Vatican to launch webpage detailing work of Popes on women

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2014 / 10:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Leading up to the canonizations of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII, the Pontifical Council for the Laity will publish a new webpage highlighting the emphasis both pontiffs placed on the role of women. Referring to the upcoming canonizations, Ana Christiana Villa, a consecrated laywoman of the Marian Community of Reconciliation and head of the Womens' Department of the Council for the Laity, explained to CNA April 16 that the new … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: kiss the crucifix, kiss the wounds of Jesus

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2014 / 05:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience address Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of suffering and evil, explaining that it is a mystery which finds its answer in the passion and death of Jesus, who endured it for each of us. “This week, it will do good for us all to look to the Crucifix, kissing the wounds of Jesus, kissing the Crucifix. He has taken upon himself the whole of human suffering,” the Pope expressed in his April 16 Wednesday … [Read more...]

John Paul II: a man indispensable to the fall of the Soviet Union

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bl. John Paul II’s key role in the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact can be attributed to his vision of the human being, informed by personalism and the Catholic faith. The foundations for his role as Vicar of Christ in the fall of Soviet communism were laid by his predecessors, particularly Bl. John XXIII; the two will both be canonized April 27. The first exchanges between the Vatican and Moscow since 1917 were … [Read more...]

Holy See testimony on torture a UN treaty obligation, spokesman notes

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See's press officer said Tuesday that its report on an anti-torture agreement which will be made to the U.N. next month is routine, and a part of its obligations as a signatory to the treaty. “It is a standard procedure adhered to by all States party to the Convention” against Torture, Fr. Federico Lombardi said April 15. “Considering the types of obligations included in the Convention, the Holy See signed … [Read more...]

Pope Francis will give Gospels to the imprisoned for Holy Week

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2014 / 10:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See announced earlier today that those incarcerated at the Roman prison “Regina Coeli” will receive a pocket-sized copy of the Gospels as a gift from Pope Francis for Easter. According to the Vatican’s announcement, 1200 copies of the small Gospels will be delivered to the “Regina Coeli” prison on Wednesday of Holy Week, the day before the Easter Triduum begins. It is the same copy that the Pope … [Read more...]

‘I can’t leave my people’: Priest killed in Syria hailed as martyr

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2014 / 07:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Days after Dutch priest Fr. Frans van der Lugt S.J. was murdered in Syria, a close young friend recalled his saintly life, noting both his personal holiness and extraordinary advances in Christian-Muslim relations. Wael Salibi, 26, recalled how when the Christian area in Homs was taken over by rebels, 66,000 of the faithful "left their home, and just few of them stayed there. He was the only priest, he stayed in his … [Read more...]

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...]


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