Parish named for John XXIII travels from Wis. for canonization

Rome, Italy, Apr 26, 2014 / 04:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A pilgrim group from Roncalli Newman Parish in La Crosse, Wis., has journeyed to Rome for the canonization of Pope John XXIII, whose baptismal name was Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli. As the parish celebrates the 50th anniversary of its church building, its pastor Fr. James Kurzynski felt “that it would be wonderful to have some parishioners go to Rome to be present at the canonization Mass to remember this great event in the context of … [Read more...]

Polish youth in Rome: John Paul II is ‘our pride’

Rome, Italy, Apr 26, 2014 / 12:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Having traveled 20 hours for the canonization of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII, Polish youth voiced their excitement for the event, saying that former pontiff is “someone special” for the country. “I think that our Pope was someone special and he's our pride and we should be proud of such a great man,” Kasia Kozba, 18, told CNA April 25 following a Mass organized by the Knights of Columbus, who donated two of … [Read more...]

John Paul II remembered for influential love of youth, nature

Boulder, Colo., Apr 26, 2014 / 09:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope John Paul II’s love for young people and nature was based on a profound understanding of the link that both bear to God, say organizers of a Colorado summer camp named after the late pontiff. “John Paul II understood our connection with creation on a deep and profound level,” said Annie Powell, founder and director of Camp Wojtyla. “He told us that ‘our very contact with creation has a deep, … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI to concelebrate at canonization Mass

Vatican City, Apr 26, 2014 / 06:09 am (CNA).- The Holy See’s press office has announced that retired pontiff Benedict XVI will be a concelebrant at Sunday’s Mass and canonizations of John Paul II and John XXIII. “Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has accepted the invitation of Pope Francis to attend the canonization. He will concelebrate the Mass, but not at the altar,” announced Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi at a press conference on April 26. The head of the … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus host Mass for Polish pilgrims in Rome

Vatican City, Apr 26, 2014 / 05:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In honor of the canonizations of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII the Knights of Columbus donated two fields in Rome where Polish pilgrims can camp,  also holding a Mass led by their Supreme chaplain. “We had a tremendously close relationship with John Paul II during his papacy,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson told CNA April 24 regarding the Saints, “So, for the Knights of Columbus, this is a wonderful, wonderful … [Read more...]