Unburned letters of John Paul II reveal richness of Trinity

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2014 / 06:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The personal notes of JPII published by former secretary Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, which the pontiff asked to be burned, reveal the depth of the Blessed's keen knowledge of the mystery of the Trinity. Entitled “I am so much in God’s hands: Personal records 1962-2003,” the book was published by Krakow-based publisher Znak on Feb. 12, and contains 639 pages of meditations and some photos and scans of the pages from … [Read more...]

Women’s dynamic service to Church celebrated at Vatican

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On March 8, dozens packed into the Vatican's tiny San Carlo Cinema for what was hailed as a “unique storytelling event” on the dramatic narratives of women who give their lives in service to the Church. Throughout the afternoon, 10 different women from around the world stepped onto the darkened stage to tell about their life and work. Despite the vast difference in their experiences – ranging from working with … [Read more...]

Cricket match ends in draw between Sri Lankan Catholic schools

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Mar 11, 2014 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The 80th annual “Battle of the Saints”, a cricket match between rival schools in Sri Lanka’s Colombo archdiocese, ended in a draw this weekend. Cricket, a bat-and-ball game popular in the U.K. and its former colonies, is the most popular sport in Sri Lanka. Each March and April, historically rival secondary schools play games for the “Big Match” season. St. Peter’s College and St. … [Read more...]

Before conclave, Bergoglio stressed need to focus on Christ

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has shared some of his memories of the meetings held in preparation for the 2013 conclave, recounting that Cardinal Bergoglio’s interventions emphasized the need to focus on Christ. “The activities and the approach of the pontificate that is now being revealed in Pope Francis’ style” are an outcome of the pre-conclave meetings, the Vatican’s former secretary of state told CNA March … [Read more...]

Catholic polls prompt call to educate on beauty of marriage

Washington D.C., Mar 10, 2014 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Although recent polls on Catholics supporting same-sex “marriage” are viewed as less disheartening than they appear, the results sparked a call for education on the beauty and truth of Church teaching. Tim Roder, associate director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, said that Catholic belief in marriage is about “remaining faithful to Jesus and his … [Read more...]

Abducted Orthodox nuns released by Syrian rebel group

Damascus, Syria, Mar 10, 2014 / 03:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of Greek Orthodox nuns in Syria, as well as women from their convent’s orphanage, were returned safely Sunday, following their kidnapping by the rebel al-Nusra Front. “God did not leave us,” said Mother Pelagia Sayyaf of the convent of St. Thekla, when they arrived in Damascus Monday, March 10. One dozen nuns and three workers were abducted from St. Thekla convent in Ma’loula, located 35 miles north … [Read more...]

New book explores models for lay catechesis in India

Bangalore, India, Mar 10, 2014 / 12:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- “Called to be a Catechist,” a book recently released by the Indian Catechetical Association, discusses the role of the laity in faith education in the country. The book collects the talks delivered at the association’s 17th annual conference, held last year in Patna, and is edited by Fr. Gilbert Choondal, a Salesian priest. “The papers explore the dimensions of a catechist, including historical, religious, … [Read more...]