and had taken the vows of poverty, chastity … [Read more...]

Scott Hahn explores power of saints, angels in modern life

Steubenville, Ohio, May 28, 2014 / 04:26 am (CNA).- Noted Catholic convert and author Dr. Scott Hahn published a new book May 27 exploring the biblical roots and modern-day interventions of the angels and saints. Hahn told CNA in a recent interview that his improved relationships with several saints inspired him to write the new book, titled “Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God's Holy Ones” (Image). “When I became a Catholic back in … [Read more...]

India archdiocese launches suicide prevention helpline

Goa, India, May 28, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Metropolitan Archdiocese of Goa and Daman has launched a round-the-clock emergency suicide prevention helpline to proactively address the escalating suicide rates in the region. “Life is given by God, and only he has the power to take it back,” said local archbishop Filipe Neri Sebastião do Rosário Ferrão at the May 24 announcement of the “God Saves Life-line” initiative. “In … [Read more...]

Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 28, 2014 / 12:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid the “inconceivable amount of devastation” caused by floods in Bosnia-Herzegovina, people are crossing ethnic and religious lines to help those affected. “Adversity brings people together,” Father Simo Marsic, rector of the St. John Paul II Youth Pastoral Center in Sarajevo, told the Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need. “(I)t was impressive to see the extent to … [Read more...]

Pope Francis announces plans to visit Philippines, Sri Lanka

Aboard the papal plane, May 27, 2014 / 05:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On his return flight from the Holy Land, Pope Francis announced that he will visit Sri Lanka and the Philippines in January 2015. “There are two Asian trips planned: one to South Korea and then next January, a two-day trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, to the area affected by the tsunami,” Pope Francis said during an in-flight press conference May 26, according to the Italian newspaper La Stampa. Pope Paul VI … [Read more...]

Synod on family will have broad focus, Pope notes

Aboard the papal plane, May 27, 2014 / 05:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has said that the upcoming synod on the family will focus on the “vast” pastoral problems facing families – not specifically Communion for the divorced and remarried. “We know that today the family is facing a crisis, a global crisis, young people don’t want to marry or they live together. I wouldn’t like us to fall into this question: will it be possible for Communion to be … [Read more...]