Surprise! Pope Francis visits convents on his day off

Rieti, Italy, Aug 9, 2016 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In keeping with his spontaneous personality, Pope Francis made a surprise visit Tuesday to two convents north of Rome.The Pope visited the province of Rieti the morning of Aug. 9, stopping by the monastery of the Franciscan Sisters of Saint Philippa Mareri in Borgo San Pietro.He also visited the convent of the Benedictine Sisters of Reparation of the Holy Face of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Carsoli, which is just outside the province.He … [Read more...]

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Re-trial puts landmark Catholic sex abuse conviction in doubt

Philadelphia, Pa., Aug 9, 2016 / 04:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- There will be drama in Philadelphia.A landmark case involving Catholic officials’ response to sex abuse is planned for retrial May 1 of next year. The accused is a monsignor who was the first Catholic official convicted for his supervisory actions regarding a priest accused of abusing children.But claims of new exonerating evidence and a court’s decision to throw out the monsignor’s previous sentence make the … [Read more...]

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Pope offers message of prayer amid violent storms in Mexico

Vatican City, Aug 9, 2016 / 01:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After Tropical Storm Javier and Hurricane Earl ravaged parts of Mexico over the weekend, Pope Francis offered his prayers and closeness to all those affected by the storms.   “In the face of the grave damage caused by the hurricane which affected several areas of the country – causing numerous victims and extensive material damage – the Holy Father expresses his affection for the beloved Mexican people,” Vatican … [Read more...]

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Japan’s bishops oppose efforts to abandon pacifism in nation’s constitution

Nagasaki, Japan, Aug 9, 2016 / 11:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the shadow of the 71st anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs and the end of World War II, the Japanese bishops have warned against legislative proposals they believe will cause their nation to become further entangled in world violence.In a message signed by Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami of Nagasaki, president of the Japanese bishops’ conference,  the bishops said that “appropriate steps are required to … [Read more...]

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Meet the priest who serves the most rural parts of Papua New Guinea

Kundiawa, Papua New Guinea, Dec 18, 2016 / 10:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the deep Melanesian jungles, a native Papua New Guinea Catholic priest walks miles through the deep thick forests. He scales the country’s steep mountainous terrain to reach his remote flock and serve in the poorest parishes every weekend.“These people live in a difficult and rugged terrain. God has put them there. It is their home. All the material used to build their church was carried by their grandfathers … [Read more...]

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Pope sends condolences to victims of Pakistan hospital attack

Vatican City, Aug 9, 2016 / 04:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis offered his condolences to those affected by the “senseless and brutal” attack against a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, which left dozens dead and over a hundred injured.The Pope was “deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life” from Monday's attack, according to the telegram which was signed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.In the message, the pontiff sent his … [Read more...]

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These two game-changing Olympians are serious Catholics

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 9, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky are two of the names to know in this year's summer Olympic games in Rio.Biles, a record-shattering gymnast with a sparkling smile and bubbly energy that shines through her routines, is the U.S. gymnastics team fan favorite and the gymnast to beat for any chance at the gold."Biles competes with a joy and abandon that has been lacking in women’s gymnastics in recent years," wrote … [Read more...]

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