Mexico Cathedral to receive John Paul II relic

Mexico City, Mexico, Feb 4, 2014 / 06:27 pm (CNA).- The Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mexico City will open its Holy Door on Feb. 9 to receive a first-class relic of Blessed John Paul II, as well as a painting and a skullcap used by the late pontiff. The ceremony will mark the beginning of the relic’s pilgrimage throughout the archdiocese in order to encourage the faithful to follow the April 27 canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII with deep devotion. Cardinal Norberto … [Read more...]

Catholic press shares mission of saving souls, new LA editor says

Los Angeles, Calif., Feb 4, 2014 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- John David Long-Garcia, the new editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles archdiocese’s The Tidings Corp., says he hopes to build on Catholic newspapers’ mission of bringing people “closer to God and closer to each other.” “The truth about who we are as human beings is incomplete if it we don’t understand who God is. That’s all part of what the mission is in Catholic journalism,” Long-Garcia … [Read more...]

Queen Elizabeth to meet with Pope Francis in April

London, England, Feb 4, 2014 / 12:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, will visit Rome on April 3, and will meet with both the Pope and the Italian president, the British Monarchy has announced. In a Feb. 4 press release, the Monarchy said that the Queen – who is the head of the Church of England – is traveling to Rome at the invitation of Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. After meeting with the politician in a … [Read more...]

God is a father who never disowns his children, Pope affirms

Vatican City, Feb 4, 2014 / 12:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis compared the love of God to the two fathers in the day's readings, saying that God is a parent who “weeps” for his children and desires them to be close to him. “This is the heart of a father, who never disowns his own son,” the Pope said in his Feb. 4 Mass, referring to the Old Testament account of David's sadness at hearing of the death of his son. Using this image of … [Read more...]

Churches offer refuge to Indonesians fleeing volcano

Medan, Indonesia, Feb 4, 2014 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following a Feb. 1 volcanic eruption on the Indonesian island Sumatra, the local Church has been providing shelter and assistance to those affected by the tragedy. Mount Sinabung's sudden eruption on Saturday morning spewed smoke, ash and rocks 1.5 miles into the air and engulfed several nearby villages in ash. At least 16 people have been killed by the eruption, which occurred 55 miles south of Medan. “We hope the … [Read more...]

Pope’s Lenten message highlights poverty of Christ

Vatican City, Feb 4, 2014 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first message for the Lenten season, Pope Francis focuses on the poverty of Christ in becoming man, emphasizing that it is our duty to give the same humble witness in our care for the poor. Announced in a Feb. 4 press conference, the Pope’s Lenten message was read by Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum,” the council that presents the pontifical message each year. Taking his … [Read more...]

Rural school embraces classical education, Catholic identity

Sterling, Colo., Feb 4, 2014 / 04:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic grade school on Colorado's eastern plains is working to adopt a classical curriculum, in the hopes of revitalizing the school community and providing a well-rounded formation for its students. “We decided we needed to re-explore our Catholic roots in education,” said Joseph Skerjanec, principal of St. Anthony Catholic School in Sterling, Colo. “We've always distinguished ourselves by our faith, … [Read more...]


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