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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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Pilgrims fill Roman churches in vigils before canonizations

Rome, Italy, Apr 26, 2014 / 08:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Parishes throughout the city of Rome were filled the evening of April 26 with pilgrims spending the night in prayer in anticipation of the next day’s canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII. More than a dozen churches were open for adoration, Mass, confession, and private prayer, as Catholics from around the world joined locals in the candle-lit parishes, with backpacks and flags by their sides. One Italian pilgrim, … [Read more...]

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Parish named for John XXIII travels from Wis. for canonization

Rome, Italy, Apr 26, 2014 / 04:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A pilgrim group from Roncalli Newman Parish in La Crosse, Wis., has journeyed to Rome for the canonization of Pope John XXIII, whose baptismal name was Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli. As the parish celebrates the 50th anniversary of its church building, its pastor Fr. James Kurzynski felt “that it would be wonderful to have some parishioners go to Rome to be present at the canonization Mass to remember this great event in the context of … [Read more...]

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Polish youth in Rome: John Paul II is ‘our pride’

Rome, Italy, Apr 26, 2014 / 12:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Having traveled 20 hours for the canonization of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII, Polish youth voiced their excitement for the event, saying that former pontiff is “someone special” for the country. “I think that our Pope was someone special and he's our pride and we should be proud of such a great man,” Kasia Kozba, 18, told CNA April 25 following a Mass organized by the Knights of Columbus, who donated two of … [Read more...]

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Woman healed by John Paul II’s intercession recounts miracle

Rome, Italy, Apr 25, 2014 / 10:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Floribeth Mora Diaz, the Costa Rican woman whose healing through the intercession of Bl. John Paul II paved the way for his canonization Sunday, describes the incident as being a rebirth. "That was the day I was born again: May 1, 2011," Mora told CNA April 24. In April 2011, Mora had been diagnosed with a serious brain aneurism and been given a month to live. Mora explained that "once I became ill, I began to carry … [Read more...]

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