Archdiocese of Boston urges prayers after marathon explosions

Boston, Mass., Apr 15, 2013 / 03:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As local police report at least two people dead and dozens injured following a pair of explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the archdiocese has asked for prayers for the victims. “As reports of death and injuries are reported, we ask you to please turn to the Lord each time to pray for them and for those who love them that they would receive the consolation of the Holy Spirit, the mercy of God, and the loving … [Read more...]

North American College breaks ground on 10-story building

Rome, Italy, Apr 15, 2013 / 08:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Seminarians filled the North American College with strains of “Holy God We Praise Thy Name” as they took part in the groundbreaking ceremony for a new 10-story structure. “Things have gone so well in the last decades, that we need more space and it’s wonderful,” Archbishop John J. Meyers of Newark explained to CNA April 12 after he led the ceremony. James and Miriam Mulva of Bartlesville, Okla. donated … [Read more...]

Pope backs reform of US sisters’ leadership conference

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2013 / 07:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Vatican’s assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which found it had “serious doctrinal problems” and needed to be reformed. Archbishop Gerhard L. Müller, the prefect for the Vatican’s doctrine congregation, met in Rome with conference president Sister Florence Deacon on April 15, along with Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle, who was named to carry out … [Read more...]

Benedictine nuns release second album, honoring saints

Denver, Colo., Apr 14, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- A group of contemplative Benedictine nuns have recorded an album in honor of the angels and saints, all of the songs of which were selected out of their daily liturgical life. “We learned a heavenly piece entitled Duo Seraphim by Tomas Luis de Victoria in the fall for the investiture of three novices,” Mother Cecilia, prioress of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, told CNA April 12. “Since we knew and loved many … [Read more...]

Sacrifice necessary for Christian life, Pope teaches

Rome, Italy, Apr 14, 2013 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis delved deeper into the readings for the Third Sunday of Easter, highlighting proclamation, witness and worship as essential to the faith, while also recognizing those who suffer for Christ in the world today. Reflecting on the first reading, Pope Francis said, “what strikes us is the strength of Peter and the Apostles.” He delivered his April 14 homily during Mass at the Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the … [Read more...]

Pope prays for courage, comfort in the Church

Vatican City, Apr 14, 2013 / 10:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis encouraged the Church to proclaim the Gospel with “frankness and courage” and prayed for persecuted Christians worldwide in his Sunday address at St. Peter’s Square. In his Regina Caeli address before more than 80,000 people, the Pope summarized a passage from the Acts of the Apostles while explaining that its contents are relevant for everyone, especially for those persecuted for their belief in … [Read more...]

Eastern Churches remember St. Anastasius of Sinai on April 20

Denver, Colo., Apr 14, 2013 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On April 20, Eastern Catholics of the Byzantine tradition honor Saint Anastasius of Sinai, a seventh-century monk and priest known for his scriptural commentaries and defenses of Church teaching.The Roman Catholic Church has traditionally celebrated St. Anastasius on the following day, April 21, though this memorial is not widely celebrated in modern times. The Eastern Orthodox churches, meanwhile, commemorate him on the same date as … [Read more...]