John Paul II shrine prepares for canonization with joy

Washington D.C., Oct 3, 2013 / 05:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Upon hearing the official date for John Paul II’s canonization, the Washington, D.C., shrine dedicated to the former Pope is preparing to celebrate his sainthood and continuing “legacy of love.” “We want millions of people to come here to learn about their faith, and particularly John Paul II,” Patrick Kelly, executive director of the Blessed John Paul II Shrine, explained to CNA Oct. 2. “He is a … [Read more...]

Small bomb explodes in emblematic Spanish basilica

Madrid, Spain, Oct 3, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA).- A small bomb exploded on Oct. 2 in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza, Spain. Police said no one was injured in the blast. According to Europa Press, the basilica was immediately evacuated after the explosion and police set up an exterior perimeter. The small bomb, consisting of a gas cylinder with gun powder, was placed in the central nave of the basilica. Left-wing anarchists have been blamed for the attack, according to … [Read more...]

Pope stresses relevance of Bl. John XXIII’s peace encyclical

Vatican City, Oct 3, 2013 / 01:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bl. Pope John XXIII’s encyclical on peace should remind everyone of the need to “build peace on the example of Jesus Christ,” Pope Francis said Oct. 3. The failure to work for justice means “there can be no real peace and harmony,” the Pope said, according to Vatican Radio. Everyone should promote and practice “justice with truth and love” while contributing to “integral human … [Read more...]

Curial reform, role of laity top subjects in council meetings

Vatican City, Oct 3, 2013 / 11:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In their final day of meetings with Pope Francis, the group of eight cardinals defined concrete steps in curial reform and specified that the role of the laity will be a significant area of focus in the future. The council of cardinals – formed by the Pope to advise him in areas of reform and governance within the Church – began their first set of meetings Oct. 1, and finished on Thursday. In an Oct. 3 press briefing, … [Read more...]

De-humanization the most pressing issue of today, expert says

Vatican City, Oct 3, 2013 / 07:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A gathering of researchers and scientists convened in Rome to discuss some of the greatest threats to humanity, identifying the tendency to view persons as less than human as a key factor. “Human beings no longer are looked upon as persons, but as sources of raw material to help those who are the rich and the powerful,” said Dr. Jonathan Haas, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life. The academy – which works to … [Read more...]

Ave Maria University reduces tuition to ease burden on families

Naples, Fla., Oct 3, 2013 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Citing a desire to ease financial pressures on parents and students, Ave Maria University in Naples, Fla., has announced that it will reduce its annual undergraduate tuition for new students by $5,000 next year. “I think that all Catholic colleges and universities should do soul-searching these days about what they’re charging,” Jim Towey, president of Ave Maria University, told CNA Oct. 1. “The fact is, … [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput lauds Pope’s display of God’s tenderness

Philadelphia, Pa., Oct 3, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ papacy has been marked by a distinct emphasis on the poor and a unique ability to convey God’s tenderness, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said Oct. 1 at the seminary of his archdiocese. “Anyone hoping for - or worried about - a break by Pope Francis from Catholic teaching on matters of substance is going to be mistaken,” the archbishop said at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in … [Read more...]


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