Pope opens trip to Holy Land with appeal for religious freedom, peace

Amman, Jordan, May 24, 2014 / 06:57 am (CNA).- Today Pope Francis began his pilgrimage to the Holy Land by visiting with the authorities in the kingdom of Jordan, urging them to support efforts for peace amongst Christians and Muslims. “Religious freedom is in fact a fundamental human right and I cannot fail to express my hope that it will be upheld throughout the Middle East and the entire world,” said Pope Francis on May 24 in the Royal Palace of Amman, Jordan. Pope Francis … [Read more...]

Pope’s presence at sepulcher a step toward unity, journalist says

Jerusalem, Israel, May 24, 2014 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In light of centuries-old property divisions within the Holy Sepulcher, a Vatican journalist who lived in the Holy Land has expressed that locals welcome Pope Francis’ visit as moving in the direction of peace. “They all long for peace, they long for peace within very crucial situations between Israel and Palestine,” Paul Badde told CNA May 24, adding that although the Pope himself cannot do much in terms of … [Read more...]

Austrian couple excommunicated for simulating Mass

Vienna, Austria, May 23, 2014 / 04:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Austrian bishop has announced that a married couple, including a leader with a dissenting Catholic organization, have excommunicated themselves for simulating a celebration of a Mass. Bishop Manfred Scheuer of Innsbruck has announced the “self-excommunication” of Martha and Gert Heizer. He cited their announcement of holding “private celebrations of the Eucharist without a priest.” “I believe that … [Read more...]

UN report shows reform efforts in Church, observers say

Washington D.C., May 23, 2014 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A U.N. anti-torture committee’s report on the Holy See recognized Church efforts to combat sex abuse, but some problems in the committee’s approach risk undermining international treaty agreements, observers said. “It is encouraging to see the Committee Against Torture affirm and praise the important reforms the Church has put into place to protect children and its ongoing commitment to those reforms,” Ashley … [Read more...]

Holy See did not violate torture convention, UN committee says

Geneva, Switzerland, May 23, 2014 / 01:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A U.N. anti-torture committee report has said that the Holy See did not violate the international Convention Against Torture. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the apostolic nuncio leading the Holy See’s permanent observer mission to the United Nations in Geneva, told Vatican Radio the committee’s observations are “an acknowledgement of the good faith efforts of the Holy See to comply (with) always and to advance the … [Read more...]

The Official Motto of Pope’s Pilgrimage: ‘That they may be one’

Jerusalem, Israel, May 23, 2014 / 01:36 pm (CNA).- The leaders of the Catholic communities in Israel, Jordan and Cyprus have chosen the logo and motto for the Pope's pilgrimage which will begin on Saturday, May 24. The motto is ¨That they may be one¨ and the logo presents the two Apostles and brothers Saint Peter and Saint Andrew embracing. The Holy Land Review reports that the logo and motto were presented at the recent Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land, celebrated … [Read more...]

CNA will bring your prayer intentions to the Holy Land

Jerusalem, Israel, May 23, 2014 / 01:28 pm (CNA).- CNA's special coverage team has arrived in the Holy Land for Pope Francis' historic visit. This weekend they will be bringing the prayer intentions of our readers to Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre. Readers who wish to share their intentions can write them in the comment section of this page. Those that follow CNA on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram can also do so by using the hashtag #CNAprayer with their intention. In addition, … [Read more...]


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