Want more religious vocations? Improve your family life, nun says

Rome, Italy, May 18, 2015 / 02:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Church brings the needs of the family to the forefront with the upcoming Synod this fall, one Dominican sister says it is no surprise that Pope Francis should also dedicate this year to the consecrated life. “One nourishes the other,” explained Dominican Sister Maria Magdalene in an interview with CNA. “You don’t have vocations just materialize out of thin air. They’re fed by good … [Read more...]

For Arab Christianity, new women saints give encouraging example

Vatican City, May 17, 2015 / 06:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church’s celebration of the canonization of two new women saints from Palestine on Sunday helps recognize both women’s important role in Arab culture and Arabs’ important role in Christianity. “These two humble and simple women, consecrated women, give us also encouragement to pray for peace,” said Father Rifat Bader, general director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Amman, … [Read more...]

At Lourdes shrine, ‘wounded warriors’ can pray for peace and healing

Lourdes, France, May 17, 2015 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Military service members’ annual pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Lourdes can be a time of healing and peace, especially during the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the head of the U.S. Archdiocese for Military Services has said. “Lourdes is a place where healing occurs. It might not be the dramatic throwing away of crutches, or breaking a cane, but there is always that interior peace when we put ourselves in … [Read more...]

Pope appeals for peace in Burundi

Vatican City, May 17, 2015 / 01:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday morning, Pope Francis called for prayers for the people of Burundi, where violent clashes have broken out following a failed coup last week. “I also wish to invite you to pray for the dear people of Burundi, who are living in a delicate moment,” the pontiff said in his May 17 address ahead of the Regina Caeli prayers. “May the Lord help everyone flee the violence and act responsibly for the good of the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis shares the secret of the saints: life in Christ’s love

Vatican City, May 17, 2015 / 10:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis canonized the Church’s four newest saints on Sunday, praising their loving witness to Jesus Christ’s Resurrection. He said “this is the secret of the saints: abiding in Christ, joined to him like branches to the vine, in order to bear much fruit.” The four newest saints showed how “to abide in God and in his love, and thus to proclaim by our words and our lives the Resurrection of Jesus, to … [Read more...]

Will Francis build on Benedict’s legacy when he visits the US?

Washington D.C., May 17, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will remain within the tradition of previous papal visits to the U.S. when he comes to the east coast this autumn said Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, who added that the Pope's voyage would build upon Benedict XVI's papacy if he addresses the environment. “Pope Benedict initiated a lot of commentary on climate change,” Bishop Soto explained, “and I think Pope Francis is going to be pushing that … [Read more...]

Hundreds of US priests ask Synod to stand firm on Church teaching

Washington D.C., May 16, 2015 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly 1,000 United States priests made their own a petition to the fathers of the upcoming Synod, originally made public and signed by nearly 500 English priests. The statement’s wording is exactly that of the English version, and urges the fathers of the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family to issue a “clear and firm” proclamation of Church teaching on marriage and sexuality. The organization Credo Priests has … [Read more...]