Villa director reveals rich history behind Pope’s summer home

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 8, 2012 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Saverio Petrillo, director of the Pontifical Villas at Castel Gandolfo, knows that the villas and farm at Pope Benedict's summer residence have been centuries in the making. Petrillo, who has worked for the Pontifical Villas for 50 years, said that the Pontifical Villas are a complex of three historic properties which have “come together little by little to form the summer residence of the Holy Father.” The … [Read more...]

Advocate says disabled have right to live, experience God’s love

Madrid, Spain, Aug 7, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In response to societal discrimination against those with disabilities, a blind Spanish advocate says people with handicaps have the right to live and encounter the love of God and others. Disabled persons “have a right to discover and experience in their lives that God is their companion on their journey, that he is committed to their lives and makes a covenant with them,” said Ignacio Segura Madico, vice president of the … [Read more...]

French bishops ask faithful to pray for families and country Aug. 15

Paris, France, Aug 7, 2012 / 02:27 am (CNA).- Leaders of the Catholic Church in France have asked all Catholic dioceses to unite in prayer for the country's future and common good on the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.Monsignor Bernard Podvin, the French Catholic bishops’ conference spokesman, said in a July 30 announcement that social and economic crises made it “essential to raise awareness” and ask for guidance regarding “our personal and collective … [Read more...]

‘Way of St. James’ religious order flourishing with vocations

Madrid, Spain, Aug 6, 2012 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Spanish women's religious order that has welcomed in pilgrims traveling on the Way of St. James for over thirteen years, is now burgeoning with new vocations. The Augustinians of Conversion began their journey in 1999, when Mother Prado left the country's Augustinian convent where she had been living for several years. Together with three other sisters, she founded a growing religious community in Becerril de Campos, in … [Read more...]

Spanish Olympic athlete to enter seminary after London games

Madrid, Spain, Aug 3, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Carlos Ballve – known as “Litus” to his friends – plays defense on the Spanish field hockey team competing in the London 2012 Olympic Games.But as soon as the games end, he will head to a Belgium seminary to begin the process of becoming priest. According to the Spanish daily El Pais, even though he always considered himself a believer, it was only in 2005 that he became aware of the importance of God in his … [Read more...]

Spanish bishop urges donations for those affected by economic crisis

San Sebastian, Spain, Aug 2, 2012 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Jose Ignacio Munilla of San Sebastian in Spain called on local priests and the laity to donate a portion of their salaries to Caritas for families affected by the country's economic crisis. During Mass on the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola on July 31, Bishop Munilla said he wanted to make “a special invitation” to those concerned about this situation to make “an extraordinary donation” to those … [Read more...]

Cardinal remembers Pope Pius XII as wartime hero, saint

Rome, Italy, Aug 2, 2012 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- He's now 96-years-old, but during World War II, Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini was a young priest in a Roman parish who first came face-to-face with Pope Pius XII in the aftermath of an Allied air raid. “I had the unimaginable surprise to find myself, immediately after the bombing near to the Pope who went to the site of the disaster where I was among the wounded, dead and dying,” he told CNA in Rome.   A native of … [Read more...]