Haitian amputees lace-up soccer cleats on Roman sports field

Rome, Italy, Jan 9, 2015 / 04:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Five years after the island of Haiti was devastated by a massive earthquake, three young amputees will have the opportunity to play soccer in Rome through the help of the Knights of Columbus. Wilfrid Macena, Mackenson Pierre and Sandy J.L. Louiseme each lost a leg in the 2010 earthquake that tore through the island nation, and will be present in the Vatican for a Jan. 10 conference called by Pope Francis to observe the fifth anniversary of … [Read more...]

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Head of drug war-torn Mexican diocese to become a cardinal

Morelia, Mexico, Jan 9, 2015 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis announced Jan. 4 that among the 20 men who will be named cardinals at the next consistory is Archbishop Alberto Suarez Inda of Morelia, who has worked for peace amid the ongoing drug war in Mexico. Since 1995, Archbishop Suarez has led the Archdiocese of Morelia, the capital of Michoacan state in central Mexico. The state has seen much violence and tension in recent years due to the role of drug cartels; nine died Jan. 6 … [Read more...]

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Divine Word Missionaries contemplate ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ in peripheries

Madang, Papua New Guinea, Jan 9, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Observing the Year of Consecrated Life convoked by Pope Francis, the members of the Society of the Divine Word serving in Papua New Guinea are gathered to study the Pope's 2013 apostolic exhortation on the proclamation of the Gospel in today's world. More than 60 Divine Word Missionaries from across the Melanesian nation are in Alexishafen, 10 miles north of Madang, Jan. 5-10, to share their experiences of missionary … [Read more...]

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100 million reasons for concern about anti-Christian persecution

Denver, Colo., Jan 8, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The number of persecuted Christians in the world has topped 100 million, according to a new report that says even non-violent persecution of Christians has increased, amid continuing violence. “Even Christian-majority states are experiencing unprecedented levels of exclusion, discrimination and violence,” David Curry, president of the California-based Open Doors USA, said Jan. 7. Curry’s organization has worked to … [Read more...]

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Free braille Bibles help the blind poor around the world

London, England, Jan 8, 2015 / 02:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Close your eyes. Now try to go about your regular life without your vision. What challenges would you face at work? What about in your personal life? What about in your relationship with God? Of the 285 million people in the world with severe visual impairments, the majority live in developing countries with few opportunities for education or escaping poverty. That’s where United Bible Societies is hoping to make a … [Read more...]

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French imams, Vatican: ‘Without freedom of expression, the world is in danger’

Vatican City, Jan 8, 2015 / 11:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- French imams visiting the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue released Thursday a joint communique condemning the attack on Charlie Hebdo and calling for freedom of expression. “Without freedom of expression, the world is in danger,” the Jan 8. statement reads. It also asked that the media provide information which is “respectful of religions.” Signed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the … [Read more...]

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Pope urges prayers for victims, assailants of ‘cruel’ Paris attack

Vatican City, Jan 8, 2015 / 09:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ first words at  Mass on Thursday were a prayer for the victims of yesterday’s attack on employees of a satirical newspaper in Paris, with a plea for the assailants’ conversion. “The attack yesterday in Paris makes us think of so much cruelty – human cruelty – so much terrorism, both isolated terrorism and terrorism of the state. Of how much cruelty is man capable!” the Roman … [Read more...]

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