Cricket match ends in draw between Sri Lankan Catholic schools

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Mar 11, 2014 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The 80th annual “Battle of the Saints”, a cricket match between rival schools in Sri Lanka’s Colombo archdiocese, ended in a draw this weekend. Cricket, a bat-and-ball game popular in the U.K. and its former colonies, is the most popular sport in Sri Lanka. Each March and April, historically rival secondary schools play games for the “Big Match” season. St. Peter’s College and St. … [Read more...]

Before conclave, Bergoglio stressed need to focus on Christ

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has shared some of his memories of the meetings held in preparation for the 2013 conclave, recounting that Cardinal Bergoglio’s interventions emphasized the need to focus on Christ. “The activities and the approach of the pontificate that is now being revealed in Pope Francis’ style” are an outcome of the pre-conclave meetings, the Vatican’s former secretary of state told CNA March … [Read more...]

Catholic polls prompt call to educate on beauty of marriage

Washington D.C., Mar 10, 2014 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Although recent polls on Catholics supporting same-sex “marriage” are viewed as less disheartening than they appear, the results sparked a call for education on the beauty and truth of Church teaching. Tim Roder, associate director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, said that Catholic belief in marriage is about “remaining faithful to Jesus and his … [Read more...]

Abducted Orthodox nuns released by Syrian rebel group

Damascus, Syria, Mar 10, 2014 / 03:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of Greek Orthodox nuns in Syria, as well as women from their convent’s orphanage, were returned safely Sunday, following their kidnapping by the rebel al-Nusra Front. “God did not leave us,” said Mother Pelagia Sayyaf of the convent of St. Thekla, when they arrived in Damascus Monday, March 10. One dozen nuns and three workers were abducted from St. Thekla convent in Ma’loula, located 35 miles north … [Read more...]

New book explores models for lay catechesis in India

Bangalore, India, Mar 10, 2014 / 12:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- “Called to be a Catechist,” a book recently released by the Indian Catechetical Association, discusses the role of the laity in faith education in the country. The book collects the talks delivered at the association’s 17th annual conference, held last year in Patna, and is edited by Fr. Gilbert Choondal, a Salesian priest. “The papers explore the dimensions of a catechist, including historical, religious, … [Read more...]

Papal gardens of Castel Gandolfo now open to public

Vatican City, Mar 10, 2014 / 11:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Known as the Barberini Gardens, the historic area of Castel Gandalfo has been declared open to the general public by Pope Francis, with tours available for those who are interested. Located roughly 20 miles south of Rome in the Alban Hills, the gardens surround the Papal Summer Residence at Castel Gandolfo and include the remnants of a Roman Villa, a 62 acre farm, and the ancient papal palace. According to a March 4 article published … [Read more...]

Vatican confirms papal visit to South Korea

Vatican City, Mar 10, 2014 / 08:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a statement released earlier this morning, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed Pope Francis’ apostolic trip to the Republic of Korea, which is slated to occur in August of this year. “Welcoming the invitation from the President of the Republic and the Korean bishops,” Fr. Lombardi announced in his March 10 statement, “His Holiness Pope Francis will make an Apostolic Voyage to the Republic of Korea … [Read more...]