Pope Francis’ daily challenge: Who will you follow – God or the world?

Rome, Italy, Feb 19, 2015 / 05:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily Thursday, Pope Francis said that every day we are faced with choices between good and evil, and stressed that God is always there to help us when the right decision is hard to make. “The choice is between God and other gods who do not have the power to give us anything other than trivial, pithy little things that pass,” the Pope told Mass attendees Feb. 19. He recognized that “it is not easy” to … [Read more...]

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Communion for divorced and remarried? Africa’s bishops have other concerns, cardinal says

Rome, Italy, Feb 19, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading African cardinal says the continent's bishops want the upcoming Vatican synod to zero-in on strengthening the Church with good families – before getting sidetracked on other issues such as the contentious debate over allowing Communion for divorced and remarried couples. Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban was in Rome last week for a meeting of African bishops – known as the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of … [Read more...]

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Why this bishop is staying in Libya after the ISIS massacre

Tripoli, Italy, Feb 19, 2015 / 02:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “I should stay! How can I leave the Christians alone?” These are the words of Bishop Giovanni Martinelli, Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli, in response to the Islamic State’s threats that it plans to take over the country and continue beheading Christians, as it did this past weekend, killing 21 Coptic Christians. In statements to Vatican Radio, Bishop Martinelli said, “We could go, it’s true. Probably at … [Read more...]

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Australians welcome appointment of new apostolic nuncio

Canberra, Australia, Feb 19, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Australia's Catholics have received with joy the news that Pope Francis on Tuesday appointed Archbishop Adolfo Yllana, a Filipino native, as their apostolic nuncio. “For the bishops, priests, religious and people of our country, I am deeply grateful to Pope Francis for his nomination of Archbishop Adolfo Yllana as Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, to succeed Archbishop Paul Gallagher,” Archbishop Denis Hart of … [Read more...]

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Vatican Secretary of State urges ‘quick response’ to crisis in Libya

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2015 / 08:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After a meeting with Italian officials on Tuesday, Cardinal Pietro Parolin told reporters that swift action is needed in Libya, where continual conflict since a 2011 revolution has resulted in rival governments and a foothold for Islamists. Amid the chaos in the north African nation, Islamic State affiliates beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians over the weekend. Cardinal Parolin said Feb. 17 the incident was “terrifying,” but … [Read more...]

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Would you die for your ashes? Cardinal reflects on modern Christian martyrs

Washington D.C., Feb 18, 2015 / 06:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics owe solidarity, prayer and a voice against injustice to their fellow Christians being martyred and persecuted around the world, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., stressed on Ash Wednesday. “(W)e can go out those doors with ashes on our forehead” as a public display of faith, the cardinal said. However, “(t)here are parts of the world where that will just as well be a death … [Read more...]

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Near Bethlehem, Israeli barrier threatens Christians’ future

Jerusalem, Israel, Feb 18, 2015 / 03:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Palestinian Christians, a monastery, a convent and a Catholic school near Bethlehem are all at risk from the Israeli government’s planned security barrier in the West Bank’s Cremisan Valley, the U.S. bishops have told members of Congress. “The proposed routes of the separation barrier would effectively confiscate the Palestinian agricultural and recreational lands of over 50 Christian families. This threatens the … [Read more...]

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