Pope’s visit to Vatican departments a ‘beautiful experience,’ official says

Vatican City, May 22, 2015 / 07:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday Pope Francis began making stops at different departments of the Roman Curia – the first in a series of visits. Today’s rounds included four different offices.   A Vatican official from one of the departments the Pope stopped in to during his May 22 round of visits told CNA afterward that the pontiff gave them “general reflections about what our work entails.”   Francis also responded to some … [Read more...]

This little boy still can’t talk or move – but his mother has never been happier

Santiago, Chile, May 22, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Constanza Saavedra spends 24 hours a day devoted to her son Ignacio, or “Nachito” as she affectionately calls him. He's only seven years-old and suffers from a serious congenital muscular condition that prevents him from breathing on his own. He depends on a respirator to survive. When he was born on August 17, 2008 in Santiago, Chile, the midwives advised the family not to get emotionally attached to him because he … [Read more...]

Rabbi: Vatican II’s interreligious document was ‘life-saving’

Washington D.C., May 22, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A 50 year-old declaration of the Second Vatican Council established a new era in Christian-Jewish relations and enabled members of both religions to unite against present-day secularism, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York reflected on Wednesday. Nostra aetate, the council's declaration on the relation of the Church to non-Christian religions, acknowledged what is true and holy in other religions, particularly Judaism, and began a … [Read more...]

Nebraska bishops praise move to repeal death penalty

Lincoln, Neb., May 21, 2015 / 05:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nebraska’s Catholic bishops on Wednesday praised the Nebraska legislature’s veto-proof vote to end the death penalty, saying  capital punishment “cannot be justified” in the state at present. The bishops said their support for the bill was based on Catholic teaching and their prudential judgement that the death penalty is now unjustifiable. Their support “also flows from our prayerful reflection on the … [Read more...]

Despite support from their president, Egypt’s Christians are attacked by their neighbors

Cairo, Egypt, May 21, 2015 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Egypt’s Christians continue to face worrisome persecution, despite the words and actions of its president to show goodwill to the community, an expert in religious freedom testified to the US Congress on Wednesday. Egypt has historically has been more tolerant and  relaxed towards Christians than its Middle Eastern neighbors, said Samuel Tadros, an Egyptian native and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for … [Read more...]

Judges shoot down Notre Dame’s appeal on contraception mandate

South Bend, Ind., May 21, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal court has again denied the University of Notre Dame’s request for a preliminary injunction against federal mandates it says violate its religious freedom, though a trial can still go forward. “We are reviewing the opinion and weighing our options,” the University of Notre Dame’s vice president for public affairs and communications said in a statement provided to CNA. The Seventh Circuit Court of … [Read more...]

Paris’ stunning Sainte-Chapelle gets a makeover – with lasers

Paris, France, May 21, 2015 / 02:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Known for its ornate rose window and towering stained glass glory, the thirteenth century Sainte-Chapelle in Paris has finally been pieced back together after a seven year laser-cleaning project. Seven hundred and fifty years of weather effects, candle smoke, and grime had become layered and built up in Sainte-Chapelle's famous stained glass windows, causing the luminous panels to lose some of their luster. The restoration … [Read more...]