Sacraments make Greenport girl’s wish come true

Greenport, N.Y., Jul 1, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Making her first Holy Communion last weekend was truly a wish come true for Bethzy Bran-Lopez, a six-year-old girl from St. Agnes parish in Greenport, N.Y. with a tiny body and an enormous love for Jesus.Struggling all her life from a genetic disorder, Bethzy is only the size of a toddler, weighing about 18 pounds. Her condition affects her lungs and heart, preventing her body from getting enough oxygen, so she is tethered to an oxygen tank by a … [Read more...]

Pope: healthcare workers can learn from Christ’s miracles

Vatican City, Jul 1, 2012 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Jesus Christ’s miraculous healing of the daughter of Jairus and a woman who suffered from a hemorrhage should inspire healthcare workers to care for the entire person, physical and spiritual, Pope Benedict XVI said July 1.“In this invaluable service, one must first be professionally competent – it is a primary, fundamental requirement – but this alone is not enough,” said the Pope in his Sunday Angelus … [Read more...]

Church honors priest and founder St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria July 5

Denver, Colo., Jul 1, 2012 / 07:09 am (CNA).- On July 5, the Catholic Church remembers Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria. A renowned preacher and promoter of Eucharistic adoration, he founded the order of priests now known as the Barnabites. In 2001, the future Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, wrote the preface for a book on St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, praising the saint as “one of the great figures of Catholic reform in the 1500s,” who was involved “in the renewal of … [Read more...]

Cardinal Schönborn: Loss of Mid-East Christians would be ‘tragedy for the region’

Washington D.C., Jun 30, 2012 / 05:04 pm (CNA).- World leaders and diplomats must help prevent a total loss of Middle Eastern Christianity, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna warned in a June 26 panel discussion in Washington, D.C. “Religious geography is mobile. And as things go, it may happen that the Near East will undergo the fate of the North African Christianity in the seventh century,” Vienna's archbishop told listeners at the Hudson Institute. That … [Read more...]

Turning work into prayer

Atlanta, Ga., Jun 30, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Mention the word “work” and many people cringe. As for me, the moment I was old enough to wield a broom, I labored along with my mother and sister to get our Miami home into tiptop shape.We scoured tubs, polished dressers, changed linens and tackled a pile of clothes waiting for the sizzle of the iron.In high school I had simple jobs like babysitting and gift wrapping presents in a department store. In college, I waited tables, sold … [Read more...]

Archbishop Fulton Sheen beatification could come ‘very quickly’

Peoria, Ill., Jun 30, 2012 / 07:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest connected with the cause of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen has said the “historic speed” with which he was declared "venerable" could be the sign of a rapid beatification and canonization process for the famous U.S. television evangelist.Msgr. Stanley Deptula, the executive director of the Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation, told a June 29 telephone press conference that only God knows whether and when … [Read more...]

New US archbishops grateful to receive palliums

Rome, Italy, Jun 29, 2012 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop-elect Samuel J. Aquila of Denver said he was deeply thankful to be among the dozens of new archbishops to receive a pallium from Pope Benedict XVI in Rome on June 29. “When I went up to receive the pallium I truly felt humbled thinking 'who am I to be receiving this great gift, this sign of unity with the Holy Father and to be receiving it from Benedict XVI,'” he told CNA moments after departing the papal … [Read more...]