John Paul II received ‘help’ from miner in priesthood vocation

Rome, Italy, Jan 11, 2013 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- One of the closest collaborators of Blessed John Paul II, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, recounted in Rome a little-known story about the late pontiff's vocation to the priesthood. Cardinal Re served at the Vatican Secretary of State and later prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.   On Jan. 9 at the Conciliaziones Auditorium – during the presentation of the recital “The Pope and the Poet,” inspired by the … [Read more...]

Spanish athlete sets example of kindness, sportsmanship

Madrid, Spain, Jan 11, 2013 / 11:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Spanish athlete Ivan Fernandez Anaya made news when he allowed another runner who was leading a race to finish first, despite the other runner's huge blunder that should have cost him the win. In comments to CNA on Jan. 10, Anaya recounted what happened on Dec. 2 during the Burlada Cross race in the city of Navarra. Anaya was trailing Kenyan runner Abel Mutai, an Olympic medalist in the 2012 London games, as they were nearing the … [Read more...]

Next bishop of Limerick, Ireland seeks new start

Limerick, Ireland, Jan 10, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The priest named as the next Bishop of Limerick called for a “new start” three years after the diocese’s previous bishop resigned in the face of severe criticism of his handling of sex abuse cases. Pope Benedict XVI named Father Brendan Leahy, a 52-year-old theology professor at St. Patrick’s College Maynooth, as the Diocese of Limerick’s new bishop Thursday. “Being appointed Bishop of Limerick … [Read more...]

Next bishop of Limerick, Ireland seeks new start

Limerick, Ireland, Jan 10, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The priest named as the next Bishop of Limerick called for a “new start” three years after the diocese’s previous bishop resigned in the face of severe criticism of his handling of sex abuse cases. Pope Benedict XVI named Father Brendan Leahy, a 52-year-old theology professor at St. Patrick’s College Maynooth, as the Diocese of Limerick’s new bishop Thursday. “Being appointed Bishop of Limerick … [Read more...]

Hundreds of thousands to flood Paris in support of marriage

Paris, France, Jan 9, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Supporters of traditional marriage expect hundreds of thousands of marchers to turn out for an upcoming national rally in opposition to President Francois Hollande's “marriage for all” proposal. Set to go before France's parliament Jan. 29, the draft law proposes to redefine marriage as a union “contracted between two persons of different sex or of the same sex.” The law would also allow … [Read more...]

Anglican nuns praised for joining Catholic Church

Oxford, England, Jan 8, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- A group of 11 Anglican nuns who were received into the communion of the Catholic Church Jan. 1 were lauded for their response to “the Holy Father's summons to unity” at their Mass of reception. “You have responded, generously and courageously,” Father Daniel Seward, provost of the Oxford Oratory, told the U.K.-based sisters. During his Jan. 1 homily on the feast of Mary, the Mother of God, he said the nuns  … [Read more...]

Socialist politician says Spanish bishop should be ‘muzzled’

Madrid, Spain, Jan 7, 2013 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A socialist government official in Andalusia, Spain, called for a local Catholic bishop to be “muzzled” for arguing that men and women are both different and complementary.Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba should be silenced for leveling attacks against “real and effective equality between men and women,” charged Miguel Angel Vazquez, a member of the Socialist Party and spokesman for the Andalusian provincial … [Read more...]


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