Priest hopes papal visit will nurture fledgling Albanian Church

Tirana, Albania, Sep 19, 2014 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Albania could encourage the leaders of the Catholic Church in a nation with a long history of religious persecution and political domination, said a priest in the country. Father Don Carlo Lorenzo Rossetti, a Fidei donum priest from the Diocese of Rome, has been based in Albania since 2003. In a Sept. 17 interview with Aid to the Church in Need, Fr. Rossetti said that despite significant challenges … [Read more...]

Marriage prep begins at home, Bishop Conley says

Lincoln, Neb., Sep 19, 2014 / 07:33 am (CNA).- Preparation for the sacrament of Holy Matrimony begins with family life in the home long before a couple has met, said Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb., and this fact cannot be overlooked in addressing the prevalence of divorce. “I’ve learned in nearly thirty years of ministry, that no priest can adequately prepare a couple for marriage in the months he spends with them before the wedding,” he said in a Sept. 19 column for … [Read more...]

Catholic CrossFit gym lifts Colo. priests

Denver, Colo., Sep 19, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic CrossFit gym in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, is bringing a whole new meaning to redemptive suffering. Oversized white boards typical to CrossFit gyms hang on the walls of Divine Mercy Fitness. Not so typical to CrossFit gyms are the prayer intentions scrawled across the board alongside the description of the day's workout. “You can offer up your suffering during the workout for souls,” explained member Father … [Read more...]

NY cardinal: parade decision is matter of gay identity vs action

New York City, N.Y., Sep 19, 2014 / 02:14 am (CNA).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan has clarified his support for the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, while acknowledging some remaining concerns amid the controversy over the parade’s decision to include an LGBT advocacy group. “I share the hope of the organizers that the March 17 parade will be loyal to its proud heritage of celebrating Irish identity, culture, and contributions – all a beautiful part of Catholicism … [Read more...]

Crisis pregnancy center film praised at UN Women’s Guild screening

New York City, N.Y., Sep 19, 2014 / 12:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A film based on the true story of hope offered to a young woman in a crisis pregnancy received positive reviews after its screening at the United Nations in New York on Sept. 11. The screening of “Gimme Shelter” was sponsored by the U.N. Women's Guild, whose mission is to help children in need throughout the world. U.N. Ambassadors and their wives were invited to attend the screening. Long-standing member of the … [Read more...]

Spanish youth call on government to keep pro-life promises

Madrid, Spain, Sep 18, 2014 / 09:29 pm (CNA).- A pro-life youth organization in Spain is asking the government to move forward with its reform of the country’s abortion laws, saying young people will oppose the party if it does not keep it’s pro-life pledges. Alvaro Ortega, president of the pro-life youth group +Vida, warned Spanish president Mariano Rajoy that if his government does not keep its promise to reform the country’s abortion law in order to grant protection to … [Read more...]

San Diego bishop remembered for Christian example in life, death

San Diego, Calif., Sep 18, 2014 / 06:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- San Diego’s late Bishop Cirilo Flores was “a man of the Beatitudes” with a deep affection for the people of his diocese, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles said at the bishop’s Sept. 17 funeral Mass. “We thank God today for the life of our brother and friend, Bishop Cirilo. What a beautiful example he was for all of us,” Archbishop Gomez said in his homily at Saint Therese of Carmel Church in … [Read more...]


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