Church must reclaim its missionary identity, Italian priest says

Milan, Italy, Jun 24, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As “Ad Gentes,” the only Italian magazine dedicated to the foreign missions, suspended publication last week due to a lack of subscribers, a priest has emphasized the Church's need to embrace its missionary ideals. “We should be enthusiastic for Jesus Christ, who gave us the vocation of being missionary … we should turn back to Christ in order to bring the mission back to people,” Fr. Piero Gheddo, a … [Read more...]

Hate group’s presence shocks attendees at priest funeral

Salina, Kan., Jun 24, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Faithful who attended the funeral for Father Kenneth Walker were dismayed at the presence of picketers from the Westboro Baptist Church on June 20 near Paxico, Kansas. As mourners filed into Sacred Heart Catholic Church, members of the hate group stood nearby holding signs and singing songs in order to broadcast their message. A priest with the Fraternity of St. Peter, Fr. Walker, 28, was shot and killed while coming to the aid of Fr. Joseph … [Read more...]

Archbishop: Church must be free to imitate Christ through service

Baltimore, Md., Jun 23, 2014 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In seeking religious liberty, Catholics are seeking the freedom to serve in response to Christ’s love in the Eucharist, said the archbishop of Baltimore at the start of the 2014 Fortnight for Freedom. “May we find in the Eucharist, the source and the summit of our charity, and in that charity may we advocate by word and witness for the robust freedom of individuals and of Churches,” said  Archbishop William E. … [Read more...]

Global Eucharistic Congress in Philippines to focus on hope

Cebu, Philippines, Jun 23, 2014 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The 51st International Eucharistic Congress will be held January 2016 in the Philippines with the theme, “Jesus in us, the hope of glory.” Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila explained the theme at a press conference. “We hope in only one person. We hope in God,” he said. The Eucharistic Congress will take place Jan. 24-31 in the city of Cebu, with more than 15,000 international and local delegates … [Read more...]

Release of Christian woman in Sudan draws gratitude, praise

Khartoum, Sudan, Jun 23, 2014 / 01:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Family members and religious liberty advocates are applauding the news that a Sudanese woman's death sentence for refusing to denounce her Christian faith has been overturned by an appeals court after months of international outcry. “We are very very happy about this - and we're going to her now,” her lawyer, Elshareef Ali, told the BBC. “They have released her ... she's on her way to … [Read more...]

Pope Francis stops car to bless young disabled woman

Rome, Italy, Jun 23, 2014 / 10:19 am (CNA).- During his June 21 pastoral visit to the region of Calabria in southern Italy, Pope Francis stopped the car that was transporting him to see a young disabled woman and her family on the side of the road. A video posted online by a family in the southern Italian region of Calabria depicts the encounter with the Holy Father. The Pope passed by the highway near the family’s house as he returned from Cassano allo Jonio, where he spoke out … [Read more...]

Defend others before the Father, Pope Francis urges

Vatican City, Jun 23, 2014 / 09:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis warned that those who judge others are far from God, stating that in order to be close we must defend others rather than hastily accuse them. “If we want to follow the way of Jesus, more than accusers, we have to be defenders of others before the Father,” the Pope said in his June 23 daily Mass. “I see a bad thing in someone – do I go defend him? No! But keep quiet! Go pray and … [Read more...]


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