Vatican conference to examine ‘language of the body’ in marriage

Vatican City, May 27, 2012 / 05:15 pm (CNA).- This coming September an international colloquium in Vatican City will consider how men and women become "one flesh" in marriage, and examine the "language of the body" from Christian perspectives."What type of union is the conjugal union, which comes about when a man and a woman become 'one flesh'?" asks the conference announcement.The Vatican City-based Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family is hosting the Sept. 20-21 … [Read more...]

Pope sets date to declare two new Church Doctors

Vatican City, May 27, 2012 / 10:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will declare St. Hildegard of Bingen and St. John of Avila as Doctors of the Church on Oct. 7 2012 at the beginning of this year’s Synod of Bishops in Rome.“These two great witnesses of the faith lived in very different historical periods and came from different cultural backgrounds,” said the Pope in his Regina Coeli address May 27.“But the sanctity of life and depth of teaching makes them perpetu … [Read more...]

Roman martyrs Sts. Marcellinus and Peter remembered June 2

Denver, Colo., May 27, 2012 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On June 2, the Catholic Church remembers two fourth-century martyrs, Saints Marcellinus and Peter, who were highly venerated after the discovery of their tomb and the conversion of their executioner. Although the biographical details of the two martyrs are largely unknown, it is known that they lived and died during the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. In 302, the ruler changed his tolerant stance and pursued a policy intended to … [Read more...]