Franciscan martyr St. Fidelis honored April 24

Denver, Colo., Apr 21, 2013 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A former lawyer who left his profession to become a Capuchin Franciscan priest, Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen has his liturgical memorial on April 24. Fidelis' life bridged the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a time of religious conflict in Western Europe. He died at the hands of a mob while preaching in Switzerland, where he had gone to combat the Calvinist heresy. The future “Fidelis” received the name of Mark … [Read more...]

Tekakwitha Conference to gather for first time since canonization

Denver, Colo., Apr 20, 2013 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The 74th annual Tekakwitha Conference will mark an important event in Church history as it holds its first gathering since the canonization of the “Lily of the Mohawks” last October.Though the conference this summer will follow a similar format to past ones, Sr. Kateri Mitchell, executive director of the conference, said this year will “center around the excitement and celebration” of the canonization of St. … [Read more...]

Egyptian police accused of siding with cathedral attackers

Cairo, Egypt, Apr 20, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A media representative for Egypt's Catholic bishops echoed concerns that police sided with Islamic extremists who attacked a funeral service en masse at St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo. “The police must have been aware of the situation. So why were the police not in front of the cathedral?” asked Father Rafik Greiche of the Egyptian Catholic bishops' conference. He told Catholic charity Aid to the … [Read more...]

EWTN celebrates Mother Angelica’s 90th birthday

Irondale, Ala., Apr 19, 2013 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Eternal Word Television Network is celebrating the 90th birthday of its foundress, Mother Angelica, on April 20 with 90 hours of programming featuring her wit and wisdom.“I still marvel at what God accomplished through this great woman, and what continues to be accomplished with the ongoing prayers of Mother Angelica and the nuns,” said Michael Warsaw, president and CEO of EWTN, on April 19.“That a cloistered … [Read more...]

EWTN celebrates Mother Angelica’s 90th birthday

Irondale, Ala., Apr 19, 2013 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Eternal Word Television Network is celebrating the 90th birthday of its foundress, Mother Angelica, on April 20 with 90 hours of programming featuring her wit and wisdom.“I still marvel at what God accomplished through this great woman, and what continues to be accomplished with the ongoing prayers of Mother Angelica and the nuns,” said Michael Warsaw, president and CEO of EWTN, on April 19.“That a cloistered … [Read more...]

Nearly 15,000 French mayors will refuse to marry gay couples

Paris, France, Apr 19, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA).- A group of at least 14,900 French mayors has said it will not perform “gay marriages,” even if the government moves ahead with plans to legalize the practice.The administration of French President Francois Hollande has put forth a measure that would legalize “gay marriage,” allow gay couples to receive medical treatment for artificial procreation and to adopt children.“It is foolish to think that the mobilization … [Read more...]

Columnist details Mother Angelica’s committed spirit

Denver, Colo., Apr 19, 2013 / 03:57 pm (CNA).- To honor the 90th birthday of Mother Angelica, founder of Eternal Word Television Network, renowned Catholic author Alice von Hildebrand has written an account of the nun’s refusal “to be defeated.”“She was born defeated,” von Hildebrand begins, explaining how Mother Angelica, born Ritta Rizzo, was the fruit of an “unhappy marriage,” which resulted in her father abandoning her and her mother.“How … [Read more...]


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