JPII’s theology of the body is transformative, scholar says

Washington D.C., Apr 24, 2014 / 04:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- John Paul II’s upcoming canonization gives new impetus to his “ground-breaking” theology of the body, which has the potential to “completely transform” contemporary culture, one theology professor says. “Catholics who have been presented with the teaching in its fullness have experienced profound conversions,” said Professor Mary Shivanandan. She explained that the theology of the body has … [Read more...]

Spread Christ’s joy as did St Jose de Anchieta, Pope urges

Rome, Italy, Apr 24, 2014 / 03:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During a Thanksgiving Mass for the canonization of St. Jose de Anchieta, Pope Francis spoke Thursday on the theme of joy, saying that while it can be intimidating, it is a gift of God which ought to be spread. St. Jose de Anchieta, the 'Apostle of Brazil', “found out how to communicate that which he experienced with the Lord,” Pope Francis said during a April 24 Mass said at Rome's St. Ignatius of Loyola … [Read more...]

Do not be ‘afraid of joy,’ Pope encourages

Vatican City, Apr 24, 2014 / 11:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis rebuked Christians who are “afraid of joy” and “mournful,” encouraging them to remember that Jesus Christ accompanies them. “We’re afraid of being close to Jesus because this gives us joy,” he said in his homily during Easter Thursday Mass at the Santa Marta Residence in the Vatican, Vatican Radio reports. He said there are Christians whose lives “seem to be a perpetual … [Read more...]

Doubts increase over Pope’s alleged phone call on divorce

Vatican City, Apr 24, 2014 / 05:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Media frenzy over an alleged phone call Pope Francis made to a divorced and remarried woman allowing her to receive Communion has seen a rise in conflicting details – and has been lamented by the Vatican as causing “confusion.” Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said today that the Holy See will not officially comment on the alleged phone call Pope Francis made to an Argentinean woman this week, as the pontiff's … [Read more...]

Gosnell movie fundraiser tops $1.2 million

Los Angeles, Calif., Apr 24, 2014 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A fundraising campaign to create a movie about the notorious Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell has surpassed $1.2 million in donations, more than halfway to its goal. “We have to keep the momentum going,” film producer Phelim McAleer said at an April 22 briefing at the Heritage Foundation. The filmmaker considers Gosnell “the biggest serial killer in American history.” In May 2013, Gosnell was … [Read more...]

Ancient Roman church to host English pre-canonization prayer vigil

Rome, Italy, Apr 24, 2014 / 02:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On April 26, the evening before the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, English speaking pilgrims from across the globe will gather at San Marco al Campidoglio in Rome. The Church is one of 11 Roman parishes that will hold prayer vigils ahead of the canonizations. In addition to the parish dedicated for English-speaking pilgrims, San Angese in Agone will have a vigil in Polish; San Anastasia in Portuguese; … [Read more...]

Woman cured by John Paul II bringing suitcase of prayers to Rome

San José, Costa Rica, Apr 24, 2014 / 12:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Floribeth Mora, the 50-year-old Costa Rican woman whose miraculous healing paved the way for the canonization of John Paul II, is taking to the Vatican a suitcase filled with handwritten letters for Pope Francis. Mora was cured of a brain aneurysm in 2011 thanks to the intercession of the then-recently beatified John Paul II. The approval of this miracle allowed John Paul’s path to sainthood to move forward. In … [Read more...]


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