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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…

Family of Facebook murder victim: We forgive the killer

Family of Facebook murder victim: We forgive the killer

By CNA/EWTN News

Mourning family members of a Cleveland man whose murder on Easter Sunday was posted online in a Facebook video said that despite their grief, they forgive their father’s killer.

“Each one of us forgives the killer. The murderer. We want to wrap our arms around him,” said Tonya Godwin Baines in a CNN interview.

She said that it was her slain father who taught her, through the example of his life, how to forgive.

“The thing that…

Pope: Easter is about the gift of Christianity – not us

Pope: Easter is about the gift of Christianity – not us

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

As the Church jumps into the Easter season, Pope Francis on Wednesday offered a reflection on Christ’s Resurrection and the start of Christianity, saying it’s not about us and what we do, but what the Lord has done for us.

“(Christianity) is not so much our search for God, but rather God's search for us. How beautiful to think that Christianity, essentially, is this!”

Jesus, the Pope said April 19, “has taken us, has seized…

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…

As Benedict turns 90, a rare glimpse into his joy-filled life

As Benedict turns 90, a rare glimpse into his joy-filled life

By Elise Harris and Martin Rothweiler

In a lengthy interview with EWTN's German television branch, Benedict XVI's closest aide describes how the retired pontiff is doing as he turns the milestone age of 90, giving a rare look into what life is like for the Pope Emeritus.

Archbishop Gänswein has been Benedict's personal secretary since 2003, while the latter was still Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He has remained close at Benedict's side throughout his…

Benedict XVI’s 90 years: ‘I am grateful to God’

Benedict XVI’s 90 years: ‘I am grateful to God’

By CNA/EWTN News

At his birthday party on Monday, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI told his guests that “My heart is full of gratitude for the 90 years which the good God has given me.”

The April 17 gathering at the Vatican's Mater Ecclesiae Monastery was held in observance of Benedict's 90th birthday, which fell on Easter Sunday, the day prior.

Some 50 guests from his homeland of Bavaria were present, including his elder brother, Fr. Georg Ratzinger.

Today #BenedictXVI celebrated his 90th #birthday with…

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…

Teen pleads guilty over plot to kill Pope during US visit

Teen pleads guilty over plot to kill Pope during US visit

By CNA/EWTN News

On Monday, 17 year-old Santos Colon of Lindenwold, New Jersey pleaded guilty to charges related to a plot to kill the Pope.

The teen had reportedly devised a plot to kill Pope Francis and detonate explosives during the Holy Father’s visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families in 2015.

The event was the last stop on Pope Francis’ six-day trip to the United States, during which he also visited New York City and Washington, D.C.

Hundreds…

Pope Francis to Chicago: Let peace heal your city

Pope Francis to Chicago: Let peace heal your city

By CNA/EWTN News

As violence continues to plague the city of Chicago, Pope Francis has sent words of encouragement, solidarity and hope to the people who live there.

“The consistent practice of nonviolence has broken barriers, bound wounds, healed nations – and it can heal Chicago,” the Pope said in a letter to the local archbishop, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich.

“Please convey to the people of Chicago that they have been on my mind and in my prayers,” Pope Francis…

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