Relic of John Paul II’s blood stolen from Italian church

Rome, Italy, Jan 28, 2014 / 02:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A reliquary containing drops of the blood of Blessed Pope John Paul II has been stolen from a church in central Italy. According to reports, thieves stole the relic and a small simple cross from the Church of San Pietro della Ienca in the mountainous region of Abruzzo. Pasquale Corrieri, who heads the cultural center that cares for the church, said he believed the theft was “commissioned,” ABC News … [Read more...]

Pope reminds businesses of responsibility to help poor, vulnerable

Davos, Switzerland, Jan 28, 2014 / 12:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Business leaders have an obligation to use their gifts to help the poor and vulnerable, working to promote equality and human dignity, said Pope Francis in a recent letter. “It is intolerable that thousands of people continue to die every day from hunger, even though substantial quantities of food are available, and often simply wasted,” the Pope said. “Likewise, we cannot but be moved by the many refugees … [Read more...]

‘Come out of your shell’ to praise the Lord, Pope encourages

Vatican City, Jan 28, 2014 / 07:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke on the importance of freely praising God in our prayer, and warned against an attitude which can be judgmental of others who do not follow certain “formalities.” “You’re able to shout when your team scores a goal, and you are not able to sing praises to the Lord? To come out of your shell ever so slightly to sing (His praise)?” the Pope asked during his Jan. 28 daily … [Read more...]

Pope advances the causes of eight possible Saints

Vatican City, Jan 28, 2014 / 04:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a Monday meeting with the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis approved the “heroic virtue” of eight Servants of God, which now allows their public veneration. Among those whose causes the Pope moved forward during his Jan. 27 meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato SDB, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, are one martyr and seven priests and religious hailing … [Read more...]

Opus Dei bishop showed ‘enormous faith,’ biographer says

New York City, N.Y., Jan 28, 2014 / 04:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The upcoming beatification of Opus Dei lead prelate Bishop Alvaro del Portillo brings to prominence a man of deep faith and love of God, according to his biographer. “He was someone who reached out to all kinds of people. He would befriend the doormen in the Vatican. They’d come over and say hello to him. He was interested in everybody,” Seton Hall University professor John Coverdale told CNA Jan. … [Read more...]

Student debt delays some Americans from religious life

Washington D.C., Jan 28, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- About ten percent of those who took perpetual religious vows in the U.S. in 2013 said that educational debt delayed their application to religious orders or institutes, a new survey says. The findings come in the annual report of Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, summarized by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Vowed religious had a median educational debt of $30,000 when they first … [Read more...]

New app aims to enliven Scriptures, boost accessibility

Chicago, Ill., Jan 28, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new app featuring the full text and dramatic readings of the Bible is drawing praise from Catholic clergy who say it can help more people read or hear the Scriptures no matter where they are. Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay said the app “makes hearing and reflecting upon the word of God easy, engaging and acceptable.” “The New Evangelization calls us to reach out using new methods and expressions and this tool … [Read more...]