Parish named for John XXIII travels from Wis. for canonization

Rome, Italy, Apr 26, 2014 / 04:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A pilgrim group from Roncalli Newman Parish in La Crosse, Wis., has journeyed to Rome for the canonization of Pope John XXIII, whose baptismal name was Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli. As the parish celebrates the 50th anniversary of its church building, its pastor Fr. James Kurzynski felt “that it would be wonderful to have some parishioners go to Rome to be present at the canonization Mass to remember this great event in the context of … [Read more...]

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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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Woman healed by John Paul II’s intercession recounts miracle

Rome, Italy, Apr 25, 2014 / 10:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Floribeth Mora Diaz, the Costa Rican woman whose healing through the intercession of Bl. John Paul II paved the way for his canonization Sunday, describes the incident as being a rebirth. "That was the day I was born again: May 1, 2011," Mora told CNA April 24. In April 2011, Mora had been diagnosed with a serious brain aneurism and been given a month to live. Mora explained that "once I became ill, I began to carry … [Read more...]

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Spread Christ’s joy as did St Jose de Anchieta, Pope urges

Rome, Italy, Apr 24, 2014 / 03:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During a Thanksgiving Mass for the canonization of St. Jose de Anchieta, Pope Francis spoke Thursday on the theme of joy, saying that while it can be intimidating, it is a gift of God which ought to be spread. St. Jose de Anchieta, the 'Apostle of Brazil', “found out how to communicate that which he experienced with the Lord,” Pope Francis said during a April 24 Mass said at Rome's St. Ignatius of Loyola … [Read more...]

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Ancient Roman church to host English pre-canonization prayer vigil

Rome, Italy, Apr 24, 2014 / 02:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On April 26, the evening before the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, English speaking pilgrims from across the globe will gather at San Marco al Campidoglio in Rome. The Church is one of 11 Roman parishes that will hold prayer vigils ahead of the canonizations. In addition to the parish dedicated for English-speaking pilgrims, San Angese in Agone will have a vigil in Polish; San Anastasia in Portuguese; … [Read more...]

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Benedict XVI: I knew during his life that John Paul II was a saint

Rome, Italy, Apr 23, 2014 / 12:47 pm (CNA).- In a rare interview, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recalled his close friendship with Blessed John Paul II, saying that the pontiff’s sanctity and deep spirituality were apparent during his life. “In the years in which I collaborated with him, it was ever clearer to me that John Paul II was a saint,” said Benedict XVI during an interview with Polish journalist Wlodzimierz Redzioch, which was published April 20 in the Spanish … [Read more...]

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Arabic iBreviary a ‘gateway’ to religious freedom, creator says

Rome, Italy, Apr 23, 2014 / 04:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Paolo Padrini, creator of the iBreviary application, said that part of his goal for the recent release of the program in Arabic is fostering religious freedom in countries persecuted for their faith. “This, I feel, is a very useful service. It’s a gateway to religious freedom. An instrument of religious freedom, or an instrument of prayer and also an instrument of peace,” Fr. Padrini told CNA on April 15. Fr. … [Read more...]

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