WYD panel discusses worldwide state of religious freedom

Krakow, Poland, Jul 29, 2016 / 10:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The day after a priest was brutally murdered in France, a panel at World Youth Day in Poland discussed the importance of religious freedom worldwide.The panel left an Iraqi archbishop deeply impressed at how Catholic youth from around the world \are not only aware of the persecution of Christians – particularly in the Middle East – at the hands of ISIS, but are anxious to demonstrate their solidarity.Archbishop Bashar … [Read more...]

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WYD panel discusses worldwide state of religious freedom

Krakow, Poland, Jul 29, 2016 / 10:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The day after a priest was brutally murdered in France, a panel at World Youth Day in Poland discussed the importance of religious freedom worldwide.The panel left an Iraqi archbishop deeply impressed at how Catholic youth from around the world \are not only aware of the persecution of Christians – particularly in the Middle East – at the hands of ISIS, but are anxious to demonstrate their solidarity.Archbishop Bashar … [Read more...]

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The Pope’s powerful words at a children’s hospital in Poland

Krakow, Poland, Jul 29, 2016 / 09:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis paid a visit to the patients of a children's hospital in Krakow on Friday, where he expressed his solidarity with the sick and lauded the hospital in its caring for “the smallest and most needy,” showing his gratitude to those present for “this sign of love.”“To serve with love and tenderness persons who need our help makes all of us grow in humanity. It opens before us the way to eternal … [Read more...]

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At Auschwitz, Pope prays for God’s forgiveness

Krakow, Poland, Jul 29, 2016 / 05:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis paid a solemn visit to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps on Friday, where over a million people are believed to have lost their lives. At the memorials, he gave no speech and prayed in silence, but instead wrote in the guest book two simple lines begging for God's mercy and forgiveness."Lord have mercy on your people! Lord, forgiveness for so much cruelty!" the Pope wrote in the “Memory … [Read more...]

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At Auschwitz, Pope prays for God’s forgiveness

Krakow, Poland, Jul 29, 2016 / 05:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis paid a solemn visit to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps on Friday, where over a million people are believed to have lost their lives. At the memorials, he gave no speech and prayed in silence, but instead wrote in the guest book two simple lines begging for God's mercy and forgiveness."Lord have mercy on your people! Lord, forgiveness for so much cruelty!" the Pope wrote in the “Memory … [Read more...]

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Japan knife attack shows disabled persons ‘have to be protected’

Yokohama, Japan, Jul 29, 2016 / 05:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following Tuesday's mass killing at a care home in Japan for persons with mental disabilities, one of the country's bishops has said the incident demonstrates the need for such persons to be valued and protected by society.“Disabled people have to be protected,” Bishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi of Niigata told CNA.He added: “A society which will not protect the weak has no respect for human dignity.”In … [Read more...]

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At Baseball Hall of Fame, Mets star gives thanks for Catholic faith

New York City, N.Y., Jul 29, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Mike Piazza, the newest inductee of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, has given a shout-out to Pope Benedict XVI and his mother Veronica.“She gave me the gift of my Catholic faith, which has had a profound impact on my career and has given me patience, compassion and hope,” Piazza said in his induction speech Sunday.“Pope Benedict XVI said, ‘One who has hope, lives differently.’ Mom, you raised … [Read more...]

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