New translation tells ‘forgotten history’ of Cristero uprising

New Haven, Conn., Jul 21, 2013 / 06:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The story of the persecution of Mexican Catholics in the 1920s is being told anew, in an English translation of a book by a scholar of Mexican culture and history. “This was a period of enormous suffering and loss of life, as the government of Mexico in the 1920s sought to all but extinguish the faith that was fervently practiced and loved by the people,” Joseph Cullen, senior communications specialist with the Knights of … [Read more...]

Vatican prompts prayer app update in time for World Youth Day

Dallas, Texas, Jul 20, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- Major updates to a popular Catholic prayer application for smart phones have been completed just in time for World Youth Day, at the Vatican’s request.   “Basically, it’s a completely new initiative with a new platform,” Andres Ruzo, developer of the “Ignio” prayer app, told CNA July 16. Ignio, an app that serves as a kind of Catholic prayer network, has undergone some major changes since the Vatican … [Read more...]

Playing major league ball a ‘miracle,’ first baseman says

Houston, Texas, Jul 20, 2013 / 01:15 pm (CNA).- Houston Astros first baseman Carlos Peña has a passion for the game of baseball. The Dominican American Major League Baseball star said the game was a big part of his life growing up.“When I was growing up in the Dominic Republic, baseball was considered the main sport,” Peña said.  “My father introduced me to the sport and then I grew up to love it.  With the support of my father and my mother, I … [Read more...]

Cardinal says two soon-to-be saint Popes had ‘great affinity’

Vatican City, Jul 20, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A member of the Vatican department in charge of canonization says that John XXIII and John Paul II, both expected to be proclaimed saints later this year, were very similar in character and mission.   “There is a great affinity between the two Popes,” said Cardinal Angelo Comastri, member of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints. “John XXIII felt the need to re-translate the Gospel in an accessible … [Read more...]

Pro-life activist’s former abortion clinic in Texas closes

Washington D.C., Jul 19, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The abortion clinic formerly managed by pro-life activist Abby Johnson will close as a result of more stringent health regulations on such facilities throughout the state of Texas. “This is what grace truly looks like,” Johnson told 40 Days for Life, a national pro-life campaign. “Knowing that the former abortion clinic I once ran is now closing is the biggest personal victory of my life.”   Johnson, a … [Read more...]

Flash mob organizers hope to unite WYD crowds in Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 19, 2013 / 02:08 pm (CNA).- Organizers of a massive flash mob in Brazil hope that some two million young people from around the world will dance for Pope Francis before the start of the closing Mass for World Youth Day 2013.“The idea of the flash mob is to show that together we can show the world something, that we are able to say something to the world. To show unity, that we think together,” said Edson Erdmann, artistic director for the events at … [Read more...]

‘Everything is lost in war,’ Pope says of WWII church bombing

Vatican City, Jul 19, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis echoed the words of World War II pontiff Pius XII in a message today marking 70 years since the Basilica of San Lorenzo bombing in Rome. “The memory of the bombing of that dramatic day resonates once again in each of the words of Pope Pius XII, 'nothing is lost with peace, everything can be lost with war,'” Pope Francis said on July 19. “Peace is a gift of God, to find such open hearts to receive … [Read more...]