Three Red Cross workers remain kidnapped in Syria

Aleppo, Syria, Oct 14, 2013 / 03:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A day after their kidnapping in Syria, the whereabouts of three relief workers from the Red Cross remain unknown, though another three of their companions, as well as a Red Crescent volunteer, have been released.“Good news! We confirm that the Syrian Red Crescent volunteer and 3 out of 6 ICRC colleagues have been released safe & sound,” Robert Mardini, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross' Middle East … [Read more...]

Pope warns against ‘Jonah syndrome’ of the pharisees

Rome, Italy, Oct 14, 2013 / 09:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis examined Christ's interaction with the pharisees in the day's Gospel reading, stressing that pious works without love are empty.During the Oct. 10 liturgy at St. Martha's residence, the Pope centered his reflections on the “Sign of Jonah,” which Jesus refers to in Luke's Gospel narrative.He noted that when Jesus speaks of the “wicked generation,” he is not … [Read more...]

Knights’ documentary explores life, vision of Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Oct 14, 2013 / 07:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new documentary produced by the Knights of Columbus traces the background of Pope Francis, offering insight into his life and thought through the words of those who knew him best.“This documentary introduces people to Pope Francis in a very accessible way,” said Andrew Walther, one of the documentary’s executive producers.“Most people know something about our Holy Father,” Walther told CNA, “but … [Read more...]

Pakistan bishop says attacks on Christians fueled by politics

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2013 / 06:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid recent violence against Christians in Pakistan, a leading bishop says that the attacks are deeply rooted in the political situation of the country and how it relates to both the West and surrounding areas. Bishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi interprets the terrorist bombing in late September of a Christian church in Peshawar which killed nearly 100 people as a retaliative move against the U.S. military. The group that claimed … [Read more...]

Pope praises ‘total love’ of Spanish martyrs

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2013 / 09:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Sunday Angelus remarks in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis thanked God for the 522 priest, religious and lay martyrs who were newly beatified in Spain.“We praise the Lord for this their courageous testimony, and we beg for their intercession in freeing the world from every violence,” said Pope Francis.The martyrs were killed for their faith during the Spanish civil war of the 1930s. They join hundreds of … [Read more...]

New film shows heroism, strength of English martyrs

London, England, Oct 13, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA).- The new film “Faith of Our Fathers” examines the Catholic martyrs of the English Reformation, whose fortitude is a reminder that persecution strengthens the Church, a presenter of the film has noted. “I think perhaps the heroism and strength of Catholicism through that period, when we were given so many saints, martyrs and heroes, wouldn't have happened without the persecution,” said Fr. Marcus Holden, a priest of … [Read more...]

Thank your family, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2013 / 01:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Sunday preached about the importance of gratitude and thankfulness for the Christian community and for family life.“If we can realize that everything is God’s gift, how happy will our hearts be! Everything is his gift. He is our strength!” he told the crowd of about 150,000 gathered for Mass in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 13. “Saying ‘thank you’ is such an easy thing, and yet … [Read more...]