Monthly Archives: April 2014

Canonizations: Archbishop, chaplain and pilgrim

ROME — Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore is one of many U.S. bishops in Rome this weekend for the canonizations of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II. I asked him today what the two new saints teach him … Continue reading

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Vatican issues official prayers to Saints John XXIII & John Paul II

VATICAN CITY — The banners of Blesseds Pope John Paul II and John XXIII were hung on the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica today and the official prayer cards of the two new saints have been printed. Cardinal Angelo Comastri, … Continue reading

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Saintly souvenirs on sale

VATICAN CITY — There is no shortage of souvenir stands and shops around the Vatican, and many have now stocked up on items depicting the two soon-to-be saints. As usual, there’s also lots of merchandise featuring Pope Francis, including this … Continue reading

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No nook neglected: Spring cleaning at the Vatican

VATICAN CITY — City workers have been out in force the past few weeks getting Rome ready for the massive numbers of people expected for the canonizations this Sunday of Blesseds Pope John XXIII and John Paul II. Road crews … Continue reading

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Crowded streets, churches attest that Holy Week and Easter have never been more alive in this El Salvador city

SOYAPANGO, El Salvador — The Easter Bunny doesn’t live here. There are no egg hunts, no large bags of candy for sale or Easter baskets or bonnets in these crowded streets. But there are crowded churches and the advent of … Continue reading

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God is still #1 for the nun who wants to have fun

ROME — Who would have thought there could be room for God in a Cyndi Lauper song, much less her 1983 hit, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” But 25-year-old Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia found it when she pointed and … Continue reading

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A glance at Auschwitz and Blessed John Paul II

By Emily Antenucci OSWIECIM, Poland — Imagine you are standing, eyes closed, in a field stretching for miles. It’s green with grass and trees, colorful with flowers, the air filled with the songs of birds chirping their favorite tune. Now … Continue reading

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