Friends, scholars recount sanctity of ‘Good Pope John’

Vatican City, Apr 23, 2014 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a conference held at the Vatican Wednesday, a scholar on Bl. John XXIII and the Pope's one-time butler both spoke about his kindness and charity ahead of his canonization, which will occur April 27 along with that of John Paul II. Guido Gusso, who was John XXIII's personal butler, was present at the April 23 event, recounting several personal stories. Gusso began working for Angelo Roncalli when he was Patriarch of … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus prepares to celebrate papal canonizations

New Haven, Conn., Apr 23, 2014 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus will sponsor major celebrations of the double canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII in several U.S. cities, in addition to providing financial and logistical support in Rome. “These two saints have each left very important legacies for the Church, and important examples of holiness for all of us,” Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, said April 22. Anderson … [Read more...]

CHA’s Sister Carol Keehan Insists Obamacare Bars Federal Dollars for Abortion: Is She Right?

Washington D.C., Apr 23, 2014 / 02:08 pm (National Catholic Register).- Does the Affordable Care Act (ACA) permit federal dollars for elective abortion, in a sharp departure from legislative precedent? No, says Daughter of Charity Sister Carol Keehan, the president of the Catholic Health Association (CHA), an industry lobby that represents Church-affiliated hospitals and nursing-care facilities, which provided crucial backing for the controversial health-care law when it narrowly passed … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI: I knew during his life that John Paul II was a saint

Rome, Italy, Apr 23, 2014 / 12:47 pm (CNA).- In a rare interview, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recalled his close friendship with Blessed John Paul II, saying that the pontiff’s sanctity and deep spirituality were apparent during his life. “In the years in which I collaborated with him, it was ever clearer to me that John Paul II was a saint,” said Benedict XVI during an interview with Polish journalist Wlodzimierz Redzioch, which was published April 20 in the Spanish … [Read more...]

Postulators reflect on humanity of John Paul II, John XXIII

Vatican City, Apr 23, 2014 / 06:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The postulators of the canonization causes for both John Paul II and John XXIII told journalists at the Vatican that the soon-to-be-saints also had faults which show their “humanity.” At the Holy See Press Office April 22, Monsignor Slawomir Oder and Father Giovangiuseppe Califano discussed both the innate signs of holiness as well as the limitations of the pontiffs. Msgr. Oder recalled that John Paul II “was a man … [Read more...]

Resurrection pours ‘fresh hope’ on the world, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Apr 23, 2014 / 05:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience Wednesday, Pope Francis emphasized the certainty of Christ's presence in the world today, noting how his resurrection invites us to reject sin and open ourselves to joy and hope.   “In these days we celebrate with joy the great mystery of the Resurrection of Christ,” he told the crowds packed into St. Peter's Square April 23. “With the resurrection, all has been made new and … [Read more...]

Arabic iBreviary a ‘gateway’ to religious freedom, creator says

Rome, Italy, Apr 23, 2014 / 04:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Paolo Padrini, creator of the iBreviary application, said that part of his goal for the recent release of the program in Arabic is fostering religious freedom in countries persecuted for their faith. “This, I feel, is a very useful service. It’s a gateway to religious freedom. An instrument of religious freedom, or an instrument of prayer and also an instrument of peace,” Fr. Padrini told CNA on April 15. Fr. … [Read more...]


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