Secretaries to John XXIII, John Paul II recount sanctity

Vatican City, Apr 25, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinals Loris Capovilla and Stanislaw Dziwisz, who were personal secretaries to John XXIII and John Paul II, spoke at a news conference Friday of the clear sanctity of both Popes. Recalling the final days of Bl. John XXIII's life, Cardinal Capovilla, said April 25 that as the Pope lay on his deathbed, he said, trying to comfort him, that while there were but a few persons in the room, the square below was full of people praying for … [Read more...]

Pope emphasizes ‘indissolubility of Christian matrimony’

Vatican City, Apr 25, 2014 / 02:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on April 25 stressed the need for bishops and priests to give a “consistent witness” to Christian moral teaching, including the lifelong nature of Christian marriage, and to teach these truths “with great compassion.” “The holiness and indissolubility of Christian matrimony, often disintegrating under tremendous pressure from the secular world, must be deepened by clear doctrine and supported by … [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput: Pope Francis brings fresh exhilaration to the Church

New York City, N.Y., Apr 25, 2014 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia reflected that Pope Francis in the first year of his papacy has shown “a deep sense of the continuity of the Church” while also being “something different” and “a surprise.” “He’s a surprise; disarming, improbable, the kind of man no one could have predicted – a surprise that keeps unfolding into more surprises,” Archbishop … [Read more...]

Woman healed by John Paul II’s intercession recounts miracle

Rome, Italy, Apr 25, 2014 / 10:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Floribeth Mora Diaz, the Costa Rican woman whose healing through the intercession of Bl. John Paul II paved the way for his canonization Sunday, describes the incident as being a rebirth. "That was the day I was born again: May 1, 2011," Mora told CNA April 24. In April 2011, Mora had been diagnosed with a serious brain aneurism and been given a month to live. Mora explained that "once I became ill, I began to carry … [Read more...]

Pope thanks Poland, Bergamo for gift of two great saints

Vatican City, Apr 25, 2014 / 07:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In messages to both residents of Poland and Bergamo, Pope Francis conveyed his gratitude for Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII, saying that their holiness continues to inspire the Church today. “I thank the Polish people and the Church in Poland for the gift of John Paul II,” the Pope said in a video clip addressed to the Church in Poland, adding that “all of us have been enriched by this gift.” Aired Thursday … [Read more...]

Profound spiritual life of John XXIII credited for Vatican II

Vatican City, Apr 25, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The great-nephew of Blessed John XXIII revealed the pontiff's Church vision in calling for the Second Vatican Council, noting the great continuity between his ideas and the pontificate of John Paul II. “John XXIII does not avoid confrontation with the world of his time, although perhaps the real dialectical confrontation with modernity was up to Paul VI,” Marco Roncalli told CNA, “however it is Pope (John XXIII) … [Read more...]

Papal phone calls cannot change Church doctrine, canonist assures

Vatican City, Apr 25, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Marriage is indissoluble according to the doctrine of the Church and a Pope’s phone call could not change that, a canon lawyer has explained. Media speculation arose this week over an alleged phone call made by Pope Francis to a divorced and remarried Argentine woman. It is claimed he told her she could receive Communion. It is simply “impossible Pope Francis would have changed the doctrine on the indissolubility of the … [Read more...]


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