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Masses of Thanksgiving Offered for Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II (2220)

The holiness of the new saints was the focus.

04/29/2014 Comment
CNA/Daniel Ibáñez

Cardinal Angelo Comastri celebrates a Mass of thanksgiving for Pope St. John Paul II April 28 in St. Peter’s Square.

– CNA/Daniel Ibáñez

VATICAN CITY — Following the canonizations of Popes John Paul II and John XIII, Church officials presided over two Masses of thanksgiving, drawing attention to the saints’ enormous contributions to the Church and to society.

Cardinal Angelo Comastri presided over Mass in giving thanks for the 27-year pontificate of John Paul II Monday in St. Peter’s Square. In his homily, Cardinal Comastri — who is archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica and vicar general for the Vatican City State — emphasized the courage John Paul II had in proclaiming the Gospel, especially during a time when the world pretended as if God no longer existed.

Observing how the Holy Father’s witness became stronger, even as...READ MORE

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A Look at the Indian Elections: Church on the Edge (5129)

Catholic leaders are wary of the consequences of a possible victory by the coalition led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.

04/29/2014 Comments (6)

Narendra Modi, chief minister of India's Gujarat state and one of the leaders of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in the current national election campaign.

– narendramodi.in

NEW DELHI — The tiny Christian community in India is receiving major media attention during the month-long election season, after the head of the Jesuit-run St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai encouraged the student body to support political parties that stand for inclusive economic growth.

In an email to the students, which called for support of parties that support “inclusive development,” principal Jesuit Father Frazer Mascarenhas also cautioned the students against supporting the “Gujarat model of development” — in apparent reference to the stance of Narendra Modi, one of the leaders of the Hindu nationalist and socially conservative Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP, Indian Peoples’ Party).


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Images from Canonizations, Exclusive with Lady Who Received St. John Paul II Miracle and Much More! (3619)

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04/29/2014 Comment

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Exclusive with Lady Who Received Saint John Paul II Miracle – Aleteia

Saint John XXIII: The Traditionalist of Change – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Legacy of a Visionary: The Life of Saint John XXIII, Part II – Thoughts from a Catholic

If Saints Were Superheroes – Seth Evangelho, Ignitum Today

Memories of Saint John Paul – Fr. Gerald Murray, The Catholic Thing

A Fresh Look at the Newest Saints Most Beloved Supplication – Richard G. Evans, Catholic Stand

Are Canonizations Infallible? – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Italians Watch the Canonization in 3D Glasses – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons...READ MORE

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Council of Cardinals Now Meeting for Fourth Session (2421)

A Vatican source indicated discussion this time could focus on the establishment of a new ‘Congregation of the People of God,’ focused on the laity.

04/28/2014 Comment

VATICAN CITY — The latest meeting of the group of eight cardinals advising Pope Francis on the reform of the Roman Curia began Monday and will continue for the following two days.

The meeting, April 28-30, follows previous meetings held in February, December and October.

The council of cardinals was instituted by Pope Francis shortly after his election to aid him in governing the Church and to revise Pastor Bonus, the apostolic constitution governing Rome’s Curia.

It is speculated that the discussion may focus on the establishment of a “Congregation of the People of God,” focused on the laity, a Vatican source told CNA April 24.

The source added that the proposed congregation would...READ MORE

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Susan B. Anthony Draws Support From Justices in First Amendment Case (3608)

At the U.S. Supreme Court, oral arguments for Susan B. Anthony v. Driehaus highlight free-speech concerns posed by Ohio ‘false statement’ law.

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WASHINGTON — When is it permissible to challenge laws that restrict campaign rhetoric and attack ads?

On April 22, that was the narrow legal issue before the U.S. Supreme Court, when it heard oral arguments in Susan B. Anthony v. Driehaus, pitting a leading activist group that raises money for national pro-life candidates against an Ohio state law that bars “false statements” from being made during political campaigns.

The justices weighed legal technicalities that will decide whether the Susan B. Anthony List has standing to pursue its First Amendment case. But the organization’s president, Marjorie Dannenfelser, contends that the closely watched case points to a more urgent and...READ MORE

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Deacons Inspired by Saintly Papal Witness (3014)

One man from England noted that the four popes' involvement in the canonization Mass made a significant impression on him.

04/28/2014 Comment
CNA/Stephen Driscoll

Clergy section at the April 27 Canonization Mass in St. Peter's Square

– CNA/Stephen Driscoll

VATICAN CITY — The April 27 canonizations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII are a source of spiritual inspiration for young men on the path to priesthood.

The proclamation of the two popes as saints “reminds us, whether we’re popes or not, we’re all called to be saints,” reflected Deacon Marc Homesy of Leeds, England.

“Especially for me, becoming a priest, who is someone in the public eye, I must seek to be visibly configured to Christ and also in my ministry encourage others in their spiritual life and in helping to build the kingdom [of God],” he said April 27.

Deacon Homsey, who will be ordained to the priesthood in three months, said he was “inspired and encouraged by all four of...READ MORE

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Fr. Walter Ciszek: With God in Russia, Was Jackie O Excommunicated? and Much More! (7581)

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04/28/2014 Comment

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Key Insights on Record Number of Converts in D. C. – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington (D. C.)

Father Walter Ciszek: With God in Russia – Don. R. McClarey JD, Catholic Stand

Young Girls and Authentic Beauty – Lilia Draime, Aleteia

Christ Teaches Us How to Die – Chelsea Zimmerman, Ignitum Today

Fidelity to Tradition: Saint Pope John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council – Donald Prudlo PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

Singing Priest at Wedding: Well Beyond the Liturgical Problems by Adam Wood - BigPulpit.com

Vast Majority of Younger Priests Appreciate New Roman Missal – Ben Yanke, The Chant Café...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Canonizes St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII (5650)

‘These were two men of courage,’ the Holy Father declared, ‘and they bore witness before the Church and the world to God’s goodness and mercy.’

04/27/2014 Comments (5)
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Pilgrims attend the April 27 canonizations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII in St. Peter’s Square.

– Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images

VATICAN CITY — Rain was threatening to spoil today’s historic canonization of two popes in St. Peter’s Square, but at the very moment that Pope Francis proclaimed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II saints at the Vatican, the sky began to brighten.

Speaking in Latin at the canonization Mass in St. Peter’s Square for the two popes, Francis confirmed they were in heaven with the words: “We declare and define Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II to be saints, and we enroll them among the saints, decreeing that they are to be venerated as such by the whole Church.”

St. Peter’s Square, filled with what the Vatican estimated were 800,000 pilgrims from all over the world — with especially large...READ MORE

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