Pope Francis pays for 120 of Rome’s poor to visit Shroud of Turin

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2015 / 11:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his latest act of papal charity, Pope Francis has donated funds for two busloads of homeless and sick pilgrims to visit the Shroud of Turin. They will stay in two charitable centers that offer shelter to the homeless during the winter. The trips will “prepare the way for the Pope’s visit which is scheduled to take place on June 21: his poor arrive before him,” the papal almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, told … [Read more...]

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Her husband has been jailed and tortured in Iran – but her faith hasn’t wavered

Washington D.C., Jun 4, 2015 / 06:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The wife of a U.S. citizen imprisoned in Iran pleaded with members of Congress to work for his release, while voicing the consolation they have found in their Christian faith. “For the past 3 years I have been carrying with me a deep excruciating pain knowing that my husband continues to suffer yet another day in one of the worst prisons in the world,” stated Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been a … [Read more...]

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Why did most of the journalists at the ‘shadow council’ fail to report on it?

Rome, Italy, Jun 4, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Since only one quarter of the media representatives present at last week's closed-door meeting of German, French, and Swiss bishops have reported on the meeting, speculation has arisen in Rome that the group is preparing to launch a media blitz in favor of controversial changes to pastoral care for homosexuals and the divorced and remarried in the final weeks leading up to the Synod on the Family. On May 25, bishops from Germany, … [Read more...]

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Florist asks court to overturn mandatory gay marriage support

Olympia, Wash., Jun 4, 2015 / 12:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A florist has appealed to the Washington State Supreme Court to review court rulings that could cause her financial ruin because she declined to serve a same-sex wedding ceremony. Kristen Waggoner, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, said Stutzman and others have been “more than willing to serve any and all customers, but they are understandably not willing to promote any and all messages.” “No one … [Read more...]

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Catholics voice hope that Pope Francis will build bridges in Bosnia

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jun 3, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will find a country still suffering from ethnic and religious suspicion when he visits Bosnia and Herzegovina this weekend, but some hope that his visit will help encourage unity. “Catholics have an obligation to be reaching out to their fellow countrymen,” Marc D’Silva, Catholic Relief Services’ representative to the country, told CNA June 3. Francis will visit Bosnia and … [Read more...]

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How the Supreme Court’s hijab decision helps faith in the workplace

Washington D.C., Jun 3, 2015 / 04:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Many religious believers will benefit from the Supreme Court’s Monday decision that a clothing store wrongly discriminated against a prospective employee whose Muslim beliefs required her to wear a hijab, one legal expert has said. “At a time when some are suggesting that religious faith and values should be confined to private prayer or houses of worship, today’s ruling is a welcome reminder that the free exercise of … [Read more...]

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War is the mother of poverty, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jun 3, 2015 / 03:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis lamented the suffering inflicted on families already struggling from poverty in countries torn by the “great predator” of war. “Truly, war is the 'mother of all poverty,' the pontiff said Wednesday, addressing the crowds in Saint Peter’s Square. “War impoverishes the family,” he said. It is “a great predator of lives, of souls, and of the … [Read more...]

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