Service to poor will be focus of 2014 Fortnight for Freedom

Washington D.C., Apr 29, 2014 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops have announced a third Fortnight for Freedom to encourage prayer and awareness of religious liberty, with a particular focus on how it enables service to the poor and vulnerable. “This is a time when Catholics can unite themselves in prayer to the men and women throughout history who spread the Gospel and lived out Jesus’ call to serve the ‘least of these’ in even the direst of … [Read more...]

JPII statue finds home in largest poor neighborhood in Chile

Santiago, Chile, Apr 29, 2014 / 12:10 pm (CNA).- A statue of St. John Paul II donated by the University of San Sebastian in Chile has been moved to the Puente Alto neighborhood, five years after authorities refused to install it in a prominent area in the Chilean capital. Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago blessed the statue during a Mass at the St. John Paul II Park to celebrate the canonization of the late pontiff. “It was suggested to me that I go to Rome that day, but I wanted … [Read more...]

Pope urges Christian communities to be ones of peace

Vatican City, Apr 29, 2014 / 09:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Returning to his usual daily Mass schedule, Pope Francis reflected today that our contemporary faith communities ought to reflect that of the first Christians, who were united in “heart and mind.” “They had one heart and mind,” the Pope said in his April 29 daily Mass, quoting the day’s first reading, emphasizing that they were a “community in peace.” Taking his launching point from the … [Read more...]

Young artist’s captivating work shows ‘human face’ of saints

Rome, Italy, Apr 29, 2014 / 08:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Polish artist Anna Gulak has mesmerized pilgrims in Rome with a series of drawings on the recently-canonized John Paul II and John XXIII, portraying both the holiness and humility of the two saints. “The message that I would want to give to people with this exhibition is to show the human and normal faces of these two great saint personalities,” she told CNA April 28. “They were not only Popes, but they were the … [Read more...]

Academic institute carries forward JPII’s vision of marriage, family

Rome, Italy, Apr 29, 2014 / 04:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope John Paul II's enthusiasm for the vocation of marriage and family life is being carried forward today through an academic institute dedicated to studying his theology and related issues. The Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family “was born after the synod on the family that John Paul II had desired from the beginning of his pontificate,” Msgr. Livio Melina, the Rome institute's … [Read more...]

Sophia Institute Press’ new project to aid Catholic teachers

Manchester, N.H., Apr 29, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA).- Catholic publisher Sophia Institute Press has announced a new undertaking to help train school teachers and to provide free, high-quality teaching materials and support. “Young people are less catechized than they were 20 or 30 years ago,” Charlie McKinney, Sophia Institute president, said April 16. “School teachers are burdened and over-worked, and all too often fail to find the training and materials they … [Read more...]

Cardinal Bertone defends himself against accusations of luxury

Vatican City, Apr 29, 2014 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an open letter, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has addressed accusations that he had angered Pope Francis with his “luxurious” new residence, saying he and the Pope are on good terms. “I am personally grateful to Pope Francis for having called me April 23 to express his solidarity and his disappointment for the media attacks about the apartment, of which he had been informed as soon as the article was published,” … [Read more...]