AP issues massive correction on Ireland child burial story

Dublin, Ireland, Jun 24, 2014 / 12:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Associated Press has retracted key claims from its reports of an Irish Catholic home for unwed mothers supposedly burying hundreds of unbaptized infants in a septic tank. A correction issued June 20 explained that “the AP quoted a researcher who said she believed that most of the remains of children who died there were interred in a disused septic tank; the researcher has since clarified that without excavation and forensic … [Read more...]

Pope: a Christian does not announce himself, but the Lord

Vatican City, Jun 24, 2014 / 09:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily for the feast of John the Baptist’s birth, Pope Francis emphasized that a true Christian puts oneself aside in order for God to be seen, as St. John the Baptist did.  “A Christian does not announce himself, he announces another, prepares the way for another: the Lord,” the Pope observed in his June 24 daily Mass. Celebrating the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, the Roman Pontiff … [Read more...]

Sudanese woman sentenced to death re-arrested

Vatican City, Jun 24, 2014 / 07:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After having her death sentence for refusing to renounce her Christian faith revoked by a Sudanese court yesterday, Meriam Ibrahim has been re-arrested along with her husband at an airport. According to the BBC, close to 40 security officers detained Ibrahim along with her husband, Daniel Wani - who is a U.S. citizen - and their two children Tuesday at an airport in Sudan’s capitol while attempting to leave the country. Further … [Read more...]

Vatican cricket team to play Church of England in first tour

Vatican City, Jun 24, 2014 / 05:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Peter’s Cricket team begins their “Light of Faith Tour” this fall, which includes a warm-up game against a team from the Royal Household and a final match against the Anglican Church at Canterbury. “We’re very happy that we were able to organize a cricket match against the Anglican Communion,” Fr. Eamon O’Higgins told CNA during a June 24 press conference announcing the cricket team’s … [Read more...]

Saint Faustina play brings message of Divine Mercy to life

Seattle, Wash., Jun 24, 2014 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A once-obscure nun from 1930s Poland would probably be surprised to find that she is the subject of a play travelling all across the United States in 2014. But popular demand was what ultimately drove Leonardo Defilippis, founder of St. Luke productions, to create “Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy”. “It’s amazing how there’s an interest in her. She was kind of hidden (in her life), but Divine Mercy … [Read more...]

Church must reclaim its missionary identity, Italian priest says

Milan, Italy, Jun 24, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As “Ad Gentes,” the only Italian magazine dedicated to the foreign missions, suspended publication last week due to a lack of subscribers, a priest has emphasized the Church's need to embrace its missionary ideals. “We should be enthusiastic for Jesus Christ, who gave us the vocation of being missionary … we should turn back to Christ in order to bring the mission back to people,” Fr. Piero Gheddo, a … [Read more...]

Hate group’s presence shocks attendees at priest funeral

Salina, Kan., Jun 24, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Faithful who attended the funeral for Father Kenneth Walker were dismayed at the presence of picketers from the Westboro Baptist Church on June 20 near Paxico, Kansas. As mourners filed into Sacred Heart Catholic Church, members of the hate group stood nearby holding signs and singing songs in order to broadcast their message. A priest with the Fraternity of St. Peter, Fr. Walker, 28, was shot and killed while coming to the aid of Fr. Joseph … [Read more...]