Samurai’s cause for beatification forwarded to Rome

Vatican City, Feb 5, 2014 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Takayama Ukon, a 16th-century samurai who faced exile rather than giving up his Catholic faith, is being considered for sainthood because of his fidelity to Christ and his Church. The Japanese bishops’ conference submitted a 400-page application for Takayama’s beatification to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints last year. Takayama’s life is an example of “a great fidelity to the Christian vocation, … [Read more...]

Chart-topping Benedictine nuns to release album for Lent

Kansas City, Mo., Feb 5, 2014 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles – an order of contemplative nuns who live in a cloister yet repeatedly climb music charts – are set to release an album for Lent later this month. Of the 23 songs found on “Lent at Ephesus,” three are original compositions by sisters of the community, whose priory is in the Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph. “We feel like we are stepping out on a limb … [Read more...]

Bishop: Pop culture’s take on Pope an opening for conversion

Lincoln, Neb., Feb 5, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Rolling Stone piece on Pope Francis was an attempt to “hijack” the papacy for secularist causes, but Catholics should be prepared to use the Pope’s “pop culture moment” rather than become its “victim,” Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln has said. “Pop culture is important, and powerful. The sign value of Pope Francis' pontificate is immense. And liable to misinterpretation,” he … [Read more...]

Mexico Cathedral to receive John Paul II relic

Mexico City, Mexico, Feb 4, 2014 / 06:27 pm (CNA).- The Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mexico City will open its Holy Door on Feb. 9 to receive a first-class relic of Blessed John Paul II, as well as a painting and a skullcap used by the late pontiff. The ceremony will mark the beginning of the relic’s pilgrimage throughout the archdiocese in order to encourage the faithful to follow the April 27 canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII with deep devotion. Cardinal Norberto … [Read more...]

Catholic press shares mission of saving souls, new LA editor says

Los Angeles, Calif., Feb 4, 2014 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- John David Long-Garcia, the new editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles archdiocese’s The Tidings Corp., says he hopes to build on Catholic newspapers’ mission of bringing people “closer to God and closer to each other.” “The truth about who we are as human beings is incomplete if it we don’t understand who God is. That’s all part of what the mission is in Catholic journalism,” Long-Garcia … [Read more...]

Queen Elizabeth to meet with Pope Francis in April

London, England, Feb 4, 2014 / 12:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, will visit Rome on April 3, and will meet with both the Pope and the Italian president, the British Monarchy has announced. In a Feb. 4 press release, the Monarchy said that the Queen – who is the head of the Church of England – is traveling to Rome at the invitation of Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. After meeting with the politician in a … [Read more...]

God is a father who never disowns his children, Pope affirms

Vatican City, Feb 4, 2014 / 12:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis compared the love of God to the two fathers in the day's readings, saying that God is a parent who “weeps” for his children and desires them to be close to him. “This is the heart of a father, who never disowns his own son,” the Pope said in his Feb. 4 Mass, referring to the Old Testament account of David's sadness at hearing of the death of his son. Using this image of … [Read more...]