Health workers in West Africa respond to Ebola outbreak

Conakry, Guinea, Apr 10, 2014 / 05:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Health care workers are joining forces with Catholic charities and local communities in response to a deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. “I've been here 37 years as a missionary and through five wars, and I say to myself, 'I never thought we'd have Ebola now to look at.' But it's what happened and we have to fix it,” said Sister Barbara Brilliant, a Franciscan Missionary of Mary. Sr. Barbara … [Read more...]

Venezuelan government invites Vatican to peace talks

Caracas, Venezuela, Apr 10, 2014 / 12:24 pm (CNA).- Venezuela's foreign affairs minister, Elias Jaua, has sent a letter to the Vatican, inviting its participation in the National Peace Conference that has been convened by President Nicolas Maduro. The move came after a meeting between Venezuela government officials and the opposition, during which both sides agreed that the Holy See could join in the peace process. In the letter, made public April 9, Jaua sent an invitation on behalf … [Read more...]

Vatican, civil authorities join forces against human trafficking

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2014 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Gathered in Rome to discuss methods for the eradication of human slavery, both law enforcement and Vatican officials exchanged ideas on how to collaborate in combating the issue and caring for victims. “Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity,” Pope Francis exclaimed in his April 10 audience with the conference … [Read more...]

ND priest chosen to preach at NYC Good Friday service

Bismarck, N.D., Apr 10, 2014 / 09:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Monsignor James Shea, this year’s preacher of the Tre Ore service for Good Friday at New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, has said he will speak about how the suffering and death of Christ is “the actual pattern of the Christian life.” “Suffering is meant for us to be something which opens our lives to meaning and to purpose,” Msgr. Shea told CNA April 9. “Suffering that’s empty … [Read more...]

Pope Francis warns against the dictatorship of narrow thought

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2014 / 07:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis cautioned faithful against idealizing one’s own way of thinking and encouraged them to be vigilant in prayer, noting that a closed mind leaves no room for God. “Even today there is a dictatorship of a narrow line of thought” which kills “people’s freedom, their freedom of conscience,” the Pope expressed in his April 10 daily Mass. Speaking to those present in the … [Read more...]

Maidan protests gave rise to a ‘new society’ in Ukraine

Kyiv, Ukraine, Apr 10, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The three months of protests in Kyiv’s Maidan Square were a demonstration of Ukrainians’ moving beyond fear to find their freedom and founding a new society, a philosopher from the country’s east has reflected. “Freedom is needed in order to defend human dignity,” Aleksandr Filonenko, an associate professor of the philosophy of science at the University of Kharkiv, told CNA April 8. “We are not … [Read more...]

Fatima statue inspires devotion, prayer in Castel Gandolfo

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Apr 10, 2014 / 02:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Locals and swarms of pilgrims from various parts of the world gathered in Castel Gandolfo outside of Rome recently to show their Marian devotion and join in communal prayer. From April 3-7, the Pontifical Church Saint Thomas of Villanova hosted the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Parish priest Father Pietro Diletti told CNA that the arrival of the statue has sparked an intensity and ardor of faith within the local community as … [Read more...]

Migrants in Holy Land look forward to papal visit

Jaffa, Israel, Apr 10, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Migrant workers in the Holy Land are eagerly awaiting Pope Francis' pilgrimage to Palestine, Israel and Jordan next month, and are praying for its success. “The migrant workers' communities are eagerly awaiting the Pope with joyful expectation,” Fr. Tojy Jose, OFM, head of the Indian Chaplaincy in the Holy Land, told CNA April 5. Pope Francis will travel to the Holy Land May 24-26, marking the 50th anniversary of … [Read more...]

Philippines cardinal worked for peace with Muslims

Manila, Philippines, Apr 9, 2014 / 08:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Orlando Beltran Quevedo, O.M.I., the newest cardinal from the Philippines, is a dedicated servant of the poor who has advocated for peace between Christians and Muslims in the country. The cardinal archbishop of Cotabato told the Philippines news site MindaNews in February that he was not happy when he first learned he had been named a cardinal. Rather, he had a “sense of fear” and a “feeling of … [Read more...]

Fighting poverty requires ‘culture of encounter,’ expert says

Washington D.C., Apr 9, 2014 / 05:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Challenging a modern culture which supports isolation and an indifference to poverty requires a personal connection with others, particularly the poor, as children of God, development expert Dr. Jonathan Reyes has said. Reyes, who is executive director of the justice, peace, and human development department of the U.S. bishops' conference, explained April 8 that Pope Francis' statements on poverty and charity reveal a concern … [Read more...]