Vatican prompts prayer app update in time for World Youth Day

Dallas, Texas, Jul 20, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- Major updates to a popular Catholic prayer application for smart phones have been completed just in time for World Youth Day, at the Vatican’s request.   “Basically, it’s a completely new initiative with a new platform,” Andres Ruzo, developer of the “Ignio” prayer app, told CNA July 16. Ignio, an app that serves as a kind of Catholic prayer network, has undergone some major changes since the Vatican … [Read more...]

Playing major league ball a ‘miracle,’ first baseman says

Houston, Texas, Jul 20, 2013 / 01:15 pm (CNA).- Houston Astros first baseman Carlos Peña has a passion for the game of baseball. The Dominican American Major League Baseball star said the game was a big part of his life growing up.“When I was growing up in the Dominic Republic, baseball was considered the main sport,” Peña said.  “My father introduced me to the sport and then I grew up to love it.  With the support of my father and my mother, I … [Read more...]

Cardinal says two soon-to-be saint Popes had ‘great affinity’

Vatican City, Jul 20, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A member of the Vatican department in charge of canonization says that John XXIII and John Paul II, both expected to be proclaimed saints later this year, were very similar in character and mission.   “There is a great affinity between the two Popes,” said Cardinal Angelo Comastri, member of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints. “John XXIII felt the need to re-translate the Gospel in an accessible … [Read more...]