There is no confirmation that Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was crucified on Good Friday

Aden, Yemen, Mar 28, 2016 / 10:24 am (CNA).- Reports claiming that a kidnapped priest in Yemen was crucified over the weekend are likely false and irresponsible, the local bishop told CNA Monday.Several blogs and media outlets are reporting that Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was crucified by ISIS on Good Friday. However, there has been no confirmation of the event by friends, family or Fr. Uzhunnalil’s community.The original reports were based on a statement Austrian Cardinal Christoph … [Read more...]

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Pope condemns ‘cowardly’ attack on Pakistani Christians

Vatican City, Mar 28, 2016 / 04:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Monday mourned the loss of life in Pakistan, where more than 70 people – mostly women and children -- were killed Sunday after a suicide attack on Christians who were celebrating Easter at a public park.Speaking during his Regina Caeli address for Easter Monday, the Pope expressed his “closeness to those affected by this cowardly and senseless crime,” and called those present to to pray for the victims … [Read more...]

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‘The shenanigans’ at Mother Angelica’s first vows

Irondale, Ala., Nov 20, 2016 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If you picture a nun's first profession of vows, you probably picture a serene, peaceful affair with the sisters singing harmoniously and everything running joyfully and smoothly.But the day of Mother Angelica's first vows was anything but.Outside, a blizzard spit snow and ice, snarling roads and delaying the guests and the presiding Bishop James McFadden.Inside, different storms were brewing.As then-Sister Angelica knelt … [Read more...]

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Schedule of events: Mother Angelica’s funeral

Irondale, Ala., Mar 27, 2016 / 09:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), passed away on March 27 after a lengthy struggle with the aftereffects of a stroke. She was 92 years old.Below is the schedule of events surrounding Mother Angelica’s funeral:  Monday, March 287 a.m. Memorial Mass from the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Irondale, Ala.2 p.m. … [Read more...]

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Mother Angelica, foundress of EWTN, dies on Easter

Irondale, Ala., Mar 27, 2016 / 06:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church in the United States has lost the Poor Clare nun who changed the face of Catholicism in the United States and around the world. Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), passed away on March 27 after a lengthy struggle with the aftereffects of a stroke. She was 92 years old.“Mother has always and will always personify EWTN, the network that God asked her … [Read more...]

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Christian Easter celebrations targeted in Pakistan suicide bombing

Lahore, Pakistan, Mar 27, 2016 / 02:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A crowded park in Lahore, Pakistan where Christian families were celebrating Easter Sunday was the site of an apparent suicide bombing that left at least 65 dead and 300 wounded. Many women and children were among those killed and injured, reports said.A local branch of the Taliban claimed responsibility for the March 27 attack at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park.Lahore’s top administration official, Muhammad Usman, told AFP that … [Read more...]

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Pope prays for victims of terror strike at Iraq football stadium

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2016 / 06:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has sent a his condolences following the suicide attack against a football stadium in Iskanderiyah, Iraq which killed more than 30 people last week, many of them young boys.The Pope was “saddened by the news of the great loss of life” caused by the attack, said the message which was addressed to Archbishop, Alberto Ortega Martín Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq, and signed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal … [Read more...]

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