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St Anthony of Padua considered ‘all the world as his home’

St Anthony of Padua considered ‘all the world as his home’

By Simone Baroncia, CNA/EWTN News

As the Church celebrates St. Anthony of Padua, his widespread popularity can be traced to his efforts at reaching out as a neighbor to all peoples, according to the rector of the basilica where the saint's body rests.

“The devotion to the Saint of the Peoples is truly universal perhaps because he himself desired to consider all the world his as his home,” Father Oliviero Svanera, rector of the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua, told…

Looking forward to 10 years of Summorum Pontificum

Looking forward to 10 years of Summorum Pontificum

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

Ten years after Benedict XVI broadened access to the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass, the document by which he did so is being hailed as a means of closing the rift of division following liturgical changes made after the Second Vatican Council.

“Sometimes there are these polemics, but I think Benedict tried to overcome these polemics, saying that even in the liturgy there is a certain progress … but clearly in full continuity with the…

What Cardinal O’Malley thinks we can all learn from Fatima

What Cardinal O’Malley thinks we can all learn from Fatima

By CNA/EWTN News

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston said that this weekend’s celebrations for the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima can teach us all about the universal call to holiness and conversion.

“I've always had a great devotion to Our Lady of Fatima,” he told CNA, adding that he’s been involved in Portuguese ministry for many years.

“I had a Portuguese parish for 20 years and was bishop of Fall River for 10 years, where half the Catholics…

Priest stabbed during Mass at Mexico City cathedral

Priest stabbed during Mass at Mexico City cathedral

By CNA/EWTN News

A Mexican priest is in “delicate but stable” condition after being stabbed in the neck Monday evening at Mexico City’s cathedral, according to government and church authorities.

Father José Miguel Machorro Alcalá, 55, was stabbed in the neck and torso May 15 at the conclusion of saying Mass at the cathedral.

Witnesses reported that it appeared the attacker's intention was to slit the priest’s throat.

Authorities detained a suspect at the scene who had reportedly attempted to…

Want to engage secular culture? An Irish bishop provides a guide.

Want to engage secular culture? An Irish bishop provides a guide.

By CNA/EWTN News

Neither the narrow narrative against religion nor the real failings of the Church should define the role of Catholics in public life, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh has said.

“Our challenge is to present to the world the edifying and inspiring witness of people of faith,” said the archbishop. “We are impacted by the process of secularization. We live, breathe, work and believe alongside people of other traditions, faiths and none and the pressure on believers to…

It’s official: Pope Francis to canonize Fatima visionaries during May visit

It’s official: Pope Francis to canonize Fatima visionaries during May visit

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

During his trip to Portugal for the centenary of the Fatima Marian apparitions next month, Pope Francis will canonize visionaries Francisco and Jacinta Marto, making them the youngest non-martyrs to ever be declared saints.

The children will be canonized during Pope Francis' May 13 Mass in Fatima. The decision for the date was made during a April 20 consistory of cardinals, which also voted on the dates of four other canonizations, in addition to that of…

A bleeding host in Argentina? Bishop investigates alleged Eucharistic miracle   Buenos Aires, Argent

A bleeding host in Argentina? Bishop investigates alleged Eucharistic miracle   Buenos Aires, Argent

By CNA/EWTN News

A bishop in the Argentine province in Santa Fe is investigating a Eucharistic host that appeared to bleed during adoration at a drug rehabilitation home.

Bishop Luis Fernandez of the Rafaela diocese announced that an investigation will be carried out to examine what took place earlier this week, when a group of young people were in Eucharistic adoration and saw a substance in the consecrated host that appeared to be blood.

On April 11, Tuesday of Holy…

Kidnapped priest in Mexico liberated

Kidnapped priest in Mexico liberated

By CNA/EWTN News

A priest in Mexico's state of Tamaulipas who had been abducted earlier this week was freed on Thursday after media pressure on the case.

Fr. Oscar López Navarro, a member of the Missionaries of Christ the Mediator, was kidnapped March 28 as he was arriving at his parish of St. Joseph the Worker in Altamira, fewer than 20 miles north of Tampico.

Bishop José Luis Dibildox Martínez of Tampico told news outlets that Fr. López, 40, had…

Mali bishops plead for kidnapped nun’s release

Mali bishops plead for kidnapped nun’s release

By CNA/EWTN News

The Catholic bishops of Mali are asking the general public to help secure the release of a nun who was kidnapped in the country February 7th.

Sister Cecilia Argoti Narvaez was originally from Colombia but worked in Mali until she was kidnapped earlier this year. Her fate is still unknown.

“We are exploring all possible paths to obtain Sister Cecilia’s release and are calling upon the faithful to keep praying for her,” said Father Edmond Dembele, secretary…

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