Sudanese Christian woman released again

Khartoum, Sudan, Jun 27, 2014 / 04:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Meriam Ibrahim – a Christian woman who had previously been sentenced to death in Sudan for her faith – has been released after another detention for accusations of forging travel documents. “The State Department has received confirmation that Meriam Ibrahim Ishag has been released on bail and is no longer being detained at a Sudanese police station,” said Marie Harf, deputy department spokesperson for the … [Read more...]

Bishop cites teaching of Popes in push to protect migrant kids

Washington D.C., Jun 27, 2014 / 11:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas, invoked the social teaching of multiple popes in a plea for Congress to address the “humanitarian crisis” of unaccompanied child migrants to the U.S. “The Catholic Church’s work in assisting unaccompanied migrant children stems from the belief that every person is created in God’s image,” the bishop stated in his June 25 testimony before the House Judiciary … [Read more...]

Vatican laicizes former nuncio to Dominican Republic

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2014 / 10:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following abuse accusations last fall involving the former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, the Vatican has concluded the first part of his canonical trial with a guilty verdict and laicization. Accusations of sexual misconduct were reported last year regarding the former nuncio Josef Wesolowski, which led to his Aug. 21 resignation. Following the publication of the initial accusations, a 13-year-old boy from the country … [Read more...]

Pope cancels hospital visit due to ‘sudden indisposition’

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2014 / 08:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As spectators were awaiting the visit of Pope Francis to a Roman hospital, it was announced by Bishop Claudio Giuliodori that the pontiff cancelled his visit due to a “sudden indisposition.” Bishop Giuliodori, General Ecclesiastical Assistant of the University of the Sacred Heart, read the announcement to those waiting for the Holy Father. The cancellation was later confirmed by Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: love of God is both generous, active

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2014 / 07:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis focused his daily homily for the Feast of the Sacred Heart on the nature of love between God and his people. “There are two aspects to this love. First, love is more about giving than receiving. Second, love is more about actions than words,” the Pope observed in his June 27 daily Mass in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse. The Roman Pontiff described how this feast celebrates the love God has for us … [Read more...]

Peace in Middle East can flourish again, Pope assures

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2014 / 05:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an audience with aid organizations assisting Oriental churches, Pope Francis explained that peace is a gift from God, which can be regained by offering hope through our solidarity with those who suffer. “Those who would cultivate the plant of peace must never forget that God alone gives the growth. True peace, the peace which the world cannot give, is a gift to us from Jesus Christ,” the Pope observed in his June 26 … [Read more...]

Major FBI bust highlights problem of human trafficking

Washington D.C., Jun 27, 2014 / 04:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The arrest of nearly 300 suspected pimps and rescue of 168 children in a national bust of child sex trafficking rings across the country has drawn attention to the problem of modern slavery. “These are not children living in some faraway place, far from everyday life,” said FBI director James B. Comey during a June 23 press conference in Washington, D.C. “These are our kids. On our street corners. Our truck stops. … [Read more...]