After meeting Pope, daughter of immigrants reunites with father

Los Angeles, Calif., Apr 4, 2014 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The young girl who asked Pope Francis to intercede with U.S. President Barack Obama on behalf of the children of deported immigrants has been reunited with her father after a two-year separation. On March 26, 10-year-old Jersey Vargas met with Pope Francis and gave him more than 1500 letters from children with similar stories to her own. Just a few days later, on March 29, she was able to embrace her father, Mario Vargas, upon … [Read more...]

John Paul II saw prayer as first duty of Pope, reflects cardinal

Vatican City, Apr 4, 2014 / 12:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Italian Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, who was a close collaborator of Blessed John Paul II, said the future saint believed that “the first duty of the Pope was to pray for the Church and the world.” “I worked very closely with Pope John Paul II, from the beginning of his pontificate until the end,” he said.   Speaking with CNA on April 2, the ninth anniversary of the death of John Paul II, Cardinal Re … [Read more...]

Care for poor rooted in Gospel, not communism, Pope affirms

Rome, Italy, Apr 4, 2014 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a March 31 interview with communications students, Pope Francis responded to previous accusations of being a communist, explaining that his preference for the poor is in fact based in the Gospel. “I heard two months ago that a person referred to my preference for speaking about the poor, saying: 'This Pope is a communist, no?' And no, this is the banner of the Gospel, not of communism, of the Gospel,” the Pope … [Read more...]

Mozilla head’s resignation over marriage stance sparks outcry

Mountain View, Calif., Apr 4, 2014 / 08:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Critics slammed Web browser Firefox's announcement that CEO Brendan Eich resigned in wake of controversy surrounding his support of traditional marriage, calling the move intolerant of free speech.   Andrew Sullivan – founding editor of political blog “The Dish” and writer of the first national cover-story in favor of the legalization of same-sex “marriage” in 1989 – strongly … [Read more...]

Those who follow Christ will face persecution, Pope observes

Vatican City, Apr 4, 2014 / 07:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis dedicated his April 4 homily to the theme of persecution, noting that although many of the trials saints have endured still happen today, there is always hope because “Jesus is Lord.” “All the people whom the Holy Spirit chooses to tell the truth to the People of God suffer persecution,” the Pope expressed to those present in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse chapel, noting that Jesus … [Read more...]

UN registers Lebanon’s millionth Syrian refugee

Beirut, Lebanon, Apr 4, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon registered with the United Nations has now passed 1 million, as the organization’s refugee agency stresses the urgent need to fund humanitarian aid. “The extent of the human tragedy is not just the recitation of numbers,” United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees representative Ninette Kelley told reporters in Lebanon's second largest city, Tripoli, April … [Read more...]

Audit finds increase in child protection, decrease in reported cases

Washington D.C., Apr 4, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An audit of the dioceses across the United States shows an increase of more than $15 million spent on child protection efforts, and a decrease in the number of reported cases of sexual abuse. "Much work has been done to keep children in the care of the Church safe, but we must not think the work is finished," said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, in a March 1 statement on the report. “Though our promise to … [Read more...]