Pope Francis will likely meet Fidel Castro during Cuba visit

Vatican City, Sep 15, 2015 / 06:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While Pope Francis is in Cuba next week chances are high that he will meet with former president Fidel Castro, though no specific time has been set, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has announced. Anticipating questions on whether a meeting between the Pope and the former Cuban president would happen, Fr. Lombardi said that “in all likelihood it's very predictable that it will happen, clearly during the day in … [Read more...]

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European bishops visit Holy Land to show solidarity and seek hope

Jerusalem, Israel, Sep 15, 2015 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- European bishops are gathering in the Holy Land Sept. 11-16 to show closeness to Christians in the Middle East and to trace a path of hope for them, in an unprecented assembly.   “We are here to rediscover the source of our identity as people of God and of our mission as successors of the Apostles,” Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest said Sept. 11. Cardinal Erdo is president of the Council of the European … [Read more...]

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Knock knock. Who’s there? Pope Francis, apparently.

New York City, N.Y., Sep 15, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope, a priest, and Bill Murray walk into a bar… Just kidding. Sort of. But if you can come up with a funny ending to that joke, you should “donate” it to the just-launched Joke with the Pope campaign, sponsored by the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States. The campaign is an effort to raise awareness and funds for three pontifical missions throughout the world, just ahead of Pope … [Read more...]

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Here’s your best chance to see Pope Francis in DC

Washington D.C., Sep 15, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- All official events for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Washington, D.C. are ticketed, but there is a new opportunity for the public to see the Pope without needing a ticket. After his visit to the White House on the morning of Sept. 23, Pope Francis will step into the Popemobile for a parade around The Ellipse on the south side of the White House, and onto the National Mall. Viewers can line the sides of the route to see Pope … [Read more...]

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As the cross is lifted high, we must bring ourselves low, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2015 / 03:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Today’s feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross reminds us that the way of Christ and his followers is one of humble surrender, Pope Francis said in his homily on Monday. “(I)f a Christian wants to make progress on the path of the Christian life, he must lower himself, as Jesus lowered himself: this is the path of humility,” the Holy Father said during his Sept. 14 Mass at the chapel of the Saint Martha guesthouse in … [Read more...]

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Blessed Benedict Daswa: the South African martyred for rejecting witchcraft

Tzaneen, South Africa, Sep 14, 2015 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Benedict Daswa, a South African catechist whose Christian opposition to witchcraft led to his murder in 1990, was beatified on Sunday as Catholic leaders praised his heroic witness to the faith. Pope Francis in his beatification decree described him as “a zealous Catechist, all-round educator who gave heroic witness to the gospel, even to the shedding of blood.” When Daswa was declared blessed at the Sept. 13 … [Read more...]

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Resolution introduced in Congress to call Islamic State atrocities ‘genocide’

Washington D.C., Sep 14, 2015 / 11:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of Congress introduced a resolution on Thursday to label the atrocities committed by the Islamic State against Christians and other religious minorities “genocide.” “Christians in Iraq and Syria are hanging on in the face of the Islamic State’s barbarous onslaught. This is genocide,” stated Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), who helped introduce the resolution. Fortenberry is co-chair of the … [Read more...]

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