Pope will travel to Italian island to pray for immigrants

Vatican City, Jul 1, 2013 / 11:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will travel to the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on July 8 to pray for immigrants who died trying to reach the destination.A statement released July 1 by the Holy See press office said the Holy Father was “deeply touched by the recent sinking of a boat carrying migrants from Africa, the latest of a series of similar tragedies.”“Because of the particular circumstances,” the statement … [Read more...]

Prayer is ‘negotiating with the Lord,’ says Pope

Vatican City, Jul 1, 2013 / 10:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At his homily for daily Mass at Saint Martha House, Pope Francis called Abraham's bargaining with the Lord for the people of Sodom a model of prayer – a courageous negotiation with God. “Praying is negotiating with the Lord, even being inopportune with the Lord,” the Bishop of Rome said at the chapel of the Vatican guest-house July 1. “Abraham is a courageous man and prays with courage,” he said, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ first encyclical to be released July 5

Vatican City, Jul 1, 2013 / 10:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ first encyclical will be published on Friday, July 5, the Vatican has announced.The encyclical was begun by Benedict XVI and finished by Pope Francis in recent months. It is entitled “Lumen Fidei,” which means “The Light of Faith.”The papal document will be presented at a press conference by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, P.S.S., prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and … [Read more...]

After crisis pregnancy, young mom finds fulfillment

Denver, Colo., Jun 30, 2013 / 04:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A 22-year-old single mom who chose life during an unplanned pregnancy says that she has found “purpose and love” in the joys and trials of motherhood.“Being a mom is definitely the road to sainthood for me; it requires total self-sacrifice, but dying to oneself through motherhood has only brought me closer to Christ,” Raquel Kato told CNA in a recent interview.Kato’s story spread on the internet last … [Read more...]

Jesus does not want ‘remote-controlled’ Christians, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 30, 2013 / 01:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Sunday Angelus address to thousands of pilgrims, Pope Francis said that Jesus does want Christians to succumb to either extreme of being self-absorbed or overly-dependent. “Jesus wants neither selfish Christians, who follow their egos and do not speak with God, nor weak Christians, without will, 'remote-controlled,'” he said. The latter are “incapable of creativity...seek ever to connect with the … [Read more...]

Eastern Catholics to commemorate St. Andrew of Crete

Denver, Colo., Jun 30, 2013 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Celebrated by Eastern Catholics of the Byzantine tradition on July 4, Saint Andrew of Crete was a seventh-and eighth-century monk, bishop, and hymn-writer. Among Eastern Christians he is best known as the author of the “Great Canon,” a lengthy prayer service traditionally offered as a penitential practice during Lent. He is also venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, where he is better known for his writings on … [Read more...]

Navy chaplain honored in Vietnam despite Communist objections

Da Nang, Vietnam, Jun 29, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Joseph Chau Ngoc Tri of Da Nang recently said Mass in honor of Father Vincent Capodanno, a U.S. chaplain killed during the Vietnam War, and encouraged his people to ask the priest's intercession.Ted Bronson, a retired Navy Captain, told CNA June 26 that Bishop Tri “is a brave bishop, fostering Capodanno under the umbrella” of Vietnamese communism.The Mass, said on June 14, marked the 55th anniversary of Fr. … [Read more...]


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