FOCUS broadens missionary outreach with ‘Digital Campus’

Denver, Colo., Sep 11, 2014 / 04:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With missionary teams on 100 college campuses across the continental U.S., the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) has reached an impressive number of students in its 16-year history. But with thousands more institutes of higher learning lacking a missionary presence, many students have yet to be reached. In response to the growing demand, while also faced with limited resources, FOCUS has launched a Digital … [Read more...]

Sen. Cruz’s tense Middle East remarks prompt calls for Christian unity

Washington D.C., Sep 11, 2014 / 03:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid controversial remarks by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Christian leaders at a historic ecumenical conference voiced the need for unity in the face of the mass persecution of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. “For the love of God, we're here to talk about the Christians and we’re here to be united,” said Andrew Doran, executive director of In Defense of Christians, at a Sept. 10 speech at the … [Read more...]

Pope ‘deeply saddened’ by brutal killing of missionary nuns

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2014 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has expressed his condolences following the brutal murder of three Italian nuns in Burundi over the weekend, assuring the community of his closeness. “The Holy Father begs the Lord to welcome into his kingdom of peace and light these three faithful and devout nuns,” reads Sept. 8 a telegram addressed to Archbishop Evariste Ngoyagoye of Bujumbura, Burundi, where the sisters were serving in the parish of Saint … [Read more...]

Knights’ collection for persecuted Iraqis passes $2 million

Washington D.C., Sep 11, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Knights of Columbus relief fund for persecuted Iraqi refugees has now surpassed $2 million, and the order has released a special prayer to add a spiritual dimension to the humanitarian response. “It has shocked the conscience of the world that people are systematically being purged from the region where their families have lived for millennia simply for their faith,” Knights of Columbus CEO and Supreme Knight Carl … [Read more...]

Italian prime minister meets with Vatican Secretary of State

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The newly created Italian cardinals lunched Tuesday with Matteo Renzi, prime minister of Italy, discussing with him and his associates persecuted Christians, immigration, and employment challenges. The Sept. 9 lunch also set the basis for an official meeting between Renzi and Pope Francis. Renzi, who assumed office Feb. 22, has yet to pay the Pope an official state visit, though he and his family did meet with him in private, for … [Read more...]

Love of God linked to love of man, archbishop reminds on 9/11

Denver, Colo., Sep 11, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA).- The 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States is a chance to mourn and honor those who died, as well as to choose love over hatred, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila said. “The fruit of people hating their fellow man is that they end up hating God. Their religion becomes warped and twisted by their hatred for their neighbor,” the Denver archbishop said in his Sept. 11 column for the Denver Catholic … [Read more...]

Vatican state secretariat strengthens its control over ‘the Pope’s hospital’

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2014 / 08:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican Secretariat of State established June 28 a Comittee of Presidency for the Pediatric Hospital “Bambino Gesù,” owned by the Holy See, thereby strengthening its control over the institution. The committee is composed of five members, including the president of the Board of Directors, and is entrusted with some of the Board of Administration’s tasks. Its members directly respond to the Secretary of … [Read more...]


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