‘Superpope’ artist acclaims Pope Francis as a true hero

Vatican City, Jan 29, 2014 / 10:02 am (CNA).- Artist Mauro Pallotta revealed that his viral depiction of Pope Francis as a superhero was done to portray how the pontiff uses his papal authority “for the good.” “I thought of representing this Pope, Francis, as a super hero of the Marvel (Heroes), simply because, according to me, he is one of the few people who, having a real power as a Pope, he uses it for the good like the superheroes of the American Marvel,” Pallotta … [Read more...]

Pope: confirmation gives us the strength to defend the faith

Vatican City, Jan 29, 2014 / 07:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Wednesday audience, Pope Francis reflected on the sacrament of confirmation, explaining that it is intrinsically linked to our baptism, and that through it our relationship with the Church is fortified. “It unites us more firmly to Christ,” the Pope said in his Jan. 29 general audience, referring to the Sacrament of Confirmation, “it strengthens our relationship with the Church and it gives us a special strength … [Read more...]

Pakistani blasphemy law a threat to all religions, chairman says

Vatican City, Jan 29, 2014 / 05:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a special round-table meeting last week, various professionals gathered to raise awareness of Pakistan’s extension of the death-penalty for persons who commit crimes against the Koran. “The consequences of this legislation has been anger against Christians or any other religious believers,” Luca Volonté told CNA in a Jan. 21 interview, “there could be any assault against any normal idea of religious … [Read more...]

Calif. archbishop says pro-life walk shows movement’s strength

San Francisco, Calif., Jan 29, 2014 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Walk for Life West Coast held each year in San Francisco is an important opportunity for those in the western U.S. to demonstrate their solidarity with the unborn, according to the city's archbishop. “The main purpose it serves is for those who can't get back to Washington for the March for Life, that we're still able to gather all of us together...and by virtue of our numbers, bear witness to the strength … [Read more...]

Ukraine protests seek to defend human rights, bishop reflects

Kiev, Ukraine, Jan 29, 2014 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading Ukrainian Greek Catholic bishop has denounced the “brutality” of government crackdowns on protests in the Ukraine, while urging protestors not to take up arms. “The country, in somewhat traumatic ways, is trying to break the bonds of the past and the bonds of fear and subjugation by declaring the God-given dignity of every human being,” said Bishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy … [Read more...]

Church in Papua New Guinea warns against sorcery, violence

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Jan 29, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Observing World Communications Day, Papua New Guinea Catholics gathered with local media to discuss charges of sorcery there, which often end in violence against the accused. “Church and Media – A Joint Reflection on Sorcery” was held Jan. 24, the feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalists, in Boroko, a suburb of the capital, Port Moresby. The social communications office of the … [Read more...]

Economy dominates 2014 State of the Union address

Washington D.C., Jan 28, 2014 / 10:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Economic inequality was a major focus of U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address, delivered Jan. 28 to members of Congress and to the nation. The president criticized the economic gap between “those at the top” and those “working too hard just to get by.” He called for the support of “entrepreneurs and small business owners” to help bolster “middle class … [Read more...]


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