Bishop Gendron: St. Kateri Mass began healing of Canadian divisions

Montreal, Canada, Nov 11, 2012 / 04:12 pm (CNA).- Canadians from the country’s First Nations and those of European descent took an important step toward reconciliation when they gathered Nov. 4 at St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal to give thanks for the canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha.“I think the grace of the canonization for the natives, as well as for the other people in Canada, is a grace of reconciliation,” Bishop Lionel Gendron of the Diocese of Saint … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict highlights faith, charity bond

Vatican City, Nov 11, 2012 / 01:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Nov. 11 Angelus address, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on Sunday’s Mass readings featuring two poor widows who provide timeless models of faith and charity.“In today’s Gospel, the poor widow gives everything she possesses to the Temple,” the Pope said, as he addressed the crowd from the papal apartments overlooking a rainy St. Peter’s Square.“May her unconditional offering inspire us to … [Read more...]

Benedictine nun St. Gertrude the Great honored Nov. 16

Denver, Colo., Nov 11, 2012 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Nov. 16 the Catholic Church celebrates the memory of a distinguished medieval nun and writer in the Benedictine monastic tradition, Saint Gertrude of Helfta, better known as “St. Gertrude the Great.” One of the most esteemed woman saints of the Christian West, she was a notable early devotee of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. “She was an exceptional woman, endowed with special natural talents and extraordinary gifts … [Read more...]