Pope Francis will give Gospels to the imprisoned for Holy Week

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2014 / 10:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See announced earlier today that those incarcerated at the Roman prison “Regina Coeli” will receive a pocket-sized copy of the Gospels as a gift from Pope Francis for Easter. According to the Vatican’s announcement, 1200 copies of the small Gospels will be delivered to the “Regina Coeli” prison on Wednesday of Holy Week, the day before the Easter Triduum begins. It is the same copy that the Pope … [Read more...]

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‘I can’t leave my people’: Priest killed in Syria hailed as martyr

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2014 / 07:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Days after Dutch priest Fr. Frans van der Lugt S.J. was murdered in Syria, a close young friend recalled his saintly life, noting both his personal holiness and extraordinary advances in Christian-Muslim relations. Wael Salibi, 26, recalled how when the Christian area in Homs was taken over by rebels, 66,000 of the faithful "left their home, and just few of them stayed there. He was the only priest, he stayed in his … [Read more...]

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John XXIII and the beginning of the fall of the Iron Curtain

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While Pope, Bl. John XXIII began a dialogue with the Soviet Union that led to the eventual fall of the Iron Curtain during the pontificate of his successor John Paul II, both of whom will be canonized April 27. In 1961, the birthday of “Good Pope John” became the occasion for the first communication between the Soviet Union and the Vatican since the October Revolution of 1917. Semen Kozyrev, the Soviet ambassador to Italy, … [Read more...]

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Pauline monk appointed bishop of rural Australian diocese

Forbes, Australia, Apr 15, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis appointed Saturday Fr. Columba Macbeth-Green, a Pauline Father, as Bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes, a rural diocese in the Australian state of New South Wales. “If someone told me a month ago that I would be appointed Bishop of the Wilcannia-Forbes diocese, I would have said they were joking. I still can't believe it's actually happened,” Fr. Macbeth-Green said April 12. “When I became a monk I … [Read more...]

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Amid backlash after resignation, Mozilla says it respects diverse views

Mountain View, Calif., Apr 15, 2014 / 12:57 am (CNA).- The controversial resignation of Mozilla Corporation CEO Brendan Eich prompted thousands of negative comments at the Web browser company’s website, though the company now says it accepts those who do not support a redefinition of marriage. Since Eich’s April 3 resignation from Mozilla, the producer of the popular Firefox Web browser, tens of thousands of people have left negative comments on the Firefox feedback page. Many … [Read more...]

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Colo. Senate considers ‘extraordinarily broad’ abortion bill

Denver, Colo., Apr 14, 2014 / 09:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Colorado Senate committee has advanced legislation that could bar any new pro-life laws in the state, prompting criticism that the bill is extreme and would prevent reasonable health and safety-based regulations.   Jenny Kraska, executive director of the Colorado Catholic Conference, said the bill would “set back the pro-life cause in Colorado greatly.” “Not only would it undo good prolife laws that we … [Read more...]

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Pope expresses solidarity, comfort for fire victims in Chile

Vatican City, Apr 14, 2014 / 07:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis voiced his spiritual closeness to all those affected by the fire in Valparaíso, Chile, that so far has left 12 dead and has destroyed some 2,000 homes. A telegram sent by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin to Bishop Gonzalo Duarte García de Cortázar of Valparaíso explained that the Pope is “offering prayers for the deceased in this grave disaster, and at the same time share … [Read more...]

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