Russian expansion endangers Catholics in Ukraine, nuncio warns

Kyiv, Ukraine, Sep 29, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The apostolic nuncio to Ukraine has urged efforts to support Catholics in the nation, warning that Russia’s expansion into the country has caused major instability and threatens a return to political persecution. “The danger of repression of the Greek-Catholic Church exists in whatever part of Ukraine Russia might establish its predominance or continue through acts of terrorism to push forward with its aggression,” … [Read more...]

Bishops find hope for religious dialogue at Palestinian university

Washington D.C., Sep 28, 2014 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Reflecting on their recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land, U.S. bishops have cited relationships there between Christian and Muslim students as a sign of hope for peace in the region. A delegation of 18 bishops from the U.S. made the pilgrimage to Palestine and Israel Sept. 11-18. “What was really positive about this was the tremendous work being done there by Catholic Relief Services and by the Knights of Malta and the Knights … [Read more...]

UK bishop steps down over ‘being unfaithful’ to vows

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2014 / 10:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Kieran Conry of the U.K. dioceses of Arundel and Brighton has announced his resignation after revealing he has been “unfaithful” to his “promises as a Catholic priest.” “I am sorry for the shame that I have brought on the diocese and the Church and I ask for your prayers and forgiveness,” he said in a brief statement, which has been read in all the Church's of the dioceses over the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis calls Benedict XVI the ultimate ‘grandfather’

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2014 / 10:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Retired pontiff Benedict XVI joined some 50,000 pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square on Sunday, Sept. 28 for a meeting between Pope Francis and elderly people from around the world. Welcoming his predecessor, the Holy Father described Pope Benedict as the “grandfather of all grandfathers.” “I have said many times that it gives me great pleasure that he lives here in the Vatican, because it is like having a wise … [Read more...]

Future depends on encounter between young and old, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2014 / 09:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- There is no future without the encounter between generations, Pope Francis said –  addressing the tens of thousands of grandparents and elderly men and women gathered for Mass in Saint Peter's Square.The Sept. 28 Mass followed an international encounter with the Holy Father and the elderly earlier in the morning.  Pope Francis opened his homily with a reflection on the Gospel reading in which Mary was greeted by … [Read more...]

Ariz. town urged to stop discriminating against houses of worship

Phoenix, Ariz., Sep 28, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Local government restrictions in Gilbert, Arizona are threatening the protection of religious speech by limiting signs promoting houses of worship while allowing political, ideological, and noncommercial signs to stand without the same restriction. “Religious speech enjoys full protection under the First Amendment,” noted Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, saying in a September … [Read more...]

Buddhist composes symphony to mark Pope’s Sri Lanka visit

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sep 27, 2014 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an effort for religious reconciliation, the Sri Lankan government has commissioned  a symphony from a Buddhist composer to commemorate Pope Francis' voyage to the nation which will take place in January. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo presided over a Sept. 17 performance of the Soul of Christ Symphony, composed and directed by the nation's renowed composer Vajira Indika Karunasena, who is a … [Read more...]