Yerba mate, Jesuits, and Francis – the story of the Pope’s favorite drink

Caacupé, Paraguay, Jul 19, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On more than one occasion Pope Francis has been seen sharing a drink offered him by a pilgrim from Argentina: it's mate, a traditional infused drink popular in his native country and its neighbors. Mate is the national infusion of Argentina, and is also associated with Our Lady of Caacupé, whose shrine Pope Francis visited in Paraguay on July 11. The highly caffeinated beverage is served hot, traditionally in a … [Read more...]

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The slow demise of Catholic magazines in Italy

Rome, Italy, Jul 18, 2015 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic-inspired magazine that was once a leader in publishing opinions in Church discussions will quit publication by the end of the year, evidence of a crisis that have been plaguing Catholic magazines during the last decade. “Il Regno,” a bi-monthly magazine which began publications in 1956, before the Second Vatican Council, will cease publication following a decision by the Northern Italian Province of Dehonian … [Read more...]

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Budget-keeping at the Vatican: in transition toward a new era

Vatican City, Jul 18, 2015 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See and Vatican City State administration released their 2014 financial statements Thursday amid an ongoing process to reform Vatican finances and accounting standards. The Holy See’s 2014 deficit was about $27.8 million, slightly more than the 2013 deficit of $26.6 million. In total, the Holy See’s net assets increased by over $1 billion. This is an outcome of adjustments “made to include all assets and … [Read more...]

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Corruption, threats, torture – we need justice in the mining industry, Pope says

Vatican City, Jul 18, 2015 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Continuing his theme on protecting both the environment and human rights, Pope Francis pointed to various injustices in the mining industry and called for collaboration in fostering change. All involved in the field of mining “are called upon to adopt behavior inspired by the fact that we constitute a single human family, everything is interconnected,” Francis said July 18. He stressed that genuine care for our own lives and our rel … [Read more...]

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The Vatican’s helipad: Transporting popes, saving kid’s lives

Vatican City, Jul 18, 2015 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Correction: July 21, 2015 9:28 am MST. Due to an erroneous Vatican source, this article originally said that the Vatican's helicopter was being used by the hospital. It is in fact the Vatican's helifacilities. One of Europe's best pediatric hospitals, Bambino Gesu Children's Hospital in Rome, can now use the Vatican’s helipad to transport patients, personnel and medical equipment in emergencies. The … [Read more...]

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Heroic virtue of Ukrainian bishop who sheltered hundreds of Jews recognized

Vatican City, Jul 17, 2015 / 03:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday, Pope Francis authorized a decree recognizing the heroic virtue of Archbishop Andrey Sheptytsky, who was head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church from 1900 to 1944, and who personally protected dozens of Jews from Nazi occupiers during World War II. The Pope's July 16 audience with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints also recognized the heroic virtue of seven other potential saints, who will now be … [Read more...]

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Heroic virtue recognized for Ukrainian bishop who sheltered hundreds of Jews

Vatican City, Jul 17, 2015 / 03:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday, Pope Francis authorized a decree recognizing the heroic virtue of Archbishop Andrey Sheptytsky, who was head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church from 1900 to 1944, and who personally protected dozens of Jews from Nazi occupiers during World War II. The Pope's July 16 audience with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints also recognized the heroic virtue of seven other potential saints, who will now be … [Read more...]

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