Animated video on John Paul II aims to evangelize youth

Rome, Italy, May 14, 2014 / 11:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In honor of the canonization of St. John Paul II, audiovisual resource page Catholic Link has created an animated video detailing the profound spiritual life of the saint with the hope of reaching youth. “With the video we try to tell people and share his life, but in a way that really emphasizes this central point…what the core, the nucleus of all of this was his relationship with Christ,” Garrett Johnson told CNA in a … [Read more...]

Theme for upcoming World Day of Families announced

Vatican City, May 14, 2014 / 08:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a press conference held in Philadelphia, USA Vatican officials announced the theme for the 2015 World Day of Families, which will center on humanity’s universal vocation to love. “Ladies and gentleman, the theme for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 is, ‘Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,’” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput revealed during the May 13 press … [Read more...]

Pope: gift of fortitude not just for ‘extraordinary circumstances’

Vatican City, May 14, 2014 / 05:14 am (CNA).- During his General Audience address Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke on the gift of fortitude, explaining that it helps us to remain faithful not only with the big things, but also in our daily activities. “We shouldn't think this gift is only for extraordinary circumstances,” the Pope noted in his May 14 audience, because “For most of us, the gift of fortitude is exercised in our patient pursuit of holiness in the circumstances … [Read more...]

Students inspired by John Paul II to revitalize college town

Steubenville, Ohio, May 14, 2014 / 04:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of college classmates have set out on a mission to revamp their university town in Ohio after learning more about Saint John Paul II and Catholic social teaching. “My friends were all just taking summer classes and reading a lot about Pope John Paul II and about Catholic social teaching and just realized that Steubenville is such a great place,” Patrick Walters told CNA. Now finishing up his senior year at … [Read more...]

DC procession celebrates John Paul II’s sainthood

Washington D.C., May 14, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Several hundred people took part in a procession to the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., on May 11 in celebration of the canonizations of St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII. “In the years and decades ahead, may each pilgrim be inspired by St. John Paul II’s total entrustment to Christ, Redeemer of man, and to the Mother of God,” Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, said at … [Read more...]

Catholic publishers see boost from interest in Pope Francis

Turin, Italy, May 14, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The “Francis effect” has invigorated Catholic publishing houses, and religious books are becoming less of a niche market, publishers at a recent international book fair in Italy have explained. This year’s Turin International Book Fair, held May 8-12, was the first instance in which the Holy See had been invited as a special guest to the event; its publisher set up a booth featuring a large St. Peter’s dome made … [Read more...]

Exorcism conference trains priests in ‘ministry of love’

Rome, Italy, May 13, 2014 / 08:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For the ninth consecutive year, a group of experts met in Rome to train those interested in the ministry of exorcism – a rite hailed as a vital act of service in the Church today. Participant Father Maximus Urbanowicz, a missionary priest from the Orthodox Church of America, described the practice as “a ministry of love” and “compassion, which requires great faith and virtue in those that are ministering to  … [Read more...]