Relic of Saint John Paul II makes pilgrimage to Cuba

Havana, Cuba, Apr 15, 2015 / 12:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Seventeen years after the historic visit of Saint John Paul II to Cuba, the Polish pope is returning to the country, thanks to a relic brought by the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary after having journeyed on pilgrimage in various cities in the United States and Guatemala. As reported on the website of the Cuban Conference of Catholic Bishops, the relic consists of a small vial that contains a few drops of blood of the … [Read more...]

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Priest who died on the Titanic could be on path to sainthood

London, England, Apr 14, 2015 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When the Titanic began to sink on April 15, 1912, Father Thomas Byles had two opportunities to board a lifeboat. But he forewent those opportunities, according to passengers aboard the sinking ocean liner, in order to hear confessions and offer consolation and prayers with those who were trapped aboard.   Now, a priest at the former church of Fr. Byles in England is asking that his beatification cause be opened. Some 1,500 … [Read more...]

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A dark, tense history: behind Turkey’s protest of the Holy See

Rome, Italy, Apr 14, 2015 / 12:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' comments on the extermination of Armenian Christians in early 20th century Turkey prompted a strongly worded criticism from the Turkish Foreign Ministry and led to the withdrawal of Turkey's ambassador to the Holy See. But what's the full story? As the April 24 centenary commemoration of the Armenian genocide approaches, tensions between Turkey and Armenia run high. Despite this, Pope Francis remembered the … [Read more...]

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Pope to Americas: working to build bridges is never in vain

Vatican City, Apr 14, 2015 / 10:03 am (CNA).- In a message for the 7th Summit of the Americas, Pope Francis called for dialogue, cooperation and the securing of human rights and basic life necessities. In the Apr. 10 message, entitled “Prosperity with Equity: the Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas,” the Pope called for “sincere dialogue” that leads to “mutual collaboration which unites efforts and exceeds the differences in the way toward the common … [Read more...]

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Vatican unveils a packed, diverse itinerary for Pope’s Sarajevo visit

Vatican City, Apr 14, 2015 / 06:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will meet with a vast array of different groups during his daytrip to Bosnia, which is a visit Sarajevo’s cardinal says could help ease political and ethnic tensions after the country’s recent war. Francis announced his June 6 trip to Sarajevo during his Sunday Angelus address Feb. 1, asking pilgrims to pray so the visit would be “one of encouragement for the Catholic faithful, fosters seeds of good and … [Read more...]

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Don’t thwart nuclear agreement with Iran, bishop warns Congress

Washington D.C., Apr 14, 2015 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the U.S. Bishops' international peace committee supports the new framework for Iran's nuclear program and is asking the U.S. Congress not to “undermine” the deal.   “We welcome the most recent step the United States and its international partners have taken with Iran and encourage our nation to continue down this path,” said Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces. N.M. Bishop Cantu spoke … [Read more...]

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After controversy, NJ Catholic school reinstates teacher with plea for ‘truth and charity’

Metuchen, NJ, Apr 14, 2015 / 02:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A New Jersey Catholic school has reinstated a teacher who was the focus of media controversy over her social media posts critical of LGBT advocacy. The school stressed the need for a positive presentation of the Catholic faith while also lamenting “hurtful” media coverage about the teacher. Immaculata High School in Somerville, N.J., said that all issues related to theology teacher Patricia Jannuzzi’s employment are … [Read more...]

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