Vatican appoints advisor for the Legion of Christ

Rome, Italy, Jul 14, 2014 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The appointment of Father Gianfranco Ghirlanda, S.J., as pontifical advisor for the Legion of Christ aims to advance the renewal and reform of the troubled religious congregation. Fr. Benjamin Clariond, a Legion of Christ spokesperson, said the advisor’s presence guarantees help and oversight for the Legion “in following through on the path we already started.”   Fr. Clariond told CNA July 4 that rebuilding … [Read more...]

Major Catholic global event sets sights on ‘peripheries’

Rome, Italy, Jul 10, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Italy's upcoming “Meeting of Friendship among People” organized by the ecclesiastical movement Communion and Liberation has set its sights on the “peripheries” spoken of by Pope Francis.   The event has taken place in the Italian city of Rimini every year since 1980 and often attracts international interest because of the prominence and quality of its participants.   The theme of the 2014 gathering … [Read more...]

Vatican official praises Sr Cristina for going to ‘peripheries’

Rome, Italy, Jul 9, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest at the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization has said Sister Cristina Scuccia, who recently won The Voice Italy, is an example of how the Church must go out to the existential peripheries. "What Sister Cristina has done can be considered going out to the peripheries, because she has gone to a different stage to bear witness to her choice of life, and in this sense I think she has hit the target," Father Alejandro … [Read more...]

All of us need rehabilitation, Pope Francis reminds prisoners

Isernia, Italy, Jul 5, 2014 / 01:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a visit Saturday with the imprisoned in the Italian city of Isernia, Pope Francis stated the need of every human person for rehabilitation, and conversion to God. “To walk the way of rehabilitation, this is something we all need to do. All. We all make mistakes in life. And all of us must ask forgiveness for these mistakes and make a journey of rehabilitation, to not make any more,” the Pope said July 5 at Isernia's … [Read more...]

Official logo, prayer for WYD Krakow 2016 announced

Krakow, Poland, Jul 3, 2014 / 11:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a press conference held earlier today in Krakow, Poland, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz presented the official logo and prayer for the 31st World Youth Day slated to take place there in 2016. Announced by Pope Francis during the closing Mass for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro last summer, the Krakow event is expected to draw millions, and follows the canonization of Polish Saint John Paul II earlier this spring. World Youth Day is … [Read more...]

Opus Dei to display remains of Bishop del Portillo after beatification

Rome, Italy, Jul 1, 2014 / 12:23 pm (CNA).- The Opus Dei press office announced that the remains of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the first successor to St. Josemaria Escriva, will be put on display September 29 to October 2 at the Basilica of St. Eugene in Rome. On June 23, the beatification organizing committee released the schedule of events for the beatification of Bishop del Portillo, which is set for September 27. Although the ceremony will take place in Madrid, commemorative acts will … [Read more...]

The story of Father McGivney, extraordinary priest

Rome, Italy, Jun 28, 2014 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new Italian edition of a book about the life of Father Michael McGivney tells the story of his extraordinary life as a parish priest, the inspiration that led him to found the Knights of Columbus, and the chronicle of his ongoing canonization process. “In reading this book, it will be clear that Father McGivney isn't only a model for American priests, but for all priests as well,” Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the … [Read more...]