Last Updated: Feb 27, 2015

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

Rome, Italy, Feb 27, 2015 / 06:02 am (EWTN News/CNA).- 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.

Pope Francis back from Ariccia with new seeds planted

Rome, Italy, Feb 27, 2015 / 08:15 am (EWTN News/CNA).- After a weeklong spiritual retreat outside of Rome, Pope Francis expressed his gratitude to the priest who led the reflections, saying that although it’s not easy to preach to priests, seeds have been planted.

Jesuit priest's cheerful disposition kept hope alive during Afghan captivity

Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb 27, 2015 / 04:01 am (EWTN News/CNA).- A key player in working for the release of a Jesuit priest held by suspected Taliban militants in Afghanistan for eight months said Thursday the priest never lost hope and was confident in the efforts being made to secure his freedom.

African bishops aim for observer status at African Union

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Feb 27, 2015 / 02:08 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The African bishops took the first step on Monday toward having representation at the African Union, with the appointment of a liaison between the AU and the ymposium of African bishops conferences.