Catholics’ celebration of Lunar New Year centers on family

Bangkok, Thailand, Feb 1, 2014 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- East Asian Catholics celebrating the Lunar New Year this weekend are focused on family ties and charity, particularly in the dioceses of Thailand. “Family is the nucleus and the heritage of Asian spirituality and culture,” Bishop Joseph Sirisut of Nakhon Ratchasima, a city 160 miles northeast of Bangkok, told CNA Jan. 31. He said that for some Thai Catholics, the importance of the Lunar New Year celebration is derived … [Read more...]

Evangelize with love, Pope urges missionary families

Vatican City, Feb 1, 2014 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis held an audience with missionary families from around the world Feb. 1, encouraging them to spread the gospel with great charity. “Evangelize with love, carry to all the love of God. Tell everyone you meet on the streets of your mission (and) that God loves man as he is, even with his limitations, his mistakes and his sins,” the Pope urged members of the Neocatechumenal Way. Saturday’s meeting in the Paul … [Read more...]

Pope may visit Turin in 2015 to remember St John Bosco’s birth

Turin, Italy, Feb 1, 2014 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis may visit the Italian city of Turin in 2015 for the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesians, and for an exposition of the Shroud of Turin, believed to be Christ's burial cloth. The news has been circulating this week in Turin, the saint's adopted home where he founded the Salesians, focusing on his feast day, celebrated Jan. 31. St. John Bosco dedicated himself to the betterment of … [Read more...]

NY sex trafficking ring busted days before Super Bowl

New York City, N.Y., Jan 31, 2014 / 03:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of a sex trafficking and drug ring centered in New York City were arrested after the group advertised “party packs” of drugs and sex workers in advance of the Super Bowl. “While this investigation started a while ago, we've seen a serious uptick in activities in advance of the Super Bowl,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in a Jan. 30 press conference. He explained that the … [Read more...]

Police recover stolen JPII relic, bishop forgives thieves

Rome, Italy, Jan 31, 2014 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian bishop has voiced forgiveness for those responsible for stealing a relic of the blood of Blessed Pope John Paul II, soon after police announced the relic’s recovery. “I think John Paul has forgiven them. I think we have to do the same,” Auxiliary Bishop Giovanni D’Ercole of L’Aquila said a Jan. 31 press conference.   The relic is a small square-shaped piece of cloth of John Paul II’s … [Read more...]

Archbishop urges prayer for targeted Ukraine Christians

Philadelphia, Pa., Jan 31, 2014 / 01:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia called on Catholics to pray for the Church in Ukraine during the country's recent crisis and to support U.S. restrictions on its political and business leaders. “Silence from the United States encourages oppression in Ukraine. We can't let that happen, again, to fellow believers who bore so much suffering for so many decades,” Archbishop Chaput said Jan. 30. The … [Read more...]

Giving in to temptation dulls us to harm of sin, Pope warns

Vatican City, Jan 31, 2014 / 01:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis cautioned against the danger of when falling into temptation becomes habitual, saying that it dulls our ability to recognize sin and affects others in a negative way. “This can happen to all of us. All of us are sinners and all are tempted and temptation is our daily bread,” the Pope explained in his Jan. 31 homily. Beginning his homily, addressed to those present in the Vatican’s … [Read more...]