Philly Catholics join ‘Mass Mob’ trend to support churches

Philadelphia, Pa., Mar 16, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have planned their first “Mass Mob” in the north of the city, seeking to rally scores of people to a beautiful but sparsely attended church. “It’s an opportunity for people from all over the archdiocese to come together as a community,” Mass Mob Philly organizer Ben DiFrancesco, a 28-year-old software engineer, told CNA March 14. “It’s an … [Read more...]

Up to 5 million may go to Rome for Papal canonizations

Vatican City, Mar 15, 2014 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As many as 5 million people could travel to Rome for the April 27 canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II, and are expected to arrive beginning on Good Friday, April 18. Rome will be a hot spot for tourism also because on April 25 Italy celebrates its liberation from fascism, and is national holiday. Many Italians will take advantage of the day off to spend the weekend in Rome, so pilgrims and tourists will be mixing during these … [Read more...]

Three years in, Catholics note brutality of Syrian conflict

Damascus, Syria, Mar 15, 2014 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As today marks the third anniversary of uprisings which led to civil war in Syria, Catholic leaders there and in neighboring Lebanon have reflected on its devastating effect on both countries. “It creates a huge impact on (the Lebanese) in all aspects, and in terms of security issues…it's had a huge impact,” Wadih Daher, assistant to Archbishop Issam John Darwish, told CNA in a March 13 interview. Daher spoke … [Read more...]

‘I need the people of God to sustain me,’ Pope says in interview

Vatican City, Mar 15, 2014 / 04:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a recent radio interview given to a station in a slum of Argentina, Pope Francis explained his frequent request for prayers, and praised the work of the many priests who minister among the poor. When asked why he so frequently requests prayer from those he encounters, the Pope simply stated that “I need it. I need the people of God to sustain me.” The interview was given to Argentinian radio station Bajo Flores, … [Read more...]

Institute rallies activism against China’s one-child policy

Front Royal, Va., Mar 14, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- The Population Research Institute has launched a new campaign to encourage effective human rights activism among those concerned about the victims of China's coercive one-child policy. The institute has launched a webpage in conjunction with the release of the second edition of “A Mother's Ordeal” by institute president Steven Mosher. The book is a biography of a young enforcer of China's one-child policy who performed … [Read more...]

Indian diocese welcomes convictions over rape of nun

Bhubaneswar, India, Mar 14, 2014 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a decison praised by the local Church, a judge in India sentenced three persons Friday for the 2008 rape of a nun during mob violence against Christians in the state of Odisha.Riots in Odisha’s Kandhamal district began Aug. 24, 2008, after a Hindu religious leader, Laxmananada Saraswati, was killed. While Maoist rebels claimed responsibility for the assassination, Hindu extremists blamed the local Christian … [Read more...]

Augustine Institute releases Symbolon program on DVD

Denver, Colo., Mar 14, 2014 / 11:22 am (CNA).- The Augustine Institute has released on DVD the first ten episodes of “Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained,” a formation program that comprehensively covers the Catholic faith. Edward Sri, Augustine Institute theology professor and director of the Symbolon program, said it is intended to address “a fragmented understanding of the faith” common among many Catholics. “We wanted to build a series that walks … [Read more...]


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