How Watching EWTN Led to Beatification of Cardinal Newman

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Deacon Jack Sullivan

Watching Mother Angelica’s television channel has led to many miracles in people's lives, but perhaps none quite so clear as the one that happened to Deacon Jack Sullivan.

Having just completed two years formation to be ordained deacon in the archdiocese of Boston, in August 2001 Deacon Sullivan suddenly developed a very serious spinal condition. So crippling was the illness that a surgeon at Boston Hospital said he needed immediate surgery and that paralysis could be imminent.

“At that moment, things were very bleak”, Deacon Sullivan said, especially as he wanted to resume his studies that September. “I came home, I turned on the television and watched a program that was hosted by Father...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation to Be Released April 8

03/31/2016 Comments (9)

Pope Francis much anticipated post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the Synod on the Family will be published on April 8, the Vatican announced today.

In a statement, the Vatican said the document, which will be entitled “Amoris Laetitia” — the Joy of Love, will be presented at a Holy See press conference attended by Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops, and Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, archbishop of Vienna.

Also present will be married couple Professor Francesco Miano, lecturer in moral philosophy at the University of Rome at Tor Vergata, and Professor Giuseppina De Simone in Miano, lecturer in philosophy at the Theological Faculty of Southern Italy in...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Mother Angelica 'is in Heaven'

03/30/2016 Comments (9)

Pope Francis offers a special blessing for the repose of Mother Angelica's soul during his general audience March 30, 2016.


At the end of his weekly general audience today, Pope Francis pointed to the sky and said Mother Angelica “is in heaven”.

The Holy Father gave his blessing and made the remark to members of EWTN’s Rome bureau as he greeted the faithful in St. Peter’s Square. 

The staff had brought with them an image of EWTN’s founder as a sign of affection and remembrance for Mother Angelica after she passed away on Easter Sunday at the age of 92. Catholic News Agency’s Rome correspondent, Elise Harris, has more here.

The Holy Father’s tribute comes as thousands from all over the world pay their respects. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said the timing of Mother Angelica’s death on Easter Sunday was “a gift”...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' 2016 'Urbi et Orbi' Easter Message

03/27/2016 Comments (7)


Here below is Pope Francis' 'Urbi et Orbi' [to the City and to the World] Easter Message.

“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures for ever” (Ps 135:1)

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Easter!

Jesus Christ, the incarnation of God’s mercy, out of love for us, died on the cross, and out of love he rose again from the dead. That is why we proclaim today: Jesus is Lord!

His resurrection fulfils the prophecy of the Psalm: God’s mercy endures for ever; it never dies. We can trust him completely, and we thank him because for our sake he descended into the depths of the abyss.

Before the spiritual and moral abysses of mankind, before the chasms that open up in hearts...READ MORE

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Pope at Easter Vigil: Resurrect Hope of Christ in Hearts of Others

The Risen Lord is our greatest joy — He is always at our side and will never let us down, Pope says.

03/26/2016 Comments (1)
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Resurrect the hope of Christ in the hearts of many in today's world who are burdened by sadness and struggle to find meaning in their lives, Pope Francis exhorted the faithful during his Easter Vigil homily this evening in St. Peter’s basilica.

The Holy Father marked the most holy liturgical celebration in the Church’s calendar by calling on those present to be “joyful servants of hope”, proclaiming the “Risen One by our lives and by our love.” Not doing so and merely proclaiming ourselves, he said, makes the Church simply “an international organization full of followers and good rules, yet incapable of offering the hope for which the world longs.”

The Risen Lord "is our greatest joy,"...READ MORE

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Meditations and Video for the 'Via Crucis' at the Colosseum

03/25/2016 Comments (1)

At 9:15 p.m. Rome time this evening, Pope Francis will preside at the devotion of the "Via Crucis" at the Colosseum.

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, archbishop of Perugia, has written this year's meditations for each Station of the Cross (please see below). At the end of the Via Crucis, the Holy Father will give a short address to the faithful and impart his apostolic blessing.






ROME, 25 MARCH 2016 


Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti
Archbishop of Perugia – Città della Pieve


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Pope Francis' Homily at Mass of the Lord's Supper

03/25/2016 Comments (4)

Pope Francis celebrated the Missa in coena Domini – the Mass of the Lord’s Supper – on Thursday, leading the Church of Rome into the sacred Paschal Triduum that culminates in the great Easter Vigil in the night between Holy Saturday and Resurrection Sunday. This year, the Holy Father celebrated the Lord’s Supper at a temporary welcome and living facility for refugees and asylum-seekers located on the outskirts of Rome.

In imitation of Christ at the Last Supper, the Pope performed the ritual washing of the feet of a dozen people – eleven guests of the refugee centre and one woman who works at the centre. According to Vatican Radio, those invited to take part in the ritual were: 4 Nigerian...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Chrism Mass Homily - Full Text

03/25/2016 Comments (1)

In the morning of Holy Thursday yesterday, the Holy Father presided at the Holy Chrism Mass in St. Peter's basilica. The Mass was concelebrated by cardinals, bishops and priests (diocesan and religious) present in Rome. During the Mass, the priests renewed the promises they made at the time of of their ordination and the Holy Father blessed the sacred oils (Chrism, the oil of catechumens, and the oil of the sick), which will be used during the Easter Vigil, and in liturgical celebrations throughout the year.

We publish below the homily the Pope pronounced after the proclamation of the Holy Gospel:After hearing Jesus read from the Prophet Isaiah and say: “Today this Scripture has been...READ MORE

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Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review, a Franciscan publication specializing in the Church and the Middle East. Edward is the author of "The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family", published by Ignatius Press. Follow him on Twitter @edwardpentin