‘Little Flower’ artifacts draw faithful closer to St. Thérèse

Washington D.C., Oct 5, 2013 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As a weathered wooden writing desk tours the U.S., its drawers stained black with century-old ink, its presence helps bring the faithful closer to the saint who used it to pen “Story of a Soul” –  Thérèse of Lisieux. The relics, which also include a wooden pen and a small glass ink well, are a “very human and very intimate remembrance of the Little Flower,” said Father Andrew Small, OMI, … [Read more...]

Legion of Christ general chapter announced for January

Rome, Italy, Oct 5, 2013 / 01:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Papal delegate overseeing the Legion of Christ has announced that the order's general chapter will commence Jan. 8, 2014, to establish new constitutions for the order and to elect its new leaders. “The General Chapter should represent the whole institute and be 'a true sign of its unity in charity,'” Cardinal Velasio De Paolis wrote in an Oct. 4 letter to the Legionaries of Christ. “The upcoming … [Read more...]

Diocesan ministries providing much-needed lifelines

Providence, R.I., Oct 5, 2013 / 11:44 am (CNA).- The poverty rate is deepening in Rhode Island and in response the Diocese of Providence is opening its arms even wider by way of its ministries.While Pope Francis recently referred to poverty as a “scandal,” and called for a greater sharing among the world’s people of the planet’s vast resources, the Diocese of Providence has for many years led a successful, multi-faceted outreach effort to help meet the needs of the … [Read more...]

Deacons ordained in Rome to preach the Gospel in US

Vatican City, Oct 5, 2013 / 11:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday, 41 seminarians studying at the North American College in Rome were ordained deacons for their respective dioceses in the United States and Australia. The 41 men lay prostrate on the floor of St. Peter's Basilica Oct. 3 while the Litany of Saints was prayed over them, before they made life-long commitments, promising obedience to their bishops, daily prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours, and celibacy. As he lay on the … [Read more...]

Holocaust survivor thanks Pope for Church’s aid in WWII

Assisi, Italy, Oct 5, 2013 / 05:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The last living person whom the Bishop of Assisi saved from being killed during the Holocaust met with Pope Francis yesterday, thanking him for the Church's role in protecting her people.“Thank you for what the Church did for us,” Graziella Viterbi, 88, told Pope Francis Oct. 4 at the archbishop's residence in Assisi, where her family fled as refugees in 1943.“I thank you,” Pope Francis replied. … [Read more...]