Catholics in Russia form Year of Faith pilgrimage

Moscow, Russia, Jun 23, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- To mark the Year of Faith in Russia, lay-Catholic group Una Voce has organized a five-day pilgrimage in honor of 11th-century king Saint Olaf, including daily Mass and veneration of his icon. The pilgrimage will last from July 25 to 29 – concluding in the northern city of Veliky Novgorod – and brings together Catholics devoted to both the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite and to the Byzantine rite. “The idea was … [Read more...]

Catholics are called to ‘daily martyrdom,’ says Pope

Vatican City, Jun 23, 2013 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his June 23 Angelus reflection, Pope Francis said the faithful are called to follow the example of the martyrs in losing their lives for Christ, even if they do not suffer violence for their faith.“Both in the past and today, in many parts of the world there are martyrs, both men and women, who are imprisoned or killed for the sole reason of being Christian,” he said, noting that there are more martyrs dying violent … [Read more...]

St. Irenaeus’ stand for orthodoxy honored June 28

Denver, Colo., Jun 23, 2013 / 06:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church on June 28, and by Eastern Catholics of the Byzantine tradition on August 23, Saint Irenaeus of Lyons was a second-century bishop and writer in present-day France. He is best known for defending Christian orthodoxy, especially the reality of Christ’s human incarnation, against the set of heresies known as Gnosticism.Pope Benedict XVI spoke admiringly of St. Irenaeus in a 2007 general … [Read more...]