For Middle East Christians, UN indifference is deadly

Madrid, Spain, Mar 5, 2015 / 11:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Inaction on the part of the United Nations and international community toward the brutality of ISIS has drawn criticism from a refugee and scholar who says the lives of Christians are at risk. Raad Salam Naaman, a Chaldean Catholic and professor of Islamic Studies, sees a “totally deplorable and very strange” attitude on the part of the United Nations and the international community in the face of “the murders and … [Read more...]

Italy’s bishops help the poor through a ‘Loan for Hope’ microcredit

Rome, Italy, Mar 5, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Italian bishops conference relaunched on Monday its microcredit initative for families and small businesses, a program first begun in 2009 in response to the global financial crisis. In the last four years, the “Loan for Hope” program has distributed more than $29 million in loans to families and small companies in Italy. It is carried out through the Intesa San Paolo Bank, on behalf of the Italian bishops and Caritas … [Read more...]

Is there a ‘roadmap to happiness’ in marriage? New video series says yes

Rome, Italy, Mar 1, 2015 / 06:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With the family in the spotlight ahead of the Church’s upcoming Synod in October, one video initiative is confronting today's marriage crisis head-on by teaching couples to discover its beauty. “We wanted to develop a program that is going to meet (couples) where they are at, inspire them to God’s beautiful plan for love, for marriage, where we are called to find our happiness,” said Dr. Edward Sri, theology … [Read more...]

This Lent, the Pope has a message for lapsed Catholics: It’s never too late

Rome, Italy, Feb 27, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fallen away Catholics are being invited to “come home” this Lent through a worldwide initiative led by Pope Francis, which points to confession as a primary way to experience God's merciful embrace. “So often, people are afraid to come back to church or to the Sacrament of Reconciliation for they feel that, since they have been gone for so long, there is no way back,” said Father Geno Sylva, English language … [Read more...]

Could Pope Francis travel to Ukraine?

Kyiv, Ukraine, Feb 26, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has sent a letter inviting Pope Francis to visit Ukraine, though the Vatican diplomacy has not yet responded, Ukraine's Embassy to the Holy See told CNA on Wednesday. The embassy forwarded the letter to the Vatican Secretariat of State Feb. 18, two days before the ad limina meeting of Ukrainian bishops with Pope Francis. Bishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Eparchy of St. Vladimir the Great … [Read more...]

The story of a Czech priest who testified to a miracle – and was killed for it

Rome, Italy, Feb 25, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest who witnessed to a miracle in communist Czechoslovakia in the 1940s was tortured and beaten to death for refusing to recant what his parishioners had seen. And now Catholics from the country are honoring his heroic virtue and pushing for him to be recognized as a martyr. At a recent gathering in Cihost' commemorating the priest's brutal death, his current successor at the parish church says he's grateful for efforts … [Read more...]

A UK bishop’s plea: speak up on marriage before it’s too late

Shrewsbury, England, Feb 25, 2015 / 12:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Inside a small English church dedicated to St. Columba, a congregation of Catholics gathered, sitting in the midst of 2,500 years of marriage. As they celebrated marriage as a blessing to society, they also received a warning: speak up on behalf of marriage now, before doing so becomes taboo. Bishop Mark Davies of the Diocese of Shrewsbury celebrated Mass on Feb. 14 for over 50 couples who were commemorating their anniversaries … [Read more...]