Swiss Guard’s faith deepened as he served

Hartford, Conn., Jun 10, 2012 / 01:12 pm (CNA).- Few people have the opportunity to attend a Mass celebrated by the Pope. Far fewer have the privilege to do so in his private chapel at the Vatican.Mario Enzler is one of those people. He spoke in Hartford on April 29 about how his faith grew during the nearly four years he protected Pope John Paul II as a member of the famed Swiss Guard.An only child, he is the son of an Italian mother and Swiss father. He served in the Swiss Army before … [Read more...]

Pope praises Corpus Christi processions

Vatican City, Jun 10, 2012 / 11:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI praised the “lively tradition” of holding solemn processions with the Blessed Sacrament “through the streets and squares” on the Feast of Corpus Christi.“The Catholic Church professes worship of the Eucharist ‘not only during Mass, but also outside of its celebration, preserving with the utmost diligence the consecrated hosts, presenting them for the solemn veneration of the Christian … [Read more...]

Jesuit priest St. John Francis Regis honored June 16

Denver, Colo., Jun 10, 2012 / 07:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On June 16 the Catholic Church celebrates the memory of Saint John Francis Regis, a 17th-century French Jesuit known for his zealous missionary efforts and his care for the poor and marginalized.In a 1997 letter to the Bishop of Viviers, Blessed John Paul II commemorated the fourth centenary of St. John Francis Regis' birth, honoring him as a “lofty figure of holiness” and an example for the Church in the modern … [Read more...]

Crystal Cathedral receives new name and pastor

Orange, Calif., Jun 9, 2012 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During the ordination of several new priests, Bishop Tod D. Brown of the Diocese of Orange announced the new name for the recently acquired Crystal Cathedral and the priest who will oversee the transition.“I discerned that the diocese needed someone to head the transition effort full-time and I knew that it needed to be one of our most talented and accomplished priests,” Bishop Brown said.Bishop Brown was “pleased … [Read more...]

‘God has a plan for me’

Arlington, Va., Jun 9, 2012 / 01:04 pm (CNA).- Whether it was fighting fires in Washington, D.C., working on safety issues at the University of Virginia’s medical center, treating lightning-struck victims in the Shenandoah National Forest or distributing Communion at Mass at Our Lady of the Blue Ridge Parish in Madison, Va. Jesse Hodges has worked hard for others all his life.The 71-year-old’s great love of nature, his steadfast dedication and his deep spirituality stem from … [Read more...]

Hundreds of clergy unite to pray Rosary for world’s priests

New York City, N.Y., Jun 9, 2012 / 07:26 am (CNA).- On June 15, as the Catholic Church celebrates both the Feast of the Sacred Heart and World Priest Day, over 500 priests and deacons will pray the Rosary at 60 shrines in 60 countries around the world.“At this time in history, we priests need to pray more, and we need our lay brothers and sisters to pray for us, so we can become better and holier priests so as to better serve God and his Church,” said Father John Trigilio, … [Read more...]

Women in White confident in Cardinal Ortega’s diplomacy

Havana, Cuba, Jun 8, 2012 / 06:22 pm (CNA).- Berta Soler, the leader of the protest group Women in White, said she trusts Havana’s archbishop will be able to help end political repression in Cuba, following their recent meeting.“It was a very open discussion and we left very content,” Soler said of the June 7 meeting. “The cardinal was very receptive, and he listened to us.”The meeting between the members of the Women in White and Cardinal Ortega, which lasted … [Read more...]