Be bold in proclaiming truth, Cardinal Dolan tells media

Rome, Italy, May 2, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a communications conference in Rome this week, Cardinal Timothy Dolan offered his own observations on how to communicate effectively, emphasizing the importance of addressing hard issues. Pope Francis “has given us a good example,” the Archbishop of New York told CNA April 29. “He's very shrewd, he’s very savvy. He’s what we need.” “He says, 'how do we get the message out',” … [Read more...]

Relaunch of English martyrs film brings stories to US audience

London, England, May 1, 2014 / 10:56 am (CNA).- “Faith of Our Fathers,” a powerful 2013 film telling stories of the Catholic martyrs of the English Reformation, has been recently edited and released for an American audience by Ignatius Press. “On the one hand in the U.K. we think that U.K.-based films or history might not have a wide appeal,” explained Christian Holden, managing director of Saint Anthony Communications, which produced the film. “But at the … [Read more...]

Baby’s kick dissuades pregnant model from abortion

London, England, May 1, 2014 / 07:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A 19-week pregnant model who had said she would have an abortion to further her career in U.K. reality television now says that feeling her unborn baby kick made her turn away from an abortion clinic. “I just couldn’t do it,” Josie Cunningham told U.K. tabloid The Mirror. “I really thought I would be able to but I couldn’t. I’d felt the baby kick for the first time 24 hours earlier and I … [Read more...]

Young artist’s captivating work shows ‘human face’ of saints

Rome, Italy, Apr 29, 2014 / 08:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Polish artist Anna Gulak has mesmerized pilgrims in Rome with a series of drawings on the recently-canonized John Paul II and John XXIII, portraying both the holiness and humility of the two saints. “The message that I would want to give to people with this exhibition is to show the human and normal faces of these two great saint personalities,” she told CNA April 28. “They were not only Popes, but they were the … [Read more...]

Academic institute carries forward JPII’s vision of marriage, family

Rome, Italy, Apr 29, 2014 / 04:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope John Paul II's enthusiasm for the vocation of marriage and family life is being carried forward today through an academic institute dedicated to studying his theology and related issues. The Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family “was born after the synod on the family that John Paul II had desired from the beginning of his pontificate,” Msgr. Livio Melina, the Rome institute's … [Read more...]

Masses of Thanksgiving offered in Rome for new Pope saints

Rome, Italy, Apr 28, 2014 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XIII, Church officials presided over two Masses of Thanksgiving, drawing attention to the saints’ enormous contributions to the Church and to society. Taking place April 28 at 10 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, where the day before huge numbers of pilgrims crowded for the canonization of the ecclesial giants, Cardinal Angelo Comastri led the congregation in giving thanks … [Read more...]

Book details collaboration of Roncalli and his Venetian chancellor

Venice, Italy, Apr 27, 2014 / 10:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A book published this month in Italian reveals the collaborative relationship between John XXIII, when he was Patriarch of Venice, and his chancellor at the time, Fr. Sergio Sambin. “Roncalli did not consider Fr. Sambin only a priest whom he met every week because of his capacity in the diocesan curia. He above all deemed him a skilled collaborator, whom he often entrusted with making a bridge between the curia and the … [Read more...]