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...]

Pilgrims fill Roman churches in vigils before canonizations

Rome, Italy, Apr 26, 2014 / 08:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Parishes throughout the city of Rome were filled the evening of April 26 with pilgrims spending the night in prayer in anticipation of the next day’s canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII. More than a dozen churches were open for adoration, Mass, confession, and private prayer, as Catholics from around the world joined locals in the candle-lit parishes, with backpacks and flags by their sides. One Italian pilgrim, … [Read more...]

Parish named for John XXIII travels from Wis. for canonization

Rome, Italy, Apr 26, 2014 / 04:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A pilgrim group from Roncalli Newman Parish in La Crosse, Wis., has journeyed to Rome for the canonization of Pope John XXIII, whose baptismal name was Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli. As the parish celebrates the 50th anniversary of its church building, its pastor Fr. James Kurzynski felt “that it would be wonderful to have some parishioners go to Rome to be present at the canonization Mass to remember this great event in the context of … [Read more...]

Polish youth in Rome: John Paul II is ‘our pride’

Rome, Italy, Apr 26, 2014 / 12:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Having traveled 20 hours for the canonization of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII, Polish youth voiced their excitement for the event, saying that former pontiff is “someone special” for the country. “I think that our Pope was someone special and he's our pride and we should be proud of such a great man,” Kasia Kozba, 18, told CNA April 25 following a Mass organized by the Knights of Columbus, who donated two of … [Read more...]

John Paul II remembered for influential love of youth, nature

Boulder, Colo., Apr 26, 2014 / 09:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope John Paul II’s love for young people and nature was based on a profound understanding of the link that both bear to God, say organizers of a Colorado summer camp named after the late pontiff. “John Paul II understood our connection with creation on a deep and profound level,” said Annie Powell, founder and director of Camp Wojtyla. “He told us that ‘our very contact with creation has a deep, … [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...]