For filmmakers, ‘Little Boy’ moved mountains of its own

Hollywood, Calif., Apr 25, 2015 / 03:54 pm (CNA).- A new film from award-winning writer and director Alejandro Monteverde proved to not only tell a story of faith, but to strengthen the faith of those working on it as well. “It was going to be a very, very difficult film to produce, but at the same time we were in love with the story which is about believing in the impossible,” said Eduardo Verastegui, one of the film’s producers and stars, known for his role in the 2006 … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Kurtz on March for Marriage: Sacrament is much more than “adult friendship”

Washington D.C., Apr 25, 2015 / 02:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A diverse crowd of thousands of people from across the U.S. gathered in front of the US Capitol to speak and stand in defense of marriage on Saturday.“We have too long taken for granted the gift of marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky. and President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops told CNA.The Archbishop cautioned that society’s view of seeing marriage … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis offers prayers for victims of massive Nepal earthquake

Kathmandu, Nepal, Apr 25, 2015 / 10:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is praying for the victims of a massive earthquake that shook Nepal and surrounding areas in Kathmandu Valley on Saturday morning, according to a report from Vatican Radio. The earthquake measured a 7.9 on the Richter Scale and wreaked havoc on the densely populated area, where officials fear the death toll could surpass 1,000, and the number of injured could be more than 1,700, according to reports from … [Read more...]

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A shepherd who smelled like his sheep – Chicago faithful pay final respects to Cardinal George

Chicago, Ill., Apr 25, 2015 / 05:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Cardinal Francis George of Chicago was laid to rest Thursday, religious and lay members of the archdiocese revered him as a caring shepherd who wouldn’t let cancer get in the way of his ministry. Sister Mary Paul of the Daughters of Divine Love, an international women’s religious order with a congregation in the Archdiocese of Chicago, recounted how Cardinal George’s predecessor, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, had … [Read more...]

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Armenian genocide beckons for a new start in Turkey, historian says

Rome, Italy, Apr 24, 2015 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the day marking 100 years since the systematic killing of over a million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman authorities, a Catholic historian insists that peaceful coexistence is possible today in Turkey. “It is very important today to celebrate the centenary of the Armenian genocide because history has shown without doubt that this genocide happened,” Marco Impagliazzo told CNA April 23. However, from the memory of this … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis meets with gay French ambassador nominee

Vatican City, Apr 24, 2015 / 11:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis met April 17 with Laurent Stefanini, the openly gay foreign service officer named by France to be ambassador to the Vatican. News of the private audience, which was kept strictly confidential, was reported April 22 by the French magazine Le Canard Enchainé, although the magazine said that the meeting took place April 18. A source from the Vatican Secretariat of State told CNA that the meeting actually took place in the late … [Read more...]

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New Greensburg bishop seeks to emulate Francis’ focus on mercy

Vatican City, Apr 24, 2015 / 05:14 am (CNA).- The Vatican announced Friday that Fr. Edward C. Malesic of Harrisburg, Penn. has been nominated to lead the Greensburg diocese, a role he wishes to carry out by imitating Pope Francis’ compassion. In a prepared April 24 statement Fr. Malesic said he was both honored and humbled by Pope Francis’ decision to appoint him as the fifth bishop of Greensburg, Penn., according to the Harrisburg diocese’s website. The bishop-elect … [Read more...]

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