New saints lauded for pioneering dialogue on women

Vatican City, Apr 28, 2014 / 07:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The newly-canonized John Paul II and John XXIII have drawn praise for sparking discussion within the Church on modern women and paving the way for what Pope Francis is addressing now. On St. John Paul II's contribution to the dialogue, Rome-based consecrated laywoman Ana Christina Villa reflected that “his magisterium has been so rich, so deep.” “It is informing and will inform for years to come all the work for … [Read more...]

Deacons find vocational inspiration in saintly papal witness

Vatican City, Apr 28, 2014 / 04:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The April 27 canonizations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII are a source of spiritual inspiration for young men on the path to priesthood. The proclamation of the two deceased pontiffs as saints “reminds us whether we’re Popes or not, we’re all called to be saints,” reflected Deacon Marc Homesy of Leeds, England. “Especially for me becoming a priest, who is someone in the public eye, I must seek to be … [Read more...]

Candle-bearer holds prayers in her heart during canonization

Vatican City, Apr 27, 2014 / 02:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- One young woman's participation in today's canonization liturgy offered a special opportunity for intercessory prayer. Julia Marie Desilets, who was a candle-bearer in the procession of John Paul II's relics, reflected, “I felt like I was carrying more than a candle. It was like carrying many of the devoted to the altar with their intentions, gratitude and love for these popes.” “I felt like I was placing … [Read more...]

Polish pilgrims run 1,200 miles to celebrate in Rome

Vatican City, Apr 27, 2014 / 09:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of Polish friends decided to run the whole way to Rome to be present for the canonizations of Saints John Paul II and John XXIII, explaining that their key motivation was to give “thanks.” “We don't have any (official) group. We are friends,” Tomasz Pietnerzak told CNA April 27, explaining that when another friend suggested “why don't we run to Vatican? I said ok, we run. Let's … [Read more...]

Pope: Christ’s wounds are sign of God’s love

Vatican City, Apr 27, 2014 / 04:40 am (CNA).- At the canonization Mass for Popes John Paul II and John XXIII on Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of Christ’s suffering as a visible sign of divine love. “The wounds of Jesus are a scandal, a stumbling block for faith, yet they are also the test of faith. That is why on the body of the risen Christ the wounds never pass away: they remain, for those wounds are the enduring sign of God’s love for … [Read more...]

Popes John Paul II, John XXIII officially declared saints

Vatican City, Apr 27, 2014 / 02:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a packed St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis officially declared former pontiffs John Paul II and John XXIII as Saints. “For the honor of the Blessed Trinity, the exaltation of the Catholic faith and the increase of the Christian life, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ and of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul and having sought the counsel of many of our brother Bishops, we declare … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI to concelebrate at canonization Mass

Vatican City, Apr 26, 2014 / 06:09 am (CNA).- The Holy See’s press office has announced that retired pontiff Benedict XVI will be a concelebrant at Sunday’s Mass and canonizations of John Paul II and John XXIII. “Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has accepted the invitation of Pope Francis to attend the canonization. He will concelebrate the Mass, but not at the altar,” announced Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi at a press conference on April 26. The head of the … [Read more...]