Iraqi abbot calls for action to ensure local Christians’ future

Baghdad, Iraq, Jul 24, 2014 / 10:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the effective expulsion of Christians from the city of Mosul by Islamists last week, a prominent local abbot has voiced the need for concrete action supporting Christians in Iraq. “The question and challenge is how to convince Christians they have (a) future in Iraq,” Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana wrote in a July 23 message to Aid to the Church in Need. “Nice words and sympathy statements are not enough. … [Read more...]

Meriam Ibrahim lands in Rome, meets with Pope Francis

Vatican City, Jul 24, 2014 / 06:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Sudanese woman spared of a death sentence for refusing to renounce her Christian faith arrived in Rome with her family Thursday, where they met with Pope Francis a few hours after landing. “Pope Francis was very tender with her, her husband, who was in prison, and thanked her for her courageous witness to perseverance in the Faith,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said of the encounter in a July 24 … [Read more...]

Soaring student debt sparks response from Catholic colleges

Denver, Colo., Jul 24, 2014 / 04:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With a national student loan debt of slightly more than $1 trillion, American colleges may have to start re-thinking the way they do business. Recent graduates of Catholic colleges are among those feeling the weight of student loan debt. Karissa O'Hearn and her husband Joe both graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., a few years ago. As a student, Karissa said she did not realize how signing for loan after loan would … [Read more...]

El Salvador youth saved from violence by music

San Salvador, El Salvador, Jul 24, 2014 / 02:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly 1,000 children and teens who live in violent, crime-ridden areas of El Salvador have turned to the Don Bosco Youth Symphonic Orchestra as an alternative to a life of drugs and conflict. The orchestra is financed by a $1 million grant from the Social Fund for the Development of Japan, administered by the World Bank. It is run by Spanish Salesian Father Jose Maria Moratalla Escudero, known as Father Pepe, who is … [Read more...]

John Paul I’s beatification cause may advance, cardinal says

Belluno, Italy, Jul 24, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A document advancing the beatification of John Paul I is ready, and will be given to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints this autumn, according to the emeritus Secretary of State. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone announced the milestone during his homily at Mass in the Belluno cathedral July 20. The beatification process of John Paul I had been slowed because the “positio” had not been completed. The positio is the … [Read more...]

Church response to refugees is part of pro-life call, bishop says

Pittsburgh, Pa., Jul 23, 2014 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Answering the needs of refugee migrants is one component of a truly pro-life view, said a U.S. bishop, announcing a new initiative to aid children who have fled Central America for the United States. “The Catholic Church responds to humanitarian crises here at home and all across the world because we are pro-life,” said Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh. “Being pro-life requires we protect and care for … [Read more...]

Australians mourn those killed in Malaysia Airlines crash

Sydney, Australia, Jul 23, 2014 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- In the wake of the crash of flight MH17 over Ukraine, Australians have been mourning the loss of the 298 persons aboard the flight, particularly their 27 nationals, one of whom was a religious sister. Sister Philomene Tiernan was an Australian member of the Religious Sisters of the Sacred Heart, and a teacher and boarding director at Kincoppal-Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart, a girls' boarding school located in a Sydney … [Read more...]


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