Personal notes underscore John Paul II’s Marian devotion

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In private letters of Bl. John Paul II which have been published by his former secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the pontiff reflects on the three theological virtues, emphasizing that Mary is the highest example of each. “Nothing can be dangerous for us; neither Satan nor the world, nor sin – if there is in us the power of Christ in the Marian way,” Bl. John Paul II wrote in one of his personal notes. Entitled … [Read more...]

Cardinal Kasper’s speech on marriage to be released as book

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Walter Kasper's Feb. 20 address on marriage to a group of cardinals, controversial for its comments on remarriage and Communion, is to be published as a book this week, he says. The booklet, title “Gospel of the Family,” will be released in Italian and German, will feature the text of his speech. It's 78 pages will include two additional texts from Cardinal Kasper, and will be sold at $12.50. In a March 10 … [Read more...]

Vatican celebrates Pope’s anniversary with virtual book

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2014 / 08:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In honor of the one year anniversary of Pope Francis’ election as Bishop of Rome, the Vatican website has published a special online book, compiled of various phrases he has spoken throughout the year. Entitled “Do we want to be holy? Yes or no?” the online publication can be found on the Vatican’s official website by clicking on one’s language of choice, after which a pop-up window appears with the … [Read more...]

Unburned letters of John Paul II reveal richness of Trinity

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2014 / 06:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The personal notes of JPII published by former secretary Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, which the pontiff asked to be burned, reveal the depth of the Blessed's keen knowledge of the mystery of the Trinity. Entitled “I am so much in God’s hands: Personal records 1962-2003,” the book was published by Krakow-based publisher Znak on Feb. 12, and contains 639 pages of meditations and some photos and scans of the pages from … [Read more...]

Women’s dynamic service to Church celebrated at Vatican

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On March 8, dozens packed into the Vatican's tiny San Carlo Cinema for what was hailed as a “unique storytelling event” on the dramatic narratives of women who give their lives in service to the Church. Throughout the afternoon, 10 different women from around the world stepped onto the darkened stage to tell about their life and work. Despite the vast difference in their experiences – ranging from working with … [Read more...]

Before conclave, Bergoglio stressed need to focus on Christ

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has shared some of his memories of the meetings held in preparation for the 2013 conclave, recounting that Cardinal Bergoglio’s interventions emphasized the need to focus on Christ. “The activities and the approach of the pontificate that is now being revealed in Pope Francis’ style” are an outcome of the pre-conclave meetings, the Vatican’s former secretary of state told CNA March … [Read more...]

Papal gardens of Castel Gandolfo now open to public

Vatican City, Mar 10, 2014 / 11:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Known as the Barberini Gardens, the historic area of Castel Gandalfo has been declared open to the general public by Pope Francis, with tours available for those who are interested. Located roughly 20 miles south of Rome in the Alban Hills, the gardens surround the Papal Summer Residence at Castel Gandolfo and include the remnants of a Roman Villa, a 62 acre farm, and the ancient papal palace. According to a March 4 article published … [Read more...]


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