Philippines issue new stamps of Blessed John Paul II, John XXIII

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2014 / 04:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the presentation of a new stamp of Pope Francis, Philippine postmaster Maria De la Cruz revealed that they will also release stamps honoring Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII for their canonization. “We’re actually issuing a very special commemorative stamp of the canonization of Pope John Paul, and Pope John XXIII,” Maria Josefina De la Cruz told CNA on April 16 after the official presentation of their new … [Read more...]

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Coptic priest appointed personal secretary to Pope Francis

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It was made known Thursday that Monsignor Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, a priest of the Coptic Patriarchate of Alexandria, has been made second personal secretary to Pope Francis. The position is among the Pope’s closest collaborators, and this marks the first time that an Eastern Catholic priest has been appointed to the position. The vacancy filled by Msgr. Lahzi Gaid March 17 was created when Msgr. Alfred Xuereb was transferred from … [Read more...]

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Spread ‘joyous wonder’ of Easter, Pope tells Christians

Vatican City, Apr 21, 2014 / 11:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Monday exhorted the Christian faithful to spread the joy of Easter to others. “Happy Easter!” he said. “Christ is Risen! He is truly risen.” The Pope addressed thousands of faithful gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for the Regina Coeli April 21. “Let the joyous wonder of Easter Sunday radiate through our thoughts, looks, attitudes, gestures and words,” he said, according to … [Read more...]

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‘Love has triumphed over hatred,’ says Pope on Easter

Vatican City, Apr 20, 2014 / 05:45 am (CNA).- In his Easter “urbi et orbi” Easter message “to the city and the world,” Pope Francis focused on the victory of love brought about through Christ’s death and resurrection. “The message which Christians bring to the world is this: Jesus, Love incarnate, died on the cross for our sins, but God the Father raised him and made him the Lord of life and death. In Jesus, love has triumphed over hatred, mercy over … [Read more...]

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Pope: Easter invites return to our first encounter with Jesus

Vatican City, Apr 19, 2014 / 02:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily for the Easter Vigil Pope Francis encouraged those present to remember the moment they first felt the love of God, saying that Jesus' resurrection is a time to relive this experience anew. “Returning to Galilee means treasuring in my heart the living memory of that call, when Jesus passed my way, gazed at me with mercy and asked me to follow him,” the pontiff said during the April 19 evening vigil, held … [Read more...]

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Papal preacher slams ‘curse’ of money-driven corruption

Vatican City, Apr 18, 2014 / 11:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily for Good Friday’s Passion liturgy, papal preacher Raniero Cantalamessa decried the poisonous actions of those who exploit others for financial gain, urging all to repent of their sin. “'The love of money,' Scripture says, 'is the root of all evil,' Cantalamessa said in his April 18 homily for Good Friday, stressing that “Behind every evil in our society is money, or at least money is also … [Read more...]

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Pope urges faithful to serve with radical love of Jesus

Vatican City, Apr 17, 2014 / 12:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his homily for Holy Thursday’s Mass at a center for disabled persons, Pope Francis reflected on how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, calling it an act of loving service that we ought to imitate. “He did it this way out of love. You too should love each other. Be servants in love,” the Pope said in his April 17 homily during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Celebrated by the Church each year in … [Read more...]

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