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...]