Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass draws thousands in LA

Los Angeles, Calif., Dec 12, 2014 / 11:52 am (CNA).- More than 25,000 people – including many young people – attended an outdoor Mass in Los Angeles honoring the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Scores of young boys dressed as miniature Juan Diegos and little girls donning multi-colored hair ribbons and traditional Mexican-style dresses marched beside Aztec and Matachines dancers, indigenous drummers, mariachi musicians and everyday Catholics along Cesar Chavez Avenue in East … [Read more...]

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‘Every five minutes, a Christian dies in the Middle East’

Madrid, Spain, Dec 12, 2014 / 04:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Gabriel Nadaf is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Church. He lives in Nazareth and faces death threats for publicizing the state of Christians in the Middle East. Fr. Nadaf has a 24-hour security escort, the highest level of protection offered by Israeli authorities. However, during his recent trip to Spain, he told CNA that he is not afraid and has come “to make the voices of Christians in the East … [Read more...]

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Sister Cristina gives Pope Francis a copy of her music album

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Sister Cristina Scuccia, the Ursuline religious who won The Voice Italy earlier this year, greeted Pope Francis on Wednesday and gave him a copy of her new album, "Sister Cristina." The encounter took place at the conclusion of the Holy Father's General Audience in St. Peter's Square on Dec. 10. Interviewed by DPA in November, the 26 year-old nun had said she hoped to meet Francis and give him "the first … [Read more...]

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Cardinal advisors discuss Curia reform, protection of minors

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2014 / 12:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Efforts to reform the Roman Curia have moved forward with the latest round of Vatican meetings and will continue next year, said Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office. “Curia reform is an ongoing process, there are no formal decisions,” Fr. Lombardi told members of the media at the end of the Dec. 9-11 meeting of the Council of Cardinals at the Vatican. He explained that after final reform proposals … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis likely discussed economic inequality with IMF director

Vatican City, Dec 11, 2014 / 09:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis briefly met Wednesday with Christine Lagarde, managing director of the Internaional Monetary Fund, an organization which intends to foster international trade and sustainable economic growth. The Holy See press office announced the Dec. 10 meeting without discussing the contents of the leaders' conversation. According to sources from the International Monetary Fund, Lagarde praised Pope Francis’ calls against … [Read more...]

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Medical shortages hinder Ebola relief, survivors grieve

Freetown, Sierra Leone, Dec 11, 2014 / 08:07 pm (CNA).- Bishops in West Africa have appealed for more help for a hospital in a region suffering many Ebola infections, as the disease’s survivors lament its destructive impact on their loved ones and their communities. “The Ebola situation is still very grim. Our health workers are at great risk and some have lost their lives,” said Father Paul Sandi, secretary general of the Catholic Conference of the Gambia and Sierra … [Read more...]

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Congress gets personal as support surges for disabilities act

Washington D.C., Dec 11, 2014 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Congress got personal at a bipartisan press conference on Thursday, with parents of disabled children sharing their stories to push for a bill that would help some disabled persons save for their expenses. “There’s been a glass ceiling for disability people that's existed in a way they could look through or look out, and they saw something that they were excluded from,” said Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) who has a … [Read more...]

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