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Looking at Armenia’s Fascinating Christian Past and Present (3036)

Independent Catholic filmmaker Elisabetta Valgiusti discusses her film 'Armenia’s Christians,' which airs this week on EWTN.

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Sevan Monastery, as seen in the documentary airing on EWTN

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Armenia is one of the oldest Christian countries in the world, and yet, surprisingly, little is known about the Eurasian state and its fascinating, rich Christian heritage.

To help uncover some of its riches, EWTN USA will be showing a film on Thursday, Feb. 6, that explores this long-Christian country with a history of grisly persecution but also great beauty.

Armenia’s Christians has been produced by Rome-based independent Catholic filmmaker Elisabetta Valgiusti, who has made a series of programs highlighting the need to preserve the Christian heritage in lands where Christians face persecution.

Valgiusti sat down with the Register on Jan. 31 to explain more about the program and...READ MORE

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Samurai’s Cause for Beatification Forwarded to Rome (6939)

Takayama Ukon suffered greatly for upholding the honor of Christ and his Church in 16th-century Japan.

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A 16th- to 17th-century depiction of a Mass offered in Japan.


VATICAN CITY — Takayama Ukon, a 16th-century Japanese samurai who faced exile rather than give up his Catholic faith, is being considered for sainthood because of his fidelity to Christ and his Church.

The Japanese bishops’ conference submitted a 400-page application for the samurai’s beatification to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in 2013.

Takayama’s life is an example of “great fidelity to the Christian vocation, persevering despite all difficulties,” Jesuit Father Anton Witwer, general postulator of the Society of Jesus, told CNA.

Takayama was born in 1552, three years after the Jesuit missionary St. Francis Xavier introduced Christianity to Japan. When he was 12, his...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: The Eucharist Keeps the Church Alive (4564)

The Holy Father said this sacrament “is the heart of Christian initiation and the Church’s fountain of life.”

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VATICAN CITY -- During his Feb. 5 general audience, Pope Francis spoke on the significance of the sacrament of the Eucharist, explaining that it is a banquet that reminds us of the eternal life that is yet to come.

“The Eucharist configures us in a unique and profound way with Jesus,” the Pope noted, “renewing our heart, our existence and our relationship with him and with our brothers and gives us a foretaste of communion with the Father in the banquet of the King of heaven.”

Addressing the thousands gathered in a rainy St. Peter’s Square for his weekly address, the Pope continued his catechesis on the sacraments of initiation, turning specifically to the Eucharist.


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Communion and Liberation Refreshes Believers in the Church’s Mission (7858)

The Catholic movement’s inspirational charism was on prominent display last month, at the annual 'New York Encounter' organized by its U.S. members.

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NEW YORK — The diversity of Catholicism is reflected in her lay movements. From the infectious enthusiasm displayed by the Charismatic Renewal to the dedicated work of the Community of Sant’Egidio, many believers grow closer to God within transnational groups crosscutting parish structure. And last month in New York, one of the most dynamic of the recently founded movements, Communion and Liberation (CL), communicated its Christian message through the group’s annual "New York Encounter."

The 20th century saw a surge in Catholics organizing themselves to accomplish the Church’s mission.

Two early examples are the Militia of the Immaculata, founded in 1917 in Poland by St. Maximilian Kolbe,...READ MORE

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Mexico Cathedral to Receive Blessed John Paul II Relic (2356)

The reliquary, which will contain a vial of blood, will be housed in a life-size wax sculpture of John Paul II.

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MEXICO CITY — The Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mexico City will open its Holy Door on Feb. 9 to receive a first-class relic of Blessed John Paul II, as well as a painting and a skullcap used by the soon-to-be-canonized pope.

The ceremony will mark the beginning of the relic’s pilgrimage throughout the archdiocese in order to encourage the faithful to follow the April 27 canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII with deep devotion.

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City will welcome the faithful before the Mass, after which a life-size wax sculpture of the “Pilgrim Pope” will be put on display.

The sculpture contains a reliquary in the form of a cross on its...READ MORE

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Queen Elizabeth to Meet With Pope Francis in April (2600)

It will be the British monarch’s fifth audience with a pope at the Vatican, following earlier meetings with Pius XII, John XXIII, and two meetings with John Paul II.

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LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Phillip, duke of Edinburgh, will visit Rome on April 3 and will meet with both the Pope and the Italian president, the British Monarchy has announced.

In a Feb. 4 press release, the monarchy said that the queen — who is the head of the Church of England — is traveling to Rome at the invitation of Italian President Giorgio Napolitano.

After meeting with the politician in a private lunch at the presidential palace, “Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will have an audience with His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican,” the statement said.

According to the BBC, the queen had originally planned to visit Rome in 2013, but the visit was...READ MORE

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‘The War on Women’: Lessons Learned (6790)


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Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student who testified before Congress in support of insurance coverage of contraception, hugs President Obama during a 2012 presidential campaign event.

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WASHINGTON — In September 2012, with Planned Parenthood and its allies warning of a “war on women” by lawmakers seeking to overturn Roe v. Wade, pro-life activist Lila Rose of Live Action sought to redirect public attention to the harm that abortion inflicts on women.

During an appearance at the 2012 Values Voter Summit, Rose recalled the death of 24-year-old Tonya Reaves, who left behind a 1-year-old son following an alleged botched abortion.

“Tonya is the real face of the war on women — women who have been lied to by powerful interests with powerful population-control ideologies who are telling us women that abortion will liberate us, that abortion will solve our problems,” Rose...READ MORE

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Pope in Lenten Message: Poverty of Christ Is Greatest Treasure (2921)

The Holy Father prays that upcoming Church season will be fruitful to the faithful.

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In his first message for the Lenten season, Pope Francis focuses on the poverty of Christ in becoming man, emphasizing that it is our duty to give the same humble witness in our care for the poor.

Announced in a Feb. 4 press conference, the Pope’s Lenten message was read by Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum,” the council that presents the pontifical message each year.

Taking his theme from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians, the Pope reflects on the apostle’s words, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.”

Reflecting on the...READ MORE

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