Sudanese woman sentenced to death re-arrested

Vatican City, Jun 24, 2014 / 07:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After having her death sentence for refusing to renounce her Christian faith revoked by a Sudanese court yesterday, Meriam Ibrahim has been re-arrested along with her husband at an airport. According to the BBC, close to 40 security officers detained Ibrahim along with her husband, Daniel Wani - who is a U.S. citizen - and their two children Tuesday at an airport in Sudan’s capitol while attempting to leave the country. Further … [Read more...]

Vatican cricket team to play Church of England in first tour

Vatican City, Jun 24, 2014 / 05:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Peter’s Cricket team begins their “Light of Faith Tour” this fall, which includes a warm-up game against a team from the Royal Household and a final match against the Anglican Church at Canterbury. “We’re very happy that we were able to organize a cricket match against the Anglican Communion,” Fr. Eamon O’Higgins told CNA during a June 24 press conference announcing the cricket team’s … [Read more...]

Saint Faustina play brings message of Divine Mercy to life

Seattle, Wash., Jun 24, 2014 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A once-obscure nun from 1930s Poland would probably be surprised to find that she is the subject of a play travelling all across the United States in 2014. But popular demand was what ultimately drove Leonardo Defilippis, founder of St. Luke productions, to create “Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy”. “It’s amazing how there’s an interest in her. She was kind of hidden (in her life), but Divine Mercy … [Read more...]

Church must reclaim its missionary identity, Italian priest says

Milan, Italy, Jun 24, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As “Ad Gentes,” the only Italian magazine dedicated to the foreign missions, suspended publication last week due to a lack of subscribers, a priest has emphasized the Church's need to embrace its missionary ideals. “We should be enthusiastic for Jesus Christ, who gave us the vocation of being missionary … we should turn back to Christ in order to bring the mission back to people,” Fr. Piero Gheddo, a … [Read more...]

Hate group’s presence shocks attendees at priest funeral

Salina, Kan., Jun 24, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Faithful who attended the funeral for Father Kenneth Walker were dismayed at the presence of picketers from the Westboro Baptist Church on June 20 near Paxico, Kansas. As mourners filed into Sacred Heart Catholic Church, members of the hate group stood nearby holding signs and singing songs in order to broadcast their message. A priest with the Fraternity of St. Peter, Fr. Walker, 28, was shot and killed while coming to the aid of Fr. Joseph … [Read more...]

Archbishop: Church must be free to imitate Christ through service

Baltimore, Md., Jun 23, 2014 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In seeking religious liberty, Catholics are seeking the freedom to serve in response to Christ’s love in the Eucharist, said the archbishop of Baltimore at the start of the 2014 Fortnight for Freedom. “May we find in the Eucharist, the source and the summit of our charity, and in that charity may we advocate by word and witness for the robust freedom of individuals and of Churches,” said  Archbishop William E. … [Read more...]

Global Eucharistic Congress in Philippines to focus on hope

Cebu, Philippines, Jun 23, 2014 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The 51st International Eucharistic Congress will be held January 2016 in the Philippines with the theme, “Jesus in us, the hope of glory.” Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila explained the theme at a press conference. “We hope in only one person. We hope in God,” he said. The Eucharistic Congress will take place Jan. 24-31 in the city of Cebu, with more than 15,000 international and local delegates … [Read more...]