The role of angels: one author’s push to shed light on the afterlife

Vatican City, Sep 29, 2014 / 01:58 pm (CNA).- In an effort to show what Scripture tells us about “the beyond,” often obscured by a society that leans toward darkness, Fr. Mark Haydu has published a new book exploring the depiction of angels in art. “There is a fascination in the world with the spiritual and the occult and the mysterious after death. We see it with vampires, we see it in popular books and television shows, etc.,” Fr. Haydu told CNA Sept. 29, the Feast … [Read more...]

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Catholic Church the only body ‘effectively acting to eradicate pedophilia’

Vatican City, Sep 29, 2014 / 10:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A former Vatican spokesman has written, against the backdrop of the house arrest of a former nuncio being investigated for abuse of minors, that the Church is the only international body acting effectively against pedophilia. In an op-ed published in the Italian daily “La Repubblica” Sept. 25, Joaquin Navarro-Valls commented on the house arrest in Vatican City of Jozef Wesolowski, the former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Satan seduces by disguising evil as good

Vatican City, Sep 29, 2014 / 06:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Monday’s feast of the archangels Pope Francis spoke of the ongoing battle between the devil and mankind, encouraging attendees to pray to the angels, who have been charged to defend us. “He presents things as if they were good, but his intention is destruction. And the angels defend us,” the Roman Pontiff told those gathered for his Sept. 29 Mass in the Vatican’s Saint Martha residence chapel. The Bishop of … [Read more...]

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Russian expansion endangers Catholics in Ukraine, nuncio warns

Kyiv, Ukraine, Sep 29, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The apostolic nuncio to Ukraine has urged efforts to support Catholics in the nation, warning that Russia’s expansion into the country has caused major instability and threatens a return to political persecution. “The danger of repression of the Greek-Catholic Church exists in whatever part of Ukraine Russia might establish its predominance or continue through acts of terrorism to push forward with its aggression,” … [Read more...]

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Bishops find hope for religious dialogue at Palestinian university

Washington D.C., Sep 28, 2014 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Reflecting on their recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land, U.S. bishops have cited relationships there between Christian and Muslim students as a sign of hope for peace in the region. A delegation of 18 bishops from the U.S. made the pilgrimage to Palestine and Israel Sept. 11-18. “What was really positive about this was the tremendous work being done there by Catholic Relief Services and by the Knights of Malta and the Knights … [Read more...]

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UK bishop steps down over ‘being unfaithful’ to vows

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2014 / 10:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Kieran Conry of the U.K. dioceses of Arundel and Brighton has announced his resignation after revealing he has been “unfaithful” to his “promises as a Catholic priest.” “I am sorry for the shame that I have brought on the diocese and the Church and I ask for your prayers and forgiveness,” he said in a brief statement, which has been read in all the Church's of the dioceses over the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis calls Benedict XVI the ultimate ‘grandfather’

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2014 / 10:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Retired pontiff Benedict XVI joined some 50,000 pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square on Sunday, Sept. 28 for a meeting between Pope Francis and elderly people from around the world. Welcoming his predecessor, the Holy Father described Pope Benedict as the “grandfather of all grandfathers.” “I have said many times that it gives me great pleasure that he lives here in the Vatican, because it is like having a wise … [Read more...]

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