Vatican launches healthcare initiative for Syrian refugee children

Vatican City, Nov 29, 2013 / 06:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” has collaborated with other Catholic organizations in order to arrange a special mission which will provide basic medicines needed for the care of refugee children in Lebanon.“The children need more specially medicine and schools, you know, because they have left the country and no schools or no medicine and many are very traumatized, so we have to help them psychologically,” … [Read more...]

Minnesota diocese to soon launch ‘Year of Marriage’

Vatican City, Nov 29, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of Minnesota legalizing same-sex marriage earlier in 2013, the Diocese of Crookston will begin a year dedicated to a renewed appreciation and a better understanding of the married life.Amanda Zurface, the diocese's coordinator of Marriage, Family Life, and Evangelization, described the outreach as an “opportunity for many to heal from the difficulties and challenges of this past year.”The 12-month … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Catholics commemorate 117 martyrs as models of faith

Ayutthaya, Thailand, Nov 28, 2013 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vietnamese Catholics living in Thailand gathered on Nov. 17 to celebrate the witness of 117 canonized martyrs of their homeland. Remembering their country's martyrs is an imperative for Vietnamese expatriates, Fr. Anthony Le Duc, secretary of the Federation of Vietnamese Catholics in Thailand, told CNA, because they are “shining examples of faith, and remind expatriates the rich heritage of their faith which was hard … [Read more...]

End times will bring greater persecution to Christians, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 28, 2013 / 10:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on the end times, saying that faith will be increasingly pushed out of the public square and that persecution of Christians is a “prophecy” of what is to come. The Pope directed his comments to those gathered in the chapel of the Vatican's Saint Martha guesthouse for his daily Mass on Nov. 28. Reflecting on the day's reading taken from the Gospel of Luke, in which Jesus … [Read more...]

Vatican astronomer: science opens the door to dialogue

Vatican City, Nov 28, 2013 / 06:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading astronomer in the Vatican Observatory stated that the study of science provides a unique forum to discuss man’s deep and existential questions about the origins and meaning of life.“We in the astronomical community give the permission to everyone else to talk about their religious legs, and we discover it’s not all that different,” Br. Guy Consolmagno affirmed in a Nov. 22 interview with CNA.Br. Guy … [Read more...]

DC Catholics help bring Thanksgiving dinner to the hungry

Washington D.C., Nov 28, 2013 / 06:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in the nation’s capital are opening their hearts – and kitchens – to the poor, hungry and homeless in their neighborhoods for Thanksgiving this year. “Thanksgiving is a time of the year for all of us to reflect with gratitude on the many blessings we have received,” said Monsignor James D. Watkins, pastor of Immaculate Conception parish, who organizes a Thanksgiving ministry to the poor in the … [Read more...]

Decision to move US embassy to Vatican sparks controversy

Washington D.C., Nov 27, 2013 / 04:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The relocation of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See has come under fire from past U.S. ambassadors who say the move will diminish its influence, though State Department officials defend the decision as good for security. Former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See James Nicholson said the embassy’s planned move to the grounds of the U.S. Embassy to Italy is “another manifestation of the antipathy of this administration both to … [Read more...]


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