Care for the stranger a ‘sacred duty,’ archbishop teaches

Los Angeles, Calif., Jul 23, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Drawing on Sunday's reading about Abraham's hospitality to his three visitors, Archbishop José Gomez taught during a Mass in recognition of immigrants that “God comes to us in the person of the stranger.” “Abraham, in the first reading, receives the strangers with an open heart… Abraham doesn’t know that these three visitors who come to his tent in the heat of the day are from God. But … [Read more...]

Pope very happy with enthusiastic Rio reception

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 23, 2013 / 01:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Monday to a jubilant welcome that at times involved crowds swarming the popemobile, but rather than frightening him, the display of affection made him quite happy.   “The Pope is very happy with the way Rio has expressed enthusiasm and love for him,” said the Holy See’s press office director, Father Federico Lombardi. “Many people have asked if there were … [Read more...]

Parish outreach to young parents? There’s an app for that

Joliet, Ill., Jul 23, 2013 / 12:10 am (CNA).- Father John Belmonte noticed two things about the millennial generation – they were scarce in the pews, and they were always on their smartphones.Since many millennials – people ages 18-34 – are now young parents, Father had an idea to bridge the gap by “evangelizing, education, and re-engaging” this demographic through the “We Parent More” app.“We wanted to make it a technological piece in the … [Read more...]

Singer says WYD offers chance to experience ‘global Church’

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 22, 2013 / 06:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Award-winning Catholic musician Matt Maher sees this year’s World Youth Day gathering as an opportunity to recognize the universal nature of the Catholic Church throughout diverse nations and cultures.“One of the things that I’m most looking forward to is just experiencing the global Church,” Maher told CNA shortly after arriving in Rio de Janeiro on July 21 for the start of World Youth Day … [Read more...]

Bomb found at Aparecida shrine ahead of Pope’s visit

Aparecida, Brazil, Jul 22, 2013 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Brazilian military discovered an improvised bomb in a parking garage bathroom at the shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida July 22, which Pope Francis is due to visit on Wednesday, July 24.“It was a homemade device with little potential to cause fatalities,” according to a statement from the Brazilian Air Force. “It is worth pointing out that such episodes formed part of our security forces’ training in … [Read more...]

Bomb found at Aparecida shrine ahead of Pope’s visit

Aparecida, Brazil, Jul 22, 2013 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Brazilian military discovered an improvised bomb in a parking garage bathroom at the shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida July 22, which Pope Francis is due to visit on Wednesday, July 24.“It was a homemade device with little potential to cause fatalities,” according to a statement of the Brazilian Air Force. “It is worth pointing out that such episodes formed part of our security forces’ training in Aparecida … [Read more...]

Young people with disabilities to perform musical in Rio

Lima, Peru, Jul 22, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro this week, a group of Peruvian youth with disabilities are set to perform an inspiring musical based on the idea that goals and dreams can become a reality. Students from “The Joy of the Lord” school in Lima will perform “I can: a dream turned into a musical” as one of 600 artistic presentations to take place July 23-28 during the event's Festival of Youth. The … [Read more...]


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