Pope thanks Poland, Bergamo for gift of two great saints

Vatican City, Apr 25, 2014 / 07:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In messages to both residents of Poland and Bergamo, Pope Francis conveyed his gratitude for Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII, saying that their holiness continues to inspire the Church today. “I thank the Polish people and the Church in Poland for the gift of John Paul II,” the Pope said in a video clip addressed to the Church in Poland, adding that “all of us have been enriched by this gift.” Aired Thursday … [Read more...]

Profound spiritual life of John XXIII credited for Vatican II

Vatican City, Apr 25, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The great-nephew of Blessed John XXIII revealed the pontiff's Church vision in calling for the Second Vatican Council, noting the great continuity between his ideas and the pontificate of John Paul II. “John XXIII does not avoid confrontation with the world of his time, although perhaps the real dialectical confrontation with modernity was up to Paul VI,” Marco Roncalli told CNA, “however it is Pope (John XXIII) … [Read more...]

Papal phone calls cannot change Church doctrine, canonist assures

Vatican City, Apr 25, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Marriage is indissoluble according to the doctrine of the Church and a Pope’s phone call could not change that, a canon lawyer has explained. Media speculation arose this week over an alleged phone call made by Pope Francis to a divorced and remarried Argentine woman. It is claimed he told her she could receive Communion. It is simply “impossible Pope Francis would have changed the doctrine on the indissolubility of the … [Read more...]

Vatican journalists remember John Paul II in new book

Vatican City, Apr 25, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A newly published book gathers the memories of 13 journalists and communications specialists about John Paul II, including those of Fr. Giorgio Costantino, spokesman of the Synod of Bishops. “Giovanni Paolo II, raccontato da chi lo ha ‘raccontato’”, or “John Paul II, as reported by those who ‘reported’ him”, edited by Angela Ambrogetti and Raffaele Iaria and published by Tau Editrice, … [Read more...]

Canonization Mass may draw 1,000 bishop concelebrants

Vatican City, Apr 24, 2014 / 06:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Holy See Press Office director Father Federico Lombardi said that as many as 150 cardinals and 1,000 bishops will concelebrate the April 27 canonization Mass for Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. The concelebrants at the altar will include Vicar General of Rome Cardinal Agostino Vallini, former John Paul II aide Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, and Bishop Francesco Beschi of Bergamo, Vatican Radio reports. Fr. Lombardi told … [Read more...]

JPII’s theology of the body is transformative, scholar says

Washington D.C., Apr 24, 2014 / 04:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- John Paul II’s upcoming canonization gives new impetus to his “ground-breaking” theology of the body, which has the potential to “completely transform” contemporary culture, one theology professor says. “Catholics who have been presented with the teaching in its fullness have experienced profound conversions,” said Professor Mary Shivanandan. She explained that the theology of the body has … [Read more...]

Spread Christ’s joy as did St Jose de Anchieta, Pope urges

Rome, Italy, Apr 24, 2014 / 03:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During a Thanksgiving Mass for the canonization of St. Jose de Anchieta, Pope Francis spoke Thursday on the theme of joy, saying that while it can be intimidating, it is a gift of God which ought to be spread. St. Jose de Anchieta, the 'Apostle of Brazil', “found out how to communicate that which he experienced with the Lord,” Pope Francis said during a April 24 Mass said at Rome's St. Ignatius of Loyola … [Read more...]