After crisis pregnancy, young mom finds fulfillment

Denver, Colo., Jun 30, 2013 / 04:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A 22-year-old single mom who chose life during an unplanned pregnancy says that she has found “purpose and love” in the joys and trials of motherhood.“Being a mom is definitely the road to sainthood for me; it requires total self-sacrifice, but dying to oneself through motherhood has only brought me closer to Christ,” Raquel Kato told CNA in a recent interview.Kato’s story spread on the internet last … [Read more...]

Jesus does not want ‘remote-controlled’ Christians, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 30, 2013 / 01:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Sunday Angelus address to thousands of pilgrims, Pope Francis said that Jesus does want Christians to succumb to either extreme of being self-absorbed or overly-dependent. “Jesus wants neither selfish Christians, who follow their egos and do not speak with God, nor weak Christians, without will, 'remote-controlled,'” he said. The latter are “incapable of ever to connect with the … [Read more...]

Eastern Catholics to commemorate St. Andrew of Crete

Denver, Colo., Jun 30, 2013 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Celebrated by Eastern Catholics of the Byzantine tradition on July 4, Saint Andrew of Crete was a seventh-and eighth-century monk, bishop, and hymn-writer. Among Eastern Christians he is best known as the author of the “Great Canon,” a lengthy prayer service traditionally offered as a penitential practice during Lent. He is also venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, where he is better known for his writings on … [Read more...]

Navy chaplain honored in Vietnam despite Communist objections

Da Nang, Vietnam, Jun 29, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Joseph Chau Ngoc Tri of Da Nang recently said Mass in honor of Father Vincent Capodanno, a U.S. chaplain killed during the Vietnam War, and encouraged his people to ask the priest's intercession.Ted Bronson, a retired Navy Captain, told CNA June 26 that Bishop Tri “is a brave bishop, fostering Capodanno under the umbrella” of Vietnamese communism.The Mass, said on June 14, marked the 55th anniversary of Fr. … [Read more...]

Church praying for new archbishops, Pope affirms

Vatican City, Jun 29, 2013 / 02:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said the Church is praying for the dozens of new archbishops whom he greeted and gave wool vestments symbolizing fidelity to during in a Mass at Saint Peter's Basilica. “We pray for the metropolitan archbishops of different Churches of the world to which a little while ago I delivered the pallium, the symbol of communion,” Pope Francis said June 29. “I pray for all of their communities, I … [Read more...]

Pope Francis greets, bestows pallium on 34 new archbishops

Vatican City, Jun 29, 2013 / 01:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Mass during the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis gave a pallium to the 34 men who were made archbishops in the last year, highlighting their fidelity to Rome and to the papacy. “May you see in this Pallium a symbol of unity and a sign of communion with the Apostolic See,” Pope Francis told the archbishops June 29. “May it be a bond of charity and a source of strength, so that on the day of the coming … [Read more...]

Group celebrates first ordinations since reunion with Rome

Rome, Italy, Jun 29, 2013 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For the first time since coming into clear union with the Pope, the religious institute the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer celebrated the priestly ordination of two of its members on June 22. Father Magdala Maria and Father Yousef Marie were ordained alongside Fr. Massimo Botta of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter by Archbishop Guido Pozzo, head of the Office of Papal Charities, in Rome. Both orders are dedicated to celebrating … [Read more...]