NHL referee a gatekeeper for fair play

Denver, Colo., May 5, 2013 / 01:12 pm (CNA).- If you’re a hockey fan and you don’t know who Denny LaRue is, that just means that he has been doing a good job.While the name might sound familiar to close followers of the game, it’s likely due to his having been a referee in the National Hockey League for more than 20 years now, as opposed to a player or coach who becomes recognized by being in the headlines.“While we (on-ice officials) don’t get or crave the … [Read more...]

Pope remembers child abuse victims, offers prayers

Vatican City, May 5, 2013 / 06:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the end of Mass, Pope Francis noted that the Day of Child Victims of Violence is observed today and assured all those who “have suffered and are suffering because of abuse” that they “are present in my prayers.”“I would also say emphatically that we must all commit ourselves with clarity and courage to every human person, especially children, who are among the most vulnerable,” the Pope told the … [Read more...]

Pope uses Latin American experience to guide confraternities

Vatican City, May 5, 2013 / 06:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Drawing on the experience of the Latin American Church, Pope Francis called on groups dedicated to specific saints to grow in their faith, help unite the Church and evangelize through their public acts of devotion.“Three words, don’t forget them: Evangelical spirit, ecclesial spirit, missionary spirit. Let us ask the Lord always to direct our minds and hearts to him, as living stones of the Church, so that all that we do, our … [Read more...]

St. Rosa Venerini’s life recalled on May 7 feast

Denver, Colo., May 5, 2013 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On May 7, the Church celebrates the recently-canonized Italian educator Saint Rosa Venerini, who founded Catholic schools for girls and young women during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Her work is continued today by the “Venerini Sisters.” St. Rosa (also known as St. Rose) was declared a saint in 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI, who spoke in his canonization homily of her courageous work for “the spiritual … [Read more...]