Youth’s foreign internship teaches a smile speaks volumes

Salt Lake City, Utah, Sep 9, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Jenna Franklin spent eight weeks as a nurse intern in Bosnia/Herzegovina, and not knowing the language, she found that hugs and smiles could speak volumes. Franklin, whose parents are members of Saints Peter and Paul Parish in West City Valley, Utah, is a senior in the nursing program at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. Having never traveled outside the United States, she wanted to study abroad and also wanted to do … [Read more...]

‘Be opened’ sums up Christ’s mission, Pope says

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Sep 9, 2012 / 11:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says that the public ministry of Jesus Christ is encapsulated in one “small but very important” Aramaic word: “Ephphatha.”“‘Ephphatha – be opened,’ sums up Christ’s entire mission,” said the Pope in his midday Angelus address Sept. 9. “He became man so that man, made inwardly deaf and dumb by sin, would become able to hear the voice of … [Read more...]

Egyptian monk and bishop St. Paphnutius celebrated on Sept. 11

Denver, Colo., Sep 9, 2012 / 08:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sept. 11, the Catholic Church honors Saint Paphnutius, an Egyptian monk who became a bishop, endured torture for the faith, and participated at the Ecumenical Council of Nicea in its confirmation of Christ's divinity.While there is no record of Paphnutius' early life, it is known that he – like many other men of his day – became a disciple of the monk Saint Anthony of the Desert, whose direction of a community of … [Read more...]

Vatican hopes Apple partnership will spread Pope’s message

Vatican City, Sep 8, 2012 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has teamed up with Apple to develop new hi-tech methods for communicating the works of Pope Benedict XVI to the world.“It represents an enormous step on the international stage because, as you know, internet goes beyond space and time,” said Father Giuseppe Costa, the director of the Vatican’s publishing house Libreria Editrice Vaticana.“The message of the Holy Father will now be received in every … [Read more...]

Alaskan youth travel to convent to seek God’s will

Anchorage, Alaska, Sep 8, 2012 / 01:04 pm (CNA).- In July, kneeling alongside the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia before morning Mass at their Nashville, Tenn. convent, were five young women and teens from Alaska – ages 13 to 21.The youth spent a week with the religious sisters praying and talking together, sharing the sisters’ chores and meals — and searching for God’s will about their own life.Would the summer “internship” inspire these youth toward … [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput urges ‘deep changes’ in Philadelphia archdiocese

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 8, 2012 / 08:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Celebrating the first anniversary of his role as head of the Philadelphia archdiocese, Archbishop Charles J. Archbishop Chaput is calling for “deep changes” in how the local Church thinks, behaves, and is organized.“We can no longer allow ourselves the complacency of the past. ‘The way things have always been’ needs to become ‘the way things need to be’ if we have any hope of preaching Jesus … [Read more...]

Jesuit university to buy Philadelphia archbishop’s residence

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 7, 2012 / 06:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Joseph’s University has signed a letter of intent to buy the Archbishop of Philadelphia’s residence from the financially troubled archdiocese at an expected cost of $10 million.“As we look to the future, this opens exciting possibilities for the University community, and it will further enhance our students’ experience for decades to come,” university president C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. said Sept. … [Read more...]