Last Von Trapp singer, who served as missionary, dies at 99

Rome, Italy, Mar 1, 2014 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Feb. 18 Maria Franziska von Trapp passed away after spending her life as a performer alongside her six siblings, and later as a lay-missionary with her step-mother in Papua New Guinea. Maria von Trapp was the third child and second oldest daughter of Austrian Naval Captain Georg von Trapp and his first wife Agathe Whitehead von Trapp. She was the last surviving member of the original seven children in the Trapp Family Singers. The … [Read more...]

Ukrainian Catholic archbishop prays for Crimea

Kyiv, Ukraine, Mar 1, 2014 / 12:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church issued a statement Feb. 28 praying for the people of Crimea and appealing for the unity of Ukraine, as Russia has reportedly deployed troops in the peninsula. “The entire family of the UGCC faithful pleads to the compassionate Lord for his protection and assistance to peacefully overcome the deteriorating situation in Crimea, and that the unity of our country might be … [Read more...]

Pope Francis resumes his commitments after a fever

Vatican City, Mar 1, 2014 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the morning of March 1, Pope Francis resumed his usual commitments, after suspending his visit to the Roman Seminary the day before due to a mild fever. The Press Office of the Holy See reported that after resting, the Holy Father decided to continue with his agenda for the morning in the Vatican, meeting with the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Marc Ouellet. Later, the Pope received the Prime Minister of Romania, … [Read more...]

St. Peter’s Square restorations to be completed for Easter, canonizations

Vatican City, Mar 1, 2014 / 08:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The restoration of the Bernini colonnade and other historic pieces in St. Peter’s Square will be finished by Easter, in time for the canonizations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII. According to an article in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano by Vatican Museums director, Prof. Antonio Paolucci, “the time schedule…provided for the completion of the construction in time for Easter of 2014 and for the … [Read more...]

Pope invited to Spain for 500th anniversary of St Teresa’s birth

Avila, Spain, Mar 1, 2014 / 08:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis received a letter Wednesday from the president of the Spanish region of Castile and Leon, Juan Vicente Herrera, inviting him to visit Spain to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa of Avila. The invitation was delivered Feb. 26 to the Holy Father during an audience held with a delegation from the Foundation for the Commemoration of the 500th Centenary of St. Teresa of Jesus, the government of Castile and Leon, … [Read more...]