Defend persecuted Christians, Cardinal Dolan urges bishops

Baltimore, Md., Nov 11, 2013 / 11:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, urged his fellow bishops to be advocates of Christians persecuted for their faith around the world, encouraging prayers as well as action on their behalf. “We bishops, as shepherds of one of the most richly blessed communities of faith on the planet, as pastors who have spoken with enthusiastic unity in defense of our own religious freedom, must become … [Read more...]

Apostolic nuncio calls US bishops to deeper Christian witness

Baltimore, Md., Nov 11, 2013 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the opening of the U.S. bishops’ autumn conference, the Pope’s representative urged the diocesan shepherds to a more profound witnessing to Christ and to preserve unity amongst themselves. This is “a call to attentiveness, watchfulness and preparedness for whatever proclaiming the Gospel may mean for us as successors of the Apostles, who were called to give radical witness to their faith in Jesus Christ,” … [Read more...]

Rome sabbatical aims to renew priests through prayer, formation

Vatican City, Nov 11, 2013 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A special sabbatical program invites priests to come to the Eternal City to rest and receive classes on topics relevant in the Church today in order to give new ardor to their pastoral ministry. “We want them to stir into flame the gift they received on the ordination day, to rediscover that zeal they had,” Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo told CNA during a Nov. 8 interview. Msgr. Figueiredo is the director of the Institute for … [Read more...]

The sick are not merely ‘objects of charity,’ Pope reflects

Vatican City, Nov 11, 2013 / 05:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a meeting with an Italian organization dedicated to helping those in poor health go on pilgrimage, Pope Francis reminded the ill and infirm that they have a true role in the Church. “Dear sisters and brothers who are unwell, don't consider yourselves only as objects of solidarity and charity, but feel integrated fully into the life and the mission of the Church,” he told the members of U.N.I.T.A.L.S.I., the National … [Read more...]

Iranian prison transfer endangers pastor’s life, supporters warn

Washington D.C., Nov 10, 2013 / 04:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Iranian authorities have reportedly transferred imprisoned U.S. citizen Saeed Abedini to a dangerous prison, prompting concern from human rights groups and calls for U.S. leaders to secure the Christian pastor’s safety. “Pastor Saeed is now in one of the most dangerous wards of Rajai Shahr Prison – where violent prisoners are held, those who are imprisoned for murder and rape,” Jordan Sekulow of the American … [Read more...]

God carries our names in his heart, explains Pope

Vatican City, Nov 10, 2013 / 02:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ Sunday Angelus message emphasized the unique concern God has for every human person. “The name of God is linked to the names of men and women with whom he unites himself, and this bond is stronger than death,” the Pope told crowds in St. Peter’s Square on Nov. 10. “And so we can say that (about) the relationship of God with us, with every one us. He is the God of each of us, as he carries … [Read more...]

Pope expresses solidarity with victims of Philippines typhoon

Vatican City, Nov 10, 2013 / 06:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis sent a message of prayer and encouragement to those who were affected by the huge storm that swept across the Philippines on Friday. Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin sent a telegram on behalf of the Pontiff to the Philippine president, Benigno Aquino III, on Nov. 10, saying, “Deeply saddened by the destruction and loss of life caused by the super typhoon, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses his … [Read more...]


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