Youth fill Rome’s cathedral to remember John Paul II, John XXIII

Rome, Italy, Apr 22, 2014 / 05:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Basilica of St. John Lateran, cathedral of the Diocese of Rome, was filled Tuesday with thousands of youths who had come to learn more about the two Bishops of Rome who will be canonized Sunday. Both John Paul II and John XXIII will be canonized by Pope Francis April 27 at a Mass in St. Peter’s Square. Fr. Giovanngiuseppe Califano, a Franciscan and the postulator of Bl. John XXIII, opened the April 22 event by remembering … [Read more...]

English bishop: assisted suicide bill threatens vulnerable

Shrewsbury, England, Apr 22, 2014 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, England, has warned that a British proposal to legalize assisted suicide would change “long-established laws which uphold the sanctity of human life” and put the weakest in society at risk. “It is hard to understand that, at a time when there has been so much public concern about the care of the most vulnerable in our hospitals and care homes, we would be contemplate … [Read more...]

Pope Francis gives Easter eggs to children with cancer

Rome, Italy, Apr 22, 2014 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis sent 150 Easter eggs to the Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital as an Easter gift to children hospitalized with cancer. According to hospital officials, a van from the Vatican filled with chocolate eggs arrived at the facility during Holy Week, and the eggs were given to the children in the oncology unit. The Bambino Gesu Hospital, known as “the Pope's Hospital,” was founded in 1869 and is the oldest pediatric … [Read more...]

Cardinal: dedication to God links John XXIII, John Paul II

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2014 / 04:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The papacies of John XXIII and John Paul II are connected in their dedication to God and to lives of priestly service, a cardinal who worked with both of the pontiffs stressed. “The two Popes are linked above all by the fact that they were Popes, and Saint Popes, and this is connected with the deepness of their ministry, of a life totally dedicated to their priestly service,” said Cardinal Paul Poupard, president emeritus of … [Read more...]

Philippines issue new stamps of Blessed John Paul II, John XXIII

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2014 / 04:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the presentation of a new stamp of Pope Francis, Philippine postmaster Maria De la Cruz revealed that they will also release stamps honoring Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII for their canonization. “We’re actually issuing a very special commemorative stamp of the canonization of Pope John Paul, and Pope John XXIII,” Maria Josefina De la Cruz told CNA on April 16 after the official presentation of their new … [Read more...]

Embrace Easter hope and forgiveness, archbishop tells Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar, Apr 22, 2014 / 02:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Easter message, Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, emphasized the hope of the holy day and encouraged the country to seek forgiveness and reconciliation amid past and present conflict. “Easter breaks forth like a dawn. Its message is soaked in hope. Even the longest night ends in dawn. Every human suffering has an expiration date. The beacon of human journey is hope,” he said. His Easter message was … [Read more...]

Coptic priest appointed personal secretary to Pope Francis

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It was made known Thursday that Monsignor Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, a priest of the Coptic Patriarchate of Alexandria, has been made second personal secretary to Pope Francis. The position is among the Pope’s closest collaborators, and this marks the first time that an Eastern Catholic priest has been appointed to the position. The vacancy filled by Msgr. Lahzi Gaid March 17 was created when Msgr. Alfred Xuereb was transferred from … [Read more...]


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