Nun who won ‘The Voice Italy’ says priorities are Jesus, prayer

Rome, Italy, Jun 9, 2014 / 04:53 pm (CNA).- Speaking to reporters for the first time after her victory on The Voice Italy, Sister Cristina Scuccia said that she now plans to return to the two priorities in her life, which are “Jesus and prayer.” “My future is in the hands of my superiors. I trust in Providence,” the 25-year-old Ursuline Sister of the Holy Family said in an interview with the Italian website TGcom24. Sister Cristina captured the attention of the … [Read more...]

Opus Dei prelate beatification expected to draw 100,000 attendees

Madrid, Spain, Jun 7, 2014 / 05:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The first successor of St. Josemaria Escriva as leader of Opus Dei, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, will be beatified Sept. 27 in Madrid at a ceremony that is expected to bring together nearly 100,000 faithful. The prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato, will preside at the beatification. Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela of Madrid will concelebrate, along with the current prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop … [Read more...]

Irish archbishop welcomes investigation of child burials

Dublin, Ireland, Jun 6, 2014 / 04:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid disputed reports concerning the burials of nearly 800 children at a Catholic unwed mother home in Ireland over a 36-year period in the mid-20th century, the local archbishop has said he is “horrified” and welcomes a government investigation. “I was greatly shocked, as we all were, to learn of the extent of the numbers of children buried in the grave-yard in Tuam,” Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam said June … [Read more...]

Nun wins ‘The Voice Italy,’ leads crowd in Our Father

Rome, Italy, Jun 6, 2014 / 10:22 am (CNA).- In an emotional finale decided by Italian TV viewers, 25 year-old Sister Cristina Scuccia won the 2014 edition of The Voice Italy on June 5. The Ursuline Sister of the Holy Family captivated millions with her talent and charisma. Upon winning 62 percent of the final vote, she told the audience, “I want Jesus to enter into here,” and led the crowds in praying an Our Father. “I wish to thank everyone, my sisters, all the people … [Read more...]

UK bishop: Defeat relativism with ‘authentic humanism’

Portsmouth, England, Jun 4, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading bishop in the U.K. says that the modern, troubling view of humanity which stems from relativism is best countered by Christians living the Church's full vision of the human person.Bishop Philip Egan has led the Diocese of Portsmouth on England's south coast along the Channel since the autumn of 2012, and has distinguished himself for his consistent efforts at teaching his flock and for his care for … [Read more...]

Cycling champion receives jersey blessed by Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Jun 3, 2014 / 05:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The winner of the Giro d’Italia cycling race, Nairo Quintana of Colombia, has received the pink championship jersey that Pope Francis blessed before the competition. Pope Francis blessed the jersey in a private act before the race, as he did in 2013 as well. The jersey's pink color comes from the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, which created the competition; the paper's pages are pink as well. The Pope was also … [Read more...]

Spanish bishops seek prayers for current, future kings

Madrid, Spain, Jun 3, 2014 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Spanish bishops' conference has called for prayers for King Juan Carlos and his successor, after the king announced he would abdicate the throne in favor of his son, Prince Felipe. The conference’s leadership committee recognized Juan Carlos’ career, praising “his generous dedication and his contribution to the recent history of Spain.” The king said in a televised message June 2 that he began to … [Read more...]