Polish youth in Rome: John Paul II is ‘our pride’

Rome, Italy, Apr 26, 2014 / 12:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Having traveled 20 hours for the canonization of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII, Polish youth voiced their excitement for the event, saying that former pontiff is “someone special” for the country. “I think that our Pope was someone special and he's our pride and we should be proud of such a great man,” Kasia Kozba, 18, told CNA April 25 following a Mass organized by the Knights of Columbus, who donated two of … [Read more...]

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John Paul II remembered for influential love of youth, nature

Boulder, Colo., Apr 26, 2014 / 09:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope John Paul II’s love for young people and nature was based on a profound understanding of the link that both bear to God, say organizers of a Colorado summer camp named after the late pontiff. “John Paul II understood our connection with creation on a deep and profound level,” said Annie Powell, founder and director of Camp Wojtyla. “He told us that ‘our very contact with creation has a deep, … [Read more...]

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Benedict XVI to concelebrate at canonization Mass

Vatican City, Apr 26, 2014 / 06:09 am (CNA).- The Holy See’s press office has announced that retired pontiff Benedict XVI will be a concelebrant at Sunday’s Mass and canonizations of John Paul II and John XXIII. “Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has accepted the invitation of Pope Francis to attend the canonization. He will concelebrate the Mass, but not at the altar,” announced Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi at a press conference on April 26. The head of the … [Read more...]

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Knights of Columbus host Mass for Polish pilgrims in Rome

Vatican City, Apr 26, 2014 / 05:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In honor of the canonizations of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII the Knights of Columbus donated two fields in Rome where Polish pilgrims can camp,  also holding a Mass led by their Supreme chaplain. “We had a tremendously close relationship with John Paul II during his papacy,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson told CNA April 24 regarding the Saints, “So, for the Knights of Columbus, this is a wonderful, wonderful … [Read more...]

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Secretaries to John XXIII, John Paul II recount sanctity

Vatican City, Apr 25, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinals Loris Capovilla and Stanislaw Dziwisz, who were personal secretaries to John XXIII and John Paul II, spoke at a news conference Friday of the clear sanctity of both Popes. Recalling the final days of Bl. John XXIII's life, Cardinal Capovilla, said April 25 that as the Pope lay on his deathbed, he said, trying to comfort him, that while there were but a few persons in the room, the square below was full of people praying for … [Read more...]

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Pope emphasizes ‘indissolubility of Christian matrimony’

Vatican City, Apr 25, 2014 / 02:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on April 25 stressed the need for bishops and priests to give a “consistent witness” to Christian moral teaching, including the lifelong nature of Christian marriage, and to teach these truths “with great compassion.” “The holiness and indissolubility of Christian matrimony, often disintegrating under tremendous pressure from the secular world, must be deepened by clear doctrine and supported by … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Chaput: Pope Francis brings fresh exhilaration to the Church

New York City, N.Y., Apr 25, 2014 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia reflected that Pope Francis in the first year of his papacy has shown “a deep sense of the continuity of the Church” while also being “something different” and “a surprise.” “He’s a surprise; disarming, improbable, the kind of man no one could have predicted – a surprise that keeps unfolding into more surprises,” Archbishop … [Read more...]

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