Obama praises influence of Saints John XXIII, John Paul II

Washington D.C., Apr 28, 2014 / 07:41 pm (CNA).- U.S. president Barack Obama issued a statement Monday noting the canonization of both John XXIII and John Paul II over the weekend, paying tribute to their work in the Church and society. “Today, Michelle and I join Catholics around the world in celebrating the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II,” he said April 28. “The work and witness of both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II shaped not only the … [Read more...]

Masses of Thanksgiving offered in Rome for new Pope saints

Rome, Italy, Apr 28, 2014 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XIII, Church officials presided over two Masses of Thanksgiving, drawing attention to the saints’ enormous contributions to the Church and to society. Taking place April 28 at 10 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, where the day before huge numbers of pilgrims crowded for the canonization of the ecclesial giants, Cardinal Angelo Comastri led the congregation in giving thanks … [Read more...]

Poor Brazilian parish becomes first to take St. John Paul II’s name

Brasilia, Brazil, Apr 28, 2014 / 04:33 pm (CNA).- A small parish in the poor neighborhood of Alagados in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, has become the first in the world to be named after St. John Paul II, after the late pontiff’s canonization April 27. Sara Gomes, spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Salvador, told AFP that the “small church of Notre Dame of Alagados will now be called 'Notre Dame of Alagados and of St. John Paul II.' It is the first in the world to be named … [Read more...]

Council of Cardinals meeting this week for fourth time

Vatican City, Apr 28, 2014 / 12:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The latest meeting of the group of eight cardinals advising Pope Francis on the reform of the Roman Curia began Monday, and will continue for the following two days. The meeting, held April 28-30, follows previous meetings held in February, December, and October. The Council of Cardinals was instituted by Pope Francis shortly after his election, to aid him in governing the Church and to revise “Pastor Bonus”, the apostolic … [Read more...]

New saints lauded for pioneering dialogue on women

Vatican City, Apr 28, 2014 / 07:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The newly-canonized John Paul II and John XXIII have drawn praise for sparking discussion within the Church on modern women and paving the way for what Pope Francis is addressing now. On St. John Paul II's contribution to the dialogue, Rome-based consecrated laywoman Ana Christina Villa reflected that “his magisterium has been so rich, so deep.” “It is informing and will inform for years to come all the work for … [Read more...]

Deacons find vocational inspiration in saintly papal witness

Vatican City, Apr 28, 2014 / 04:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The April 27 canonizations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII are a source of spiritual inspiration for young men on the path to priesthood. The proclamation of the two deceased pontiffs as saints “reminds us whether we’re Popes or not, we’re all called to be saints,” reflected Deacon Marc Homesy of Leeds, England. “Especially for me becoming a priest, who is someone in the public eye, I must seek to be … [Read more...]

Former Swiss Guard recalls John Paul II’s love for humanity

Washington D.C., Apr 27, 2014 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The life of St. John Paul II was characterized by an intense love for both God and the human person, reflected a former member of the Swiss Guard who helped to protect the pontiff. “The best way to say it is that he was the most fully human person I've ever met,” Andreas Widmer told CNA, adding that despite being the Pope, John Paul II was “a normal guy.” “You would have a blast with him,” … [Read more...]