John Paul II’s secretary: pontificate was marked by martyrdom

Krakow, Poland, Apr 11, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, one of Bl. John Paul II’s closest collaborators, said the Pope’s holiness and pontificate were characterized by martyrdom. In an article entitled “A Life with Karol,” published in a magazine insert by the Italian newspaper Avvenire, Cardinal Dziwisz said that during the May 13, 1981 assassination attempt, “the Pope’s blood was shed … and the Pope came … [Read more...]

Maidan protests gave rise to a ‘new society’ in Ukraine

Kyiv, Ukraine, Apr 10, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The three months of protests in Kyiv’s Maidan Square were a demonstration of Ukrainians’ moving beyond fear to find their freedom and founding a new society, a philosopher from the country’s east has reflected. “Freedom is needed in order to defend human dignity,” Aleksandr Filonenko, an associate professor of the philosophy of science at the University of Kharkiv, told CNA April 8. “We are not … [Read more...]

Fatima statue inspires devotion, prayer in Castel Gandolfo

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Apr 10, 2014 / 02:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Locals and swarms of pilgrims from various parts of the world gathered in Castel Gandolfo outside of Rome recently to show their Marian devotion and join in communal prayer. From April 3-7, the Pontifical Church Saint Thomas of Villanova hosted the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Parish priest Father Pietro Diletti told CNA that the arrival of the statue has sparked an intensity and ardor of faith within the local community as … [Read more...]

Lawyers warn of global push for ‘gender identity’ language

Rome, Italy, Apr 9, 2014 / 05:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Attorneys working for human rights at the United Nations and other global organizations note a growing trend to introduce “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” language – as well as abortion rights – into international law. A “newer theme that we see in international law is what we call the SOGI movement, or the Sexual Orientation Gender Identity movement,” British attorney Paul Coleman … [Read more...]

Spanish archbishop encourages faithful to attend canonizations

Madrid, Spain, Apr 2, 2014 / 04:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Jose Ansejo Pelegrina of Seville, Spain, has issued a pastoral letter inviting Catholics to take part in pilgrimages to Rome to attend the April 27 canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II.   In his letter, Archbishop Ansejo recalled how John XXIII shepherded the Church from 1958 to 1963. “He convened the Second Vatican Council, worked persistently for the renewal of the Church and for the unity of … [Read more...]

Pope names auxiliary bishop for key English archdiocese

London, England, Mar 31, 2014 / 10:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis appointed a new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Westminster Monday: Monsignor Nicholas Gilbert Hudson, a parish priest of the Southwark archdiocese. Msgr. Hudson said he felt “honored and humbled” at the appointment. “It is exciting to be a Catholic in this second year of the pontificate of Pope Francis. I pray that I might emulate the Holy Father’s radical simplicity and outreach to … [Read more...]

Lawyer identifies key groups in European persecution of Christians

Rome, Italy, Mar 30, 2014 / 07:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Legal counsel Paul Coleman has spoken of the increasing persecution of Christians in Europe, identifying the main groups driving ideological agendas counter to Church teaching. Anti-Christian ideologies at the U.N. are “being advanced by three different groups,” Coleman told CNA in a March 23 interview, the first being “activist organizations, the primary drivers behind the movement.” “Then you have … [Read more...]