John XXIII and the beginning of the fall of the Iron Curtain

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While Pope, Bl. John XXIII began a dialogue with the Soviet Union that led to the eventual fall of the Iron Curtain during the pontificate of his successor John Paul II, both of whom will be canonized April 27. In 1961, the birthday of “Good Pope John” became the occasion for the first communication between the Soviet Union and the Vatican since the October Revolution of 1917. Semen Kozyrev, the Soviet ambassador to Italy, … [Read more...]

Pope expresses solidarity, comfort for fire victims in Chile

Vatican City, Apr 14, 2014 / 07:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis voiced his spiritual closeness to all those affected by the fire in Valparaíso, Chile, that so far has left 12 dead and has destroyed some 2,000 homes. A telegram sent by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin to Bishop Gonzalo Duarte García de Cortázar of Valparaíso explained that the Pope is “offering prayers for the deceased in this grave disaster, and at the same time share … [Read more...]

Blossoming religious order in France sees global impact

Vatican City, Apr 14, 2014 / 10:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A missionary order founded in the middle Ages in France is sending their burgeoning number of vocations from Asia and especially South Korea to evangelize countries throughout the world. “Our congregation has about 4,200 sisters, and we are serving 37 countries and we will expand 3 countries more this year” Mother Maria Goretti Lee, Superior of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, told CNA on March 18. “We send … [Read more...]

Greatest fruit of WYD has been vocations, organizer says

Vatican City, Apr 14, 2014 / 05:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a recent gathering discussing preparations for World Youth Day in Krakow, a coordinator for the event emphasized how each year many youths receive the courage to answer their vocational call. “Year after year, the first thing we’ve seen is vocations. There are a lot of people who feel the call to serve the Church at this gathering,” Paul Jarzembowski expressed during an April 10 interview with CNA. “Perhaps … [Read more...]

One victim of trafficking is too many, cardinal emphasizes

Vatican City, Apr 13, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following a Vatican conference on human trafficking, Cardinal Vincent Nichols lamented the millions of victims and spoke of initiatives that provide an opportunity for them to come forward. In an April 10 interview with CNA, the cardinal said that although it is difficult to give an exact number of how many have suffered at the hands of modern slavery, “one is too many.” Cardinal Nichols of Westminster participated in the … [Read more...]

Pope: Meditate on Christ’s passion during Holy Week

Vatican City, Apr 13, 2014 / 05:41 am (CNA).- In his Palm Sunday homily, Pope Francis urged the congregation to consider how their actions and attitudes reflected the various characters in the story of Jesus’ passion and death. “We have heard the (Gospel reading of the) Passion of the Lord. Only, it does us good to ask a question: Who am I? Who am I before my Lord? Who am I before Jesus who enters festively into Jerusalem?” the Pope said on April 13. “This week … [Read more...]

British woman appointed by Pope to head Pontifical Academy

Vatican City, Apr 12, 2014 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis has appointed Lady Margaret Scotford Archer as president of a group of scholars dedicated to studying issues in the social sciences in order to offer reflection and advice to the leadership of the Church. According to an April 12 press release from the Holy See, “the Holy Father has named the most illustrious Professor Lady Margaret Scotford Archer President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.” The new … [Read more...]


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