How Benedict XVI’s resignation changed the papacy

Vatican City, May 30, 2016 / 06:32 am (CNA).- When Pope emeritus Benedict XVI resigned as pontiff three years ago, he added a new dimension to the papacy, said his personal secretary Archbishop Georg Ganswein.Archbishop Ganswein remains prefect of the Pontifical Household. He works closely with both Benedict and Pope Francis.The archbishop spoke about Benedict’s pontificate and its wake at a May 20 book presentation of “Oltre la crisi della Chiesa” (Beyond the … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Shevchuk on the ‘silent war’ no one cares about

Kyiv, Ukraine, May 29, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- It's a conflict that's been raging in Ukraine for two years, costing thousands of lives and displacing millions of people. But the international community seems to have largely forgotten about it.And as one who's lived in the very heart of the crisis, the leader of Ukraine's Greek Catholic Church has some ideas as to why.“Very often in international society so-called 'rich countries' are very much … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to author new book answering teens’ questions

Vatican City, May 29, 2016 / 11:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After becoming the first Pope to author a children's book earlier this year, Pope Francis will soon come out with another, based on his responses to questions posed by youth through a new online platform.Speaking at the May 27-29 World Encounter of the Directors of Scholas Occurrentes, Italian journalist and author Tiziana Lupi explained the idea behind the new book, which she said seeks to “open a door” to dialogue with … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis asks kids to join Syrian children in praying for peace

Vatican City, May 29, 2016 / 06:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Millions of children have either been killed, displaced or orphaned as a result of Syria’s ongoing, bloody civil war.Some have witnessed bombings, the death of friends and loved ones, and have been forced to leave their homes and villages, seeking refuge in places where soldiers and gunfire don’t wake them up at night.Hundreds of Syrian children, scarred by five years of civil war, will now be the … [Read more...]

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How a music professor became a papal knight

Washington D.C., May 29, 2016 / 05:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Growing up in a modest home in southern California, Leo Nestor never imagined that his love of music would one day lead to him becoming a papal knight.But that’s exactly what happened, as the outgoing music professor at The Catholic University of America received the knighthood upon his retirement, in recognition of his lifetime of work for the Church.Nestor was inducted as a Knight of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. … [Read more...]

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Want to be a good servant? Be generous, Pope Francis tells deacons

Vatican City, May 29, 2016 / 03:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis celebrated a special jubilee for deacons, telling them that a good servant is one who forgets themselves, letting go of their own plans and humbly placing their lives at the disposal of those to whom they are called to minister.One of the first steps in becoming “a good and faithful” servant is that “we are asked to be available. A servant daily learns detachment from doing everything his own way … [Read more...]

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These 61 cloistered nuns visited a prison

Santiago, Chile, May 28, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of 61 cloistered nuns from six monasteries in Santiago, Chile made an historic visit to the local Women's Prison Center to spend time with the inmates and attend Mass with them.“I don't know if in the 400 years of the history of Santiago, there has been another occasion when contemplative sisters from several monasteries joined together to celebrate the Eucharist with a group of women who are incarcerated, but who … [Read more...]

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