Postulators reflect on humanity of John Paul II, John XXIII

Vatican City, Apr 23, 2014 / 06:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The postulators of the canonization causes for both John Paul II and John XXIII told journalists at the Vatican that the soon-to-be-saints also had faults which show their “humanity.” At the Holy See Press Office April 22, Monsignor Slawomir Oder and Father Giovangiuseppe Califano discussed both the innate signs of holiness as well as the limitations of the pontiffs. Msgr. Oder recalled that John Paul II “was a man … [Read more...]

Resurrection pours ‘fresh hope’ on the world, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Apr 23, 2014 / 05:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience Wednesday, Pope Francis emphasized the certainty of Christ's presence in the world today, noting how his resurrection invites us to reject sin and open ourselves to joy and hope.   “In these days we celebrate with joy the great mystery of the Resurrection of Christ,” he told the crowds packed into St. Peter's Square April 23. “With the resurrection, all has been made new and … [Read more...]

Arabic iBreviary a ‘gateway’ to religious freedom, creator says

Rome, Italy, Apr 23, 2014 / 04:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Paolo Padrini, creator of the iBreviary application, said that part of his goal for the recent release of the program in Arabic is fostering religious freedom in countries persecuted for their faith. “This, I feel, is a very useful service. It’s a gateway to religious freedom. An instrument of religious freedom, or an instrument of prayer and also an instrument of peace,” Fr. Padrini told CNA on April 15. Fr. … [Read more...]

Ariz. law to allow surprise inspections of abortion clinics

Phoenix, Ariz., Apr 23, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Arizona governor Jan Brewer has signed into law a bill that ended special health inspection rules for abortion clinics, an action proponents say will help prevent dangerous conditions at abortion facilities. “This law ensures abortion clinics are subject to the same inspection standards as all other medical facilities in the state,” said Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, which helped write the law, … [Read more...]

Church will always proclaim life, Argentine archbishop says

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Apr 23, 2014 / 12:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Alfredo Zecca of Tucuman, Argentina, said the Church does not tire of proclaiming the Gospel of Life and of denouncing the culture of death that eliminates the most innocent and defenseless. “Christ’s resurrection is also our resurrection and gives us the grace to live as ‘new men,’ as ‘risen ones.’ Our new mission ought to necessarily follow our new being; sin gives way to grace, … [Read more...]

Papuans make two week pilgrimage in missionaries’ steps

Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea, Apr 22, 2014 / 09:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in Papua New Guinea honored the evangelization, 80 years ago, of the remote interior of the nation's main island by making a pilgrimage in the steps of its first missionaries. “After 80 years, the Catholic faithful in the Archdiocese of Mount Hagen felt it is time to say thank you and to acknowledge all the blessings from God through the missionaries,” said Paul Petrus, a social researcher and a … [Read more...]

Youth fill Rome’s cathedral to remember John Paul II, John XXIII

Rome, Italy, Apr 22, 2014 / 05:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Basilica of St. John Lateran, cathedral of the Diocese of Rome, was filled Tuesday with thousands of youths who had come to learn more about the two Bishops of Rome who will be canonized Sunday. Both John Paul II and John XXIII will be canonized by Pope Francis April 27 at a Mass in St. Peter’s Square. Fr. Giovanngiuseppe Califano, a Franciscan and the postulator of Bl. John XXIII, opened the April 22 event by remembering … [Read more...]


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