Italian bishop: Catholics in ‘irregular’ relationships welcome in Church

Rome, Italy, Aug 29, 2014 / 11:55 am (CNA).- Those who are in irregular marital situations cannot receive Holy Communion but are still Christian faithful and “must feel at home” in Catholic churches, a leading Italian bishop has said. Bishop Nunzio Galantino of Cassano all’Jonio told a national liturgical gathering of the Center of Liturgical Action Aug. 27 in Orvieto, Italy that Holy Communion is “the sacramental act that excellently expresses the union with Christ … [Read more...]

Iraqi refugees working to help each other survive

Erbil, Iraq, Aug 29, 2014 / 09:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians and other religious minorities who have fled areas in Iraq that have fallen under Islamic State control are now helping one another to survive as refugees, an aid worker said. “They themselves have been displaced and they’re going around caring for those who are in need, who are in situations like they are,” Todd Daniels, International Christian Concern regional manager for the Middle East, told CNA Aug. … [Read more...]

Koreans infected with ‘Francis syndrome’ after papal visit

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 29, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A former Korean ambassador to the Holy See spoke of the effects of Pope Francis' recent visit to South Korea, saying that all of Asia now feels a long-term challenge to imitate his humble ways. “All the media in Korea are already speaking of 'Francis syndrome,'” former ambassador Thomas Han told CNA Aug. 26. “The Korean people, having been deeply impressed by Pope Francis' person and his … [Read more...]

Pakistani leader talks persecuted Christians with Pope Francis

Vatican City, Aug 29, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a brief encounter with Pope Francis following his general audience Wednesday, former Pakistani minister Paul Bhatti discussed persecuted Christians and invited the pontiff to visit his country. “I met him with my mom and it was a desire and a heartfelt wish of my mom to see the Holy Father and to share her views regarding peace in the world and regarding the persecution of Christians in the world,” Bhatti told CNA Aug. … [Read more...]

Knights co-launch film on hope among Haiti’s young amputees

New Haven, Conn., Aug 29, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus partnered with Connecticut-based EVTV to produce a documentary on hope and healing of Haitian children injured in the catastrophic 2010 earthquake that rocked the country. The film, “Unbreakable: A Story of Hope and Healing in Haiti,” will be featured at the Portland Film Festival on Saturday, Aug. 30. In January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake killed over 100,000 people, injured thousands and … [Read more...]

Catholic couple marks 25th wedding anniversary at Rimini Meeting

Rimini, Italy, Aug 28, 2014 / 08:04 pm (CNA).- An Italian couple celebrating their 25th anniversary of marriage by volunteering at the Rimini Meeting, a major Catholic event, aimed to reflect the beauty of their faith and to thank God for their love.   “I decided with my husband and my children to come here to the Communion and Liberation annual meeting in Rimini to celebrate my 25th anniversary because we want to live this experience of beauty and happiness which we have been … [Read more...]

Australian conference seeks to strengthen parish life

Sydney, Australia, Aug 28, 2014 / 06:25 pm (CNA).- A national New Evangelization conference in Australia last week worked to reinforce parishes as faith communities actively seeking to grow in discipleship. “It is essential for the parish to re-orient toward reaching those who are not active in the life of the Church,” said Fr. Michael White, one of the keynote speakers at the event, entitled PROCLAIM 2014. Fr. White is the pastor of the Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Md., … [Read more...]


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