Young artist’s captivating work shows ‘human face’ of saints

Rome, Italy, Apr 29, 2014 / 08:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Polish artist Anna Gulak has mesmerized pilgrims in Rome with a series of drawings on the recently-canonized John Paul II and John XXIII, portraying both the holiness and humility of the two saints. “The message that I would want to give to people with this exhibition is to show the human and normal faces of these two great saint personalities,” she told CNA April 28. “They were not only Popes, but they were the … [Read more...]

Academic institute carries forward JPII’s vision of marriage, family

Rome, Italy, Apr 29, 2014 / 04:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope John Paul II's enthusiasm for the vocation of marriage and family life is being carried forward today through an academic institute dedicated to studying his theology and related issues. The Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family “was born after the synod on the family that John Paul II had desired from the beginning of his pontificate,” Msgr. Livio Melina, the Rome institute's … [Read more...]

Sophia Institute Press’ new project to aid Catholic teachers

Manchester, N.H., Apr 29, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA).- Catholic publisher Sophia Institute Press has announced a new undertaking to help train school teachers and to provide free, high-quality teaching materials and support. “Young people are less catechized than they were 20 or 30 years ago,” Charlie McKinney, Sophia Institute president, said April 16. “School teachers are burdened and over-worked, and all too often fail to find the training and materials they … [Read more...]

Cardinal Bertone defends himself against accusations of luxury

Vatican City, Apr 29, 2014 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an open letter, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has addressed accusations that he had angered Pope Francis with his “luxurious” new residence, saying he and the Pope are on good terms. “I am personally grateful to Pope Francis for having called me April 23 to express his solidarity and his disappointment for the media attacks about the apartment, of which he had been informed as soon as the article was published,” … [Read more...]

Obama praises influence of Saints John XXIII, John Paul II

Washington D.C., Apr 28, 2014 / 07:41 pm (CNA).- U.S. president Barack Obama issued a statement Monday noting the canonization of both John XXIII and John Paul II over the weekend, paying tribute to their work in the Church and society. “Today, Michelle and I join Catholics around the world in celebrating the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II,” he said April 28. “The work and witness of both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II shaped not only the … [Read more...]

Masses of Thanksgiving offered in Rome for new Pope saints

Rome, Italy, Apr 28, 2014 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XIII, Church officials presided over two Masses of Thanksgiving, drawing attention to the saints’ enormous contributions to the Church and to society. Taking place April 28 at 10 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, where the day before huge numbers of pilgrims crowded for the canonization of the ecclesial giants, Cardinal Angelo Comastri led the congregation in giving thanks … [Read more...]

Poor Brazilian parish becomes first to take St. John Paul II’s name

Brasilia, Brazil, Apr 28, 2014 / 04:33 pm (CNA).- A small parish in the poor neighborhood of Alagados in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, has become the first in the world to be named after St. John Paul II, after the late pontiff’s canonization April 27. Sara Gomes, spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Salvador, told AFP that the “small church of Notre Dame of Alagados will now be called 'Notre Dame of Alagados and of St. John Paul II.' It is the first in the world to be named … [Read more...]


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