Mexico archdiocese investigating possible Eucharistic miracle

Mexico City, Mexico, Aug 2, 2013 / 12:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Msgr. Ramiro Valdes Sanchez, vicar general of Guadalajara, Mexico, has announced that the archdiocese is investigating a possible Eucharistic miracle that reportedly took place last week. Msgr. Valdes Sanchez said he has received instructions from the archbishop of Guadalajara, Cardinal Jose Francisco Robles Ortega, to direct the investigation.The pastor of Mary Mother of the Church, Father Jose Dolores Castellanos Gudino, … [Read more...]

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Despite reports, Vatican organizer says Rio went as planned

Rome, Italy, Aug 2, 2013 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although the media focused on some of the moments when the Pope’s security team appeared overwhelmed during the World Youth Day, one of the Vatican press office’s coordinators says just one change was made to the schedule and everything else that happened was foreseen. “In fact, Pope Francis never changed the schedule. He just added the appointment with the Argentineans, which was set in the cathedral of Rio de … [Read more...]

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Pope writes to Muslims about mutual respect

Vatican City, Aug 2, 2013 / 06:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With the end of the month of Ramadan approaching, Pope Francis decided to personally write to all Muslims as a sign of friendship and to promote greater respect between the two faiths. “This year, the first of my Pontificate, I have decided to sign this traditional message myself and to send it to you, dear friends, as an expression of esteem and friendship for all Muslims, especially those who are religious leaders,” Pope … [Read more...]

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Indian migrants in Holy Land prepare for Marian feast

Jaffa, Israel, Aug 2, 2013 / 04:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Preparations for the Feast of the Nativity of Mary this September are already underway in the Holy Land, particularly among Indian migrant workers.“Mother Mary is revered with great devotion by the Indian community as a mother and a spiritual figure of maternal protection,” said Friar Jayaseellan Pitchaimuthu OFM, head of the Indian Chaplaincy in Holy Land.She is acknowledged as the “protector and patroness” of … [Read more...]

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LA Catholics pray for victims as more sex abuse files released

Los Angeles, Calif., Aug 2, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA).- As the first set of religious orders' files on accused sex abusers in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is released, one leading priest has urged prayer for victims and continued efforts for child protection.“Please continue to pray for the victims and their families and all impacted by this terrible tragedy in the history of our Church,” said Monsignor Joseph V. Brennan, Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General for the L.A. … [Read more...]

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Teens pack 100,000 meals for poor in Africa

Atlanta, Ga., Aug 2, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA).- Participants at a youth conference in Atlanta helped feed the hungry of Burkina Faso, Africa, by volunteering to package more than 100,000 meals.“Pope Francis has said that he wants the Church to defend the poor,” said Joan Rosenhauer, executive vice president of U.S. Operations for Catholic Relief Services, which partnered with Franciscan University and Steubenville Atlanta to host the event.“He reminds us that we are part of … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis calls faithful to deeper encounters with others

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 1, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA).- In an interview with the O Globo TV network before leaving Brazil, Pope Francis emphasized the “culture of encounter” that must characterize the Church.The interview, which O Globo called historic, was taped at the Sumare House, where the Archbishop of Rio lives and where Pope Francis stayed during his visit to Brazil. It aired on Sunday evening after the Pontiff had departed for Rome.The Pope described the “warm … [Read more...]

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