This statue of Mary was untouched by the devastating Ecuador earthquake

Guayaquil, Ecuador, Apr 23, 2016 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Everything collapsed around it, but the glass case with the statue of our Lady of Light remained intact after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador on April 16.The statue was housed at the Leonie Aviat school in the Tarqui administrative district in Manta Canton, Ecuador, one of the areas most strongly affected by the earthquake.Sister Patricia Esperanza, a member of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales community in … [Read more...]

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Pope hears confessions at Jubilee event for teens

Vatican City, Apr 23, 2016 / 06:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday heard the confessions of young people in St. Peter's Square as part of this weekend's Jubilee for Boys and Girls, an event which is expected to draw tens of thousands of teenagers from around the world.  Sitting on simple chairs out in the open along with other priests just within the Square's colonnade, the Pope offered the sacrament of reconciliation to 16 boys and girls between 11:30am and … [Read more...]

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Was Shakespeare a secret Catholic?

Rome, Italy, Apr 23, 2016 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- April 23 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the playwright, poet, and actor widely considered to be the most influential literary figure in the English language.Yet, there's one mystery which continues to elude scholars to even this day: what exactly was Shakespeare's relationship with the Catholic Church? And, could he have been a secret Catholic, forced to conceal his true religious identity in an … [Read more...]

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New State Department actions don’t go far enough, religious freedom leader says

Washington D.C., Apr 22, 2016 / 04:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious freedom leaders applauded the U.S. State Department’s recent re-designation of nine countries – and the inclusion of one more – as the worst situations for religious freedom, but urged the agency to do more.After the State Department on April 14 added Tajikistan to its “Country of Particular Concern” list, keeping the nine countries already on the list, the chair of the U.S. Commission on … [Read more...]

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After Prince’s death, Vatican praise for his rare gift of music

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2016 / 04:10 pm (CNA).- The death of the songwriter, singer and music producer Prince drew reactions from the Vatican and praise for his musical talent.Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, sent a tweet quoting the artist’s song “Sometimes It Snows In April:”“Sometimes, sometimes I wish that life was never ending / All good things they say, never last.”The singer died at his Chanhassen, Minn. home on … [Read more...]

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A rally, not a dialogue – Georgetown students spurn Cecile Richards’ talk

Washington D.C., Apr 22, 2016 / 01:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Students at Georgetown University said that while a speaking invitation to the head of Planned Parenthood could have been an opportunity for honest dialogue, it was instead nothing more than a platform in favor of abortion and contraception.Lilly Flashner, a junior at Georgetown who attended Cecile Richards’ April 20 lecture, told CNA that the event was a “rally for people who already agreed with her.”“It was … [Read more...]

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Cricket for the Queen’s birthday! Vatican to play Royal Household

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2016 / 10:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Last year Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in British history, and on Thursday she passed yet another milestone – becoming the first monarch to ever reach the age of 90.Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 90th birthday April 21 by unveiling a special plaque on Windsor's Queen's Walkway before lighting the first in a series of beacons marking the special day. Official gun salutes could be heard throughout … [Read more...]

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