Salt Lake City bishop appointed to New Mexico archdiocese

Salt Lake City, Utah, Apr 27, 2015 / 11:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Monday, Pope Francis appointed Bishop John Wester, who has led the Diocese of Salt Lake City since 2007 and is known for speaking out on the importance of immigration reform, as Archbishop of Santa Fe. “Bishop Wester will bring wonderful gifts to the people of the historic Archdiocese of Santa Fe. His Episcopal motto, Abide in Christ, reflects his pastoral heart that so graciously embraces others, with special concern … [Read more...]

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Death with dignity: A friend recalls last minutes of John Paul II’s life

Rome, Italy, Apr 27, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A once avid outdoors-man whose final years were marked by disability and suffering, Saint John Paul II witnessed to what it truly means to die with dignity, says a close friend who was with him until the end.   “He gave us tranquility and peace even up to the last day,” Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, who was present at the Polish pope's death ten years ago, told CNA in an interview. “He restored dignity to … [Read more...]

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Ireland’s defense of marriage leaders speak up for mothers, fathers, children

Dublin, Ireland, Apr 26, 2015 / 03:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Opponents of a referendum that would recognize “gay marriage” in Ireland face an uphill fight, but one commentator says they can win if people are willing to speak up and focus on the need for children to have a mother and a father. “I think civil marriage is a really critical institution for upholding the common good – specifically the good of children being raised by their own mother and father in a lifelong … [Read more...]

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Pope to new priests: Don’t be a peacock

Vatican City, Apr 26, 2015 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis presided over the ordination of nearly twenty men to the priesthood on Sunday, where he warned them against being vain priests who live first for their own pleasure rather than for God’s.“A priest is ugly who lives for his own pleasure,” Pope Francis said, adding that such a priest “acts like a peacock.”Pope Francis presided over the Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Apr. 26, during which … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis assures Nepal earthquake survivors of his closeness and prayers

Kathmandu, Nepal, Apr 26, 2015 / 10:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis led the crowds gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for the weekly Regina Caeli address in praying for the victims of Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal which has claimed thousands of lives.“I wish to express my closeness to the populations struck by a powerful earthquake in Nepal and in neighboring countries,” he said, moments after reciting the Marian prayer. “I pray for the victims, for the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis talks about his soccer ‘skills’

Vatican City, Apr 26, 2015 / 06:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is a well-known soccer fan. His favorite team is San Lorenzo de Almagro, one of the most important teams in Argentina, and the Pope still keeps his associate membership card for the team.But what was unknown until now is that when he was a young boy the future Pope was a “patadura”--someone who is not very good at kicking the ball. He himself admitted this in a brief interview with the online sports news site TyC … [Read more...]

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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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