Meet the ‘Mother Teresa’ of 14th century Rome

Rome, Italy, Mar 20, 2016 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although she's not as well known outside of Rome, Saint Francesca Romana has been lauded as a woman whose charity and service to the poor rival those of the modern-day, soon-to-be saint Mother Teresa.Saint Francesca Romana, also known as Saint Frances of Rome, is “a saint loved because she was, in 1400, like we consider Mother Teresa of Calcutta today,” Fr. Teodoro Muti told CNA March 9.“She was the saint of the … [Read more...]

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Relics and bedtime stories: the tale behind Arroyo’s new children’s series

Denver, Colo., Mar 19, 2016 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For over 800 years, the heart of St. Laurence O’Toole was preserved in a wooden, heart-shaped box inside an iron cage bolted to a wall in Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin.In 2012, the heart disappeared. It hasn’t been seen since.The relic certainly had religious and cultural value; St. Laurence is remembered for bringing the Catholic faith to Dublin. When St. Laurence died, his body was buried in France, but his heart was … [Read more...]

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St. Joseph takes center stage in film on Christ’s childhood

Los Angeles, Calif., Mar 19, 2016 / 06:33 am (CNA).- In his new film, “The Young Messiah,” Director Cyrus Nowrasteh knew that he needed to break the mold when it came to depicting Jesus’ foster-father, St. Joseph.“I think in other films that have been done over the years, he’s just kind of wallpaper, he’s just kind of hanging around and frankly, not distinctive at all,” Nowrasteh told CNA. “I thought to myself, ‘That could not be the … [Read more...]

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Pope’s Instagram launches with appeal for prayer

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2016 / 03:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The official Instagram account of Pope Francis launched on Saturday with a simple request for his followers: “Pray for me.”The inaugural post, which was translated into nine languages, features a photo of the Pope reverently kneeling in prayer.The post was made after noon under the handle @Franciscus – which is Latin for Francis. Within 30 minutes of going live, the account had more than ten thousand … [Read more...]

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All-star ‘Passion’ musical aims to tell the Gospel story in a new key

New Orleans, La., Mar 18, 2016 / 04:57 pm (CNA).- Actor and singer Jencarlos Canela will play the role of Jesus in a live musical dramatization of The Passion on Palm Sunday. Only he’s still not sure how.“How do I prepare for the role of Jesus Christ? Whoever knows the answer to that question, call me before Sunday,” Canela joked.“Honestly, it’s a huge honor,” he told CNA March 18.Canela plays the lead role in “The Passion,” a two-hour … [Read more...]

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Chilean bill permitting abortion advances to Senate

Santiago, Chile, Mar 18, 2016 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Legislators in Chile's lower house of Congress on Thursday passed a bill decriminalizing abortion in limited circumstances. The bill now passes to the Senate, where analysts believe it may also pass.The March 17 vote in the Chamber of Deputies approved the bill by 66-44. It seeks to legalize abortion in three cases: risk to the life of the mother, non-viability of the fetus, and rape. It also limits abortion to no more than 12 … [Read more...]

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These seminarians are being ordained – in a refugee camp

Rome, Italy, Mar 18, 2016 / 03:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After their seminary in Qaraqosh was dissolved following a brutal ISIS attack in 2014, four Iraqi seminarians chose not to give up after being forced to flee, but to continue their path to the priesthood.Now, a year and a half after the attack that uprooted them from their homes, the four men will be ordained deacons, and have chosen a church in an Erbil refugee camp for the March 19 ceremony.“People want hope, and when … [Read more...]

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