Schedule of events: Mother Angelica’s funeral

Irondale, Ala., Mar 27, 2016 / 09:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), passed away on March 27 after a lengthy struggle with the aftereffects of a stroke. She was 92 years old.Below is the schedule of events surrounding Mother Angelica’s funeral:  Monday, March 287 a.m. Memorial Mass from the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Irondale, Ala.2 p.m. … [Read more...]

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Mother Angelica, foundress of EWTN, dies on Easter

Irondale, Ala., Mar 27, 2016 / 06:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church in the United States has lost the Poor Clare nun who changed the face of Catholicism in the United States and around the world. Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), passed away on March 27 after a lengthy struggle with the aftereffects of a stroke. She was 92 years old.“Mother has always and will always personify EWTN, the network that God asked her … [Read more...]

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Christian Easter celebrations targeted in Pakistan suicide bombing

Lahore, Pakistan, Mar 27, 2016 / 02:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A crowded park in Lahore, Pakistan where Christian families were celebrating Easter Sunday was the site of an apparent suicide bombing that left at least 65 dead and 300 wounded. Many women and children were among those killed and injured, reports said.A local branch of the Taliban claimed responsibility for the March 27 attack at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park.Lahore’s top administration official, Muhammad Usman, told AFP that … [Read more...]

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Pope prays for victims of terror strike at Iraq football stadium

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2016 / 06:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has sent a his condolences following the suicide attack against a football stadium in Iskanderiyah, Iraq which killed more than 30 people last week, many of them young boys.The Pope was “saddened by the news of the great loss of life” caused by the attack, said the message which was addressed to Archbishop, Alberto Ortega Martín Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq, and signed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal … [Read more...]

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Pope: Easter message brings hope to victims of terrorism, persecution

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2016 / 05:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Urbi et Orbi message for Easter, Pope Francis encouraged victims of terrorism and Christian persecution to find hope in the Lord’s resurrection.By rising from the dead, Jesus has “triumphed over evil and sin,” the Pope said to the crowds which filled St. Peter’s Square. “May he draw us closer on this Easter feast to the victims of terrorism, that blind and brutal form of violence which continues to … [Read more...]

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Let yourselves be moved by hope, Pope says at Easter Vigil

Vatican City, Mar 26, 2016 / 03:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During the Easter Vigil, Pope Francis told attendees not to be overcome by sadness in the face of life’s difficulties, but to be open to hope, which is not the absence of problems, but is a gift from God when we allow him to enter our lives.“We, like Peter and the women, cannot discover life by being sad, bereft of hope,” the Pope said March 26.He urged the faithful not to “stay imprisoned within ourselves, but … [Read more...]

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Italy’s ‘bleeding thorn’ marks the coincidence of Good Friday, Annunciation

Andria, Italy, Mar 25, 2016 / 06:38 pm (CNA).- A single thorn held to have been taken from Christ's crown of thorns that traditionally 'bleeds' each time that Good Friday falls on March 25, has done so again this year.Bishop Raffaele Calabro, Bishop Emeritus of Andria in Italy's Apulia region, confirmed today that the thorn has bled.“The miracle has started, the wonder is underway,” Bishop Calabro stated.The thorn has been kept in a reliquary in Andria's … [Read more...]

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