Francis’ letter to Cubans: Imitate Mary’s joy, haste, perseverance

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Sep 7, 2014 / 10:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Marking the feast of the patroness of Cuba, Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, Pope Francis on Monday sent a letter to Archbishop Dionisio Garcia Ibanez of Santiago encouraging the faithful of the island country to remain steadfast in their devotion to the Virgin Mary. The Pope remarked particularly on three virtues that are seen in the account of Mary found in the Gospels: her joy, seen when she conceived Christ; her service, … [Read more...]

Church serves women ‘the rest of the world has left behind’

Washington D.C., Sep 7, 2014 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Recent claims that the Catholic Church disregards women fail to acknowledge the Church’s critical work to support women and families around the world, say leaders in medicine, academia and global relief work. “Anyone who thinks that the Catholic Church doesn’t support women doesn’t know much about the Church, its mission and its presence around the world,” said Joan Rosenhauer, Executive Vice President of … [Read more...]

Pope prays for peace in Ukraine, Lesotho

Vatican City, Sep 7, 2014 / 08:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Addressing thousands of pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square during his weekly Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis called for peace in Ukraine and Lesotho. After the recitation of the Angelus, the Holy Father expressed his hope that, despite recent acts of violence in the region, the people of Ukraine might find relief amid the ongoing conflict. He prayed for the continuation of dialogue as efforts are made to bring about lasting … [Read more...]

Media summit in Philippines hopes to bolster personal encounter

Lingayen, Philippines, Sep 7, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Filipino bishops' annual conference on social media, being held this month, will aim at promoting authentic encounters and at preparing for Pope Francis' upcoming trip to the nation. The Catholic Social Media Summit 2014 will be held in Lingayen at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center with the theme “The Encounter”, from Sept. 13-14. Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan has … [Read more...]

Pope Francis pursues a thaw in relations with mainland China

Vatican City, Sep 6, 2014 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Facing mixed signals coming from the government on the Chinese mainland regarding dealings with the Vatican, Pope Francis hopes to warm their relationship and someday establish a diplomatic representative in Beijing. A thaw has seemingly flourished between the People's Republic of China and the Holy See, following the nearly simultaneous accessions of Pope Francis and Xi Jinping, president of China – March 13 and March 14, 2013, … [Read more...]

Supreme Court asked to defend Seal of Confession in La. case

Baton Rouge, La., Sep 6, 2014 / 07:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling that a diocesan priest may be forced to break the Seal of Confession. “This case concerns who – the Church or the state – gets to determine the meaning, content, and requirements of the Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation – one of the Church’s most sacred and central practices,” the diocese’s … [Read more...]

Nun builds website to enliven children’s ministry in Pacific

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Sep 5, 2014 / 09:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A religious sister from Texas who has been serving the people of Papua New Guinea since 1986 will soon complete a website to raise awareness about the Church's apostolates to children in the Melanesian nation. “The Catholic bishops of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, at their annual general meeting in Madang, approved and created the Catholic Children's Ministry PNG in April, 2013,” Fr. Giorgio … [Read more...]