Last Updated: Mar 29, 2015

A sweet sign of hope: Pope's envoy returns to Iraq with Easter cake

Vatican City, Mar 29, 2015 / 07:32 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis' personal envoy to Iraq will return to the country during Holy Week, bringing with him the pontiff's love and solidarity along with a special gift from the diocese of Rome: cake.

Church in Cuba enters new era with thaw of US diplomatic relations

Havana, Cuba, Mar 28, 2015 / 05:03 pm (EWTN News).- As the fifty year economic embargo and diplomatic isolation between the U.S. and Cuba comes to a close, the thaw of their historically icy relationship could have more than just social and cultural implications.

On 500th birthday, St. Teresa of Avila remains strong witness of consecrated life, says Pope

Vatican City, Mar 28, 2015 / 02:56 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- On the 500th anniversary of St. Teresa of Avila's birth, Pope Francis praised the Spanish mystic and reformer for her witness of self-gift to God, as well as her particular relevance during this Year of Consecrated Life.

Pope praises deceased Assyrian patriarch as wise pastor, ecumenical leader

Vatican City, Mar 28, 2015 / 12:15 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis has sent a telegram of condolences following the death of Catholicos Dinkha IV, patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, describing him as an “important spiritual leader, a courageous and wise pastor.”