Filipino bishops declare day of prayer for peace in Iraq, Syria

Manila, Philippines, Sep 11, 2014 / 06:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of the Philippines have appealed their faithful to join in a national day of prayer in solidarity with persecuted Christians, especially those suffering in Iraq and Syria under the Islamic State. During a Sept. 2 meeting, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines unanimously set the upcoming Sept. 14 as a National Day of Prayer for Peace. The day of prayer coincides with the celebration of the feast of … [Read more...]

Former imam: God saved me from torture after Christian conversion

Kerala, India, Sep 11, 2014 / 05:03 pm (CNA).- A former Muslim imam who converted to Christianity believes that God protected him from death threats and torture at the hands of his family members. “The holy Quran converted me to Christianity,” said Mario Joseph, a former imam who shared the story of his conversion and subsequent persecution with the HM Television program “Changing Tracks,” broadcast by the EUK Mamie Foundation run by the Home of the Mother religious … [Read more...]

Brutally slain nuns recalled as women ‘enamored’ with God

Rome, Italy, Sep 11, 2014 / 04:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Remembering the lives of the three Xaverian Missionary nuns murdered in Burundi over the weekend, the order’s vicar general hailed them as simple women in love with God and those they served. “For me, (since) I entered as a youth they gave me a great example of people enamored with Jesus, enamored with the people among whom they lived,” Sr. Silvia Marsili, Vicar General for the Xaverian Missionaries, told CNA Sept. … [Read more...]

Francis encourages us as did Don Bosco, Lateran rector says

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2014 / 03:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the bicentenary of the birth of St. John Bosco approaches, a Salesian who is rector of the Pontifical Lateran University has said that Pope Francis is close to the saint, as both view education not as a job but as a way life. Bishop Enrico dal Covolo, S.D.B., told CNA Sept. 9 that a phrase of Pope Francis' “very close to my heart is this: 'educating is not a job; it is an approach, a way of living,” and said this … [Read more...]

Christian life is not navel-gazing – it’s self-giving, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2014 / 10:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his homily at daily Mass on Thursday Pope Francis focused on authentic Christian love, stressing that it’s not selfish, but freely and mercifully gives itself to others. The Pope drew from the day's Gospel reading from Luke chapter six, where Jesus tells his disciples to love their enemies and “do good” to those who hate them. “Be merciful as your Father is merciful. Only with a merciful heart can we … [Read more...]

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...]