Cardinal: dedication to God links John XXIII, John Paul II

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2014 / 04:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The papacies of John XXIII and John Paul II are connected in their dedication to God and to lives of priestly service, a cardinal who worked with both of the pontiffs stressed. “The two Popes are linked above all by the fact that they were Popes, and Saint Popes, and this is connected with the deepness of their ministry, of a life totally dedicated to their priestly service,” said Cardinal Paul Poupard, president emeritus of … [Read more...]

Philippines issue new stamps of Blessed John Paul II, John XXIII

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2014 / 04:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the presentation of a new stamp of Pope Francis, Philippine postmaster Maria De la Cruz revealed that they will also release stamps honoring Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII for their canonization. “We’re actually issuing a very special commemorative stamp of the canonization of Pope John Paul, and Pope John XXIII,” Maria Josefina De la Cruz told CNA on April 16 after the official presentation of their new … [Read more...]

Embrace Easter hope and forgiveness, archbishop tells Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar, Apr 22, 2014 / 02:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Easter message, Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, emphasized the hope of the holy day and encouraged the country to seek forgiveness and reconciliation amid past and present conflict. “Easter breaks forth like a dawn. Its message is soaked in hope. Even the longest night ends in dawn. Every human suffering has an expiration date. The beacon of human journey is hope,” he said. His Easter message was … [Read more...]

Coptic priest appointed personal secretary to Pope Francis

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It was made known Thursday that Monsignor Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, a priest of the Coptic Patriarchate of Alexandria, has been made second personal secretary to Pope Francis. The position is among the Pope’s closest collaborators, and this marks the first time that an Eastern Catholic priest has been appointed to the position. The vacancy filled by Msgr. Lahzi Gaid March 17 was created when Msgr. Alfred Xuereb was transferred from … [Read more...]

Bishops of India pray for outcome of general elections

New Delhi, India, Apr 21, 2014 / 08:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in India are praying as they vote in the midst of five weeks of the nation's parliamentary elections, now going on in the world's largest democracy. “We are very hopeful that the general elections underway will be conducted in a free and democratic way,” Bishop Henry D’Souza of Bellary told CNA earlier this month. More than 814 million Indians are registered to vote in the polls, which take … [Read more...]

San Diego bishop recovering after stroke

San Diego, Calif., Apr 21, 2014 / 06:33 pm (CNA).- Bishop Cirilo Flores of San Diego is “alert and in good spirits” after suffering a stroke on the afternoon of April 16, according to a statement released by the diocese. “With the faithful people of God let us pray for Bishop Flores’ speedy and full recovery,” the San Diego diocese’s vicar general Monsignor Steven F. Callahan said April 17. The bishop suffered the stroke in his office at the … [Read more...]

Ads bring Church’s message to mainstream NY radio

New York City, N.Y., Apr 21, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Lay Catholics on the East Coast have teamed up with a prominent cardinal to create ads for secular radio proclaiming the Church’s message to an audience who may not otherwise hear it. “This is an incredible opportunity to have listeners on a secular news radio media hear a message that gives very tangible examples of the good in the Catholic Church – what it has been doing, what it is doing, and what it will … [Read more...]