Turkish Muslims ‘deeply appreciated’ papal visit

Istanbul, Turkey, Dec 4, 2014 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' visit to Turkey was highly appreciated by Muslims because of the care and interest he demonstrated for them, and for his acknowledgement that not all Muslims are terrorists, a local scholar has said. “The Turkish people deeply appreciated the Pope’s visit,” Zeynet Cebeci Suvari, a Ph.D. candidate at Bogazici University, told CNA. “The message is clear: 'I care about you and that is why I … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis praises the ‘hidden holiness’ of everyday saints

Vatican City, Dec 4, 2014 / 09:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis cautioned against the false appearances of those who are proud or vain, saying that true holiness is found in the silent, everyday witness of the poor and humble. “We should think about so much hidden holiness there is in the Church; Christians who remain in Jesus,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican's Saint Martha guesthouse for his Dec. 4 daily Mass. While there are there are some Christians who … [Read more...]

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This 82-year-old cardinal says he’ll face jail for democracy

Rome, Italy, Dec 4, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One of several leaders of Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement to surrender to police after months of pro-democracy protests, Cardinal Joseph Zen has said he is ready to go to jail. “I’m prepared to be jailed, which is the strongest and most sincere proof of the unfairness of the system in Hong Kong,” said Hong Kong's emeritus bishop, according to a translation of a report by the Hong Kong Economic … [Read more...]

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For Holy Land youth, sports center to be ground for dialogue, peace

Jerusalem, Israel, Dec 4, 2014 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Franciscans in the Holy Land have launched a new project to bring together young people from different cultural and religious backgrounds to share in the “common language” of sports. Father Quirico Calella, O.F.M., director of Acre’s Terra Santa School, said there is “a real need” for a multicultural and multi-purpose sports center like the planned Tau Sports Center. “In the evening, the various … [Read more...]

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Papal mace points to education’s true purpose, Scottish bishop says

Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec 4, 2014 / 12:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The presentation of a special Papal mace marking the 600th anniversary of Scotland’s oldest university is a reminder of the ultimate purpose of education – to know, love and serve God, said the local bishop. “Western culture’s great endeavour through the universities founded in the Middle Ages was the pursuit of wisdom as defined as ‘fides quaerens intellectum’ or ‘faith seeking … [Read more...]

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Manila declares five-day holiday for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit

Manila, Philippines, Dec 3, 2014 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an executive order, the mayor of Manila has declared a five-day, non-working holiday for Pope Francis’ Jan. 15-19 visit – a decision the Philippine government is considering on a national level. “For now, the government’s top priority is to ensure the smooth conduct of activities during the papal visit,” Philippine Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. told state-run radio station DZRB in an … [Read more...]

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Court commended for staying execution of mentally ill man

Austin, Texas, Dec 3, 2014 / 03:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic bishops in Texas thanked a federal appeals court for issuing a stay of execution for mentally ill inmate Scott Louis Panetti mere hours before the state was due to carry out his capital punishment. “The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops today expressed appreciation to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for granting a stay of execution for death row inmate Scott Panetti,” a Dec. 3 statement from the Texas … [Read more...]

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