‘Mary forgave her son’s killers’: The Pope on healing in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan 14, 2015 / 03:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Marian shine during his three-day trip to Sri Lanka, Pope Francis touched on the country's brutal decades-long civil war and pointed to the Mother of God as the ultimate witness of forgiveness. “In this difficult effort to forgive and find peace, Mary is always here to encourage us, to guide us, to lead us,” the Pope said Jan. 14 at the Our Lady of Madhu shrine in Sri Lanka's Mannar district. “Just … [Read more...]

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At papal Mass in Sri Lanka, disabled man seeks ‘big blessing’

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan 13, 2015 / 11:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Among the attendees at the papal Mass in Sri Lanka on Wednesday was Romello Dias, a 20-year-old man who has been suffering major health problems for five years.“I want a big blessing for my son, (so) that he will be okay,” Dias’ father told CNA Jan. 14.Dias started having health problems after he finished ninth grade. Doctors do not know what is wrong with him.Dias’ parents brought their son to the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ full homily on Joseph Vaz, Sri Lanka’s first saint

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan 13, 2015 / 10:28 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis on Jan. 14 canonized the 17th century priest Joseph Vaz during Mass at the Galle Face Green in Sri Lanka's capital of Colombo. St. Joseph Vaz is the first canonized saint from Sri Lanka.The full text of the Pope's homily follows.Homily of the Holy Father"All the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God" (Is 52:10)This is the magnificent prophecy which we heard in today’s first reading. … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis lauds first Sri Lankan saint’s undivided love for God

Vatican City, Jan 13, 2015 / 09:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Wednesday canonized Joseph Vaz, Sri Lanka’s first saint, praising the 17th century priest’s love for the Sri Lankan people, his “missionary zeal” and his example for all Christians.“Leaving behind his home, his family, the comfort of his familiar surroundings, he responded to the call to go forth, to speak of Christ wherever he was led,” the Pope said in his homily. “Saint Joseph … [Read more...]

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Pro-life event designed with a California audience in mind

Los Angeles, Calif., Jan 13, 2015 / 07:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- It’s not going to be sunny and 70 degrees in many places in the United States on Saturday, Jan. 17, but it will be in Los Angeles.   That’s why the first-of-its-kind OneLife event will be taking place outside, beginning with a walk for life and ending with a gathering in the park complete with food trucks, talks from both local and national speakers, and a concert.   The event, meant to be a family-friendly … [Read more...]

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Scottish archbishop credits God’s grace for healing process in diocese

Edinburgh, Scotland, Jan 13, 2015 / 05:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the 2013 resignation of Cardinal Keith O'Brien as Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, his successor acknowledges the healing process for the diocese is continuing by God’s grace, but will take time. “Time is a great healer, and that is certainly helping us. But there is also the grace of God assisting us in moving on from any difficulties we might have had in the past,” Archbishop Leo Cushley … [Read more...]

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For refugees, Spanish bishops propose ‘a Church without borders’

Albacete, Spain, Jan 13, 2015 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Spanish bishops have released a message for their nation's Day of the Immigrant and Refugee, which will be held Jan. 18, entitled "A Church without borders, a Mother for all." Bishop Ciriaco Benavente Mateos of Albacete told CNA, “Today there is much talk about borders, and sometimes immigration is seen almost as an attack, but the theme of the day sums up the spirit of a Church without borders, a Church that … [Read more...]

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