Pope uses Twitter to mobilize prayers for Texas victims

Vatican City, Apr 18, 2013 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis tweeted a prayer request for the victims of a fertilizer plant explosion in Texas.   “Please join me in praying for the victims of the explosion in Texas and their families," he said on the English channel of his Twitter account, which uses the handle @Pontifex.   Between five and 15 people are believed to be dead and 160 injured in the explosion that took place Wednesday night near Waco, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis appoints new bishop to Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, Mich., Apr 18, 2013 / 10:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father David J. Walkowiak, a priest of the Cleveland diocese, was appointed Bishop of Grand Rapids, Mich., on April 18 by Pope Francis.“I am grateful to Pope Francis for entrusting me with this apostolic office as bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids,” said Bishop-designate Walkowiak.“In accepting this appointment I renew my trust in the Lord who asks me to set out again on a new mission. I thank God for … [Read more...]

Without evangelization Church becomes babysitter, Pope warns

Vatican City, Apr 18, 2013 / 09:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- If Catholics do not proclaim Jesus with their lives, then the Church becomes “not the mother, but the babysitter,” Pope Francis cautioned in a homily and a separate letter to his brother bishops in Argentina. When believers share their faith, “the Church becomes a mother church that produces children (and more) children, because we, the children of the Church, we carry that. But when we do not, the Church is not the … [Read more...]

Syrian patriarch asks Vatican to increase peace efforts

Rome, Italy, Apr 18, 2013 / 05:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The most powerful Catholic leader in Syria met Pope Francis today to ask the Vatican to get more involved in bringing peace to his tortured homeland. “I think it’s time the Vatican plays a bigger role, when we hear about weapons here and there,” said Patriarch Gregory III Laham. “We want to hear the voice of the Holy Father saying, ‘This is a sin, it is against humanity,’” he told reporters … [Read more...]

School kids support seminarians through letter campaign

Blackwood, N.J., Apr 18, 2013 / 04:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic men studying to be priests have expressed their “deepest appreciation” for words and prayers of encouragement from grade school students participating in a New Jersey letter-writing campaign.“Please convey my deepest appreciation to the children and tell them to continue their prayers for us here,” one seminarian wrote. “God does indeed hear the prayers of little children.”In a project … [Read more...]

School children support seminarians through letter campaign

Blackwood, N.J., Apr 18, 2013 / 04:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic men studying to be priests have expressed their “deepest appreciation” for words and prayers of encouragement from grade school students participating in a New Jersey letter-writing campaign.“Please convey my deepest appreciation to the children and tell them to continue their prayers for us here,” one seminarian wrote. “God does indeed hear the prayers of little children.”In a project … [Read more...]

Imprisoned American pastor reportedly weak from torture

Washington D.C., Apr 18, 2013 / 02:07 am (CNA).- Human rights advocates are warning that the health of an American citizen imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith is rapidly deteriorating due to physical and psychological abuse.For months, said Jordan Sekulow, executive director for the American Center for Law and Justice, Pastor Saeed Abedini “has been suffering from internal bleeding” cause by “injuries received from the beatings in prison.”“In what could … [Read more...]


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