American seminarians experience rewards of Lent in Rome

Rome, Italy, Mar 25, 2013 / 04:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two American seminarians living and studying in Rome have found that their experience of Lent this year has been both challenging and rewarding. “I’ve given up eating burgers and eating out, but I’ve also added things to my prayer regiment,” said Kyle Sahd, originally from the Diocese of Harrisburg in Pennsylvania.   For Sahd that means organizing Mass at the Station Churches, which the Pontifical North … [Read more...]

UK pilgrims will carry life-sized cross to historic shrine

London, England, Mar 23, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- About 250 pilgrims of all ages and backgrounds will spend Holy Week helping to carry a life-sized wooden cross to the historic English Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham. “As we walk through the streets carrying the cross, thousands of people see us as we walk by. It serves as a reminder as to what Easter and Lent are really about,” Student Cross coordinator Angela Joyce told CNA March 22. The pilgrims are divided into 11 … [Read more...]

Rome’s mayor ‘touched’ by Pope’s simplicity

Rome, Italy, Mar 20, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The mayor of Rome said that the simple humility of Pope Francis “really touched” his heart after the Mass that officially began the Petrine ministry.“He is a beautiful example, and I really believe this is the right Pope for this time because there is so much crisis and people need hope,” said the mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, at Saint Peter’s Square.The mayor also said the Pope inspired him to … [Read more...]

Pope possesses wisdom and simplicity, Argentine cardinal says

Rome, Italy, Mar 18, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- The retired cardinal of Parana, Argentina, described his friend Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio – now Pope Francis – as an able pastor with the heart of a missionary.In an interview with CNA, Cardinal Estanislao Esteban Karlic said it was a “huge surprise” to see his friend appear on the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica dressed in white. “The Lord loves us so much, he gave us this immense gift.”“I … [Read more...]

Weigel thinks Pope Francis embodies Church’s future

Rome, Italy, Mar 16, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- Catholic author and scholar George Weigel believes that Pope Francis embodies the type of Catholicism that is needed for the Church to thrive in the modern cultural context. “I think Pope Francis embodies the Church's turn into the Evangelical Catholicism of the future in a profound way,” Weigel told CNA on March 15, just two days into the new papacy. “If he can reform the Curia and turn it into a more effective instrument … [Read more...]

Jesuit doorman surprised by Pope’s phone call

Rome, Italy, Mar 15, 2013 / 11:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- He thought it was a joke. The young doorman at the Jesuit motherhouse in Rome never expected to receive a phone call from Pope Francis.The Holy Father had to patiently and kindly convince the doorman who he was in order to speak with the Father General of the Jesuits to thank him for a letter the Pontiff received upon his election.According to Father Claudio Barriga, SJ, who recounted the incident in an email to fellow … [Read more...]

Jesuits, Franciscans joyfully embrace new Pope

Rome, Italy, Mar 15, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Society of Jesus and Franciscans reacted with gratitude to the election of Pope Francis, who is both the first Jesuit Pope and the first pontiff named after the Franciscans' founder St. Francis of Assisi. “I give thanks to God for the election of our new Pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., which opens for the Church a path full of hope,” Father Adolfo Nicolas, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, … [Read more...]