Pope’s Easter message: In this violent world, what we need is Christ’s resurrection

Vatican City, Apr 5, 2015 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis reminded Christians this Easter of the strength which comes from Christ’s death and resurrection, calling them to be witnesses of peace and justice, especially for those suffering today in regions of extreme violence and persecution. “From the risen Lord we ask the grace not to succumb to the pride which fuels violence and war, but to have the humble courage of pardon and peace,” the pontiff said to tens of … [Read more...]

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The ‘surrender’ of a Syrian girl gives face to the plight of refugee children

Beirut, Lebanon, Apr 4, 2015 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A photo that went viral last week depicting a young Syrian child “surrendering” in front of a camera she thought to be a gun is but a mere hint at the trauma which displaced and refugee children face across the Middle East, an aid worker says. “In regards to the children, it’s a very bleak and complex (situation). Circumstances are not good at all,” Zerene Haddad told CNA during a March 31 phone call from … [Read more...]

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If you’re looking for the truth, you’ll find the Resurrection Pope says

Rome, Italy, Apr 4, 2015 / 12:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his homily for the Easter Vigil Pope Francis said that the Resurrection of Jesus is a mystery we can only enter by going out of ourselves and looking for the truth. “To enter into the mystery demands that we not be afraid of reality: that we not be locked into ourselves, that we not flee from what we fail to understand, that we not close our eyes to problems or deny them, that we not dismiss our questions,” the … [Read more...]

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NBC brings stories of the early Christian Church to network television

Colorado Springs, Colo., Apr 4, 2015 / 08:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- If history is any indication, millions of Americans will be tuning into the premiere of a new television series depicting the early Christian Church this Easter. "A.D. The Bible Continues" is the latest project of the husband and wife team of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, who succeeded in bringing the stories of the Gospels to cable television in their 2013 series "The Bible." Their new 12-week television … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, Good Friday shrouded in grief over persecuted Christians

Rome, Italy, Apr 3, 2015 / 03:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Both Pope Francis' Good Friday service at the Vatican and the Stations of the Cross held at the Colosseum later in the day zeroed-in on the plight of persecuted Christians around the world. “In you, Divine Love, we see again today our persecuted brethren: beheaded, crucified, for their faith in you, beneath our eyes, or often with our complicit silence,” he said in a brief reflection April 3 following the Way of the … [Read more...]

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True martyrs die in prayer – not with clenched fists, papal preacher says

Vatican City, Apr 3, 2015 / 11:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily for the celebration of the Passion of Our Lord on Good Friday, papal preacher Father Raniero Cantalamessa called for a spirit of forgiveness amid rising persecutions in the world. “True martyrs for Christ do not die with clenched fists but with their hands joined in prayer,” Fr. Cantelamessa said, according to the English translation published by Vatican Radio. His remarks come as news of 147 Christians … [Read more...]

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A Medieval devotion alive and well for a handful of modern Romans

Rome, Italy, Apr 3, 2015 / 04:51 am (CNA).- In the hours after evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, a few pilgrims in Rome make their way to the Church of Saint Praxedes, home to a fragment of stone alleged to be the pillar upon which Jesus was scourged. Known as the Column of the Flagellation, the stone offers an object of contemplation for those visiting the church to reflect on Christ's Passion. This is especially true on Holy Thursday, when pilgrims traditionally go … [Read more...]

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