Pope Francis to meet with Vladimir Putin

Rome, Italy, Nov 11, 2013 / 03:48 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Nov. 25 at the Vatican, according to the director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi.On the following day, the Pontiff will meet with the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano.The first meeting between Pope Francis and the Russian president comes after the Holy Father sent Putin a letter on Sept. 5, at the opening of the G-20 summit, calling on the … [Read more...]

New bishop in England looks forward to working with poor, weak

Plymouth, England, Nov 11, 2013 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Monsignor Mark O'Toole, whom Pope Francis appointed Bishop of Plymouth on Saturday, has said he is humbled by the appointment and that the Roman Pontiff's example will help form his ministry there. “Recognising that I am a sinner who experiences the love and mercy of the Lord Jesus, I embrace with my whole self this deeper call to service in His Church,” the bishop elect said Nov. 9. “I know that the … [Read more...]

Defend persecuted Christians, Cardinal Dolan urges bishops

Baltimore, Md., Nov 11, 2013 / 11:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, urged his fellow bishops to be advocates of Christians persecuted for their faith around the world, encouraging prayers as well as action on their behalf.“We bishops, as shepherds of one of the most richly blessed communities of faith on the planet, as pastors who have spoken with enthusiastic unity in defense of our own religious freedom, must become … [Read more...]

Apostolic nuncio calls US bishops to deeper Christian witness

Baltimore, Md., Nov 11, 2013 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the opening of the U.S. bishops’ autumn conference, the Pope’s representative urged the diocesan shepherds to a more profound witnessing to Christ and to preserve unity amongst themselves.This is “a call to attentiveness, watchfulness and preparedness for whatever proclaiming the Gospel may mean for us as successors of the Apostles, who were called to give radical witness to their faith in Jesus Christ,” … [Read more...]

Rome sabbatical aims to renew priests through prayer, formation

Vatican City, Nov 11, 2013 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A special sabbatical program invites priests to come to the Eternal City to rest and receive classes on topics relevant in the Church today in order to give new ardor to their pastoral ministry. “We want them to stir into flame the gift they received on the ordination day, to rediscover that zeal they had,” Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo told CNA during a Nov. 8 interview. Msgr. Figueiredo is the director of the Institute for … [Read more...]

The sick are not merely ‘objects of charity,’ Pope reflects

Vatican City, Nov 11, 2013 / 05:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a meeting with an Italian organization dedicated to helping those in poor health go on pilgrimage, Pope Francis reminded the ill and infirm that they have a true role in the Church. “Dear sisters and brothers who are unwell, don't consider yourselves only as objects of solidarity and charity, but feel integrated fully into the life and the mission of the Church,” he told the members of U.N.I.T.A.L.S.I., the National … [Read more...]

Iranian prison transfer endangers pastor’s life, supporters warn

Washington D.C., Nov 10, 2013 / 04:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Iranian authorities have reportedly transferred imprisoned U.S. citizen Saeed Abedini to a dangerous prison, prompting concern from human rights groups and calls for U.S. leaders to secure the Christian pastor’s safety.“Pastor Saeed is now in one of the most dangerous wards of Rajai Shahr Prison – where violent prisoners are held, those who are imprisoned for murder and rape,” Jordan Sekulow of the American … [Read more...]


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