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'The Dream of Gerontius', a courageous, Catholic musical work

In the year 1900 Edward Elgar composed one of the greatest, and also one of the most courageous pieces of music ever envisioned by an English composer. The title is "The Dream of Gerontius", an evening-length dramatic work. It is scored for three soloists, orchestra, large chorus and organ. It is often called an oratorio, but that doesn't really describe the intensely dramatic, psychologically and spiritually probing nature of the work. Its subject is the journey of an aged man from his dying day, through death, and on into the other side.

The life of a hermit: A glimpse inside the little-known state of life

Portland, Maine, Apr 15, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- The word ‘hermit’ might conjure up some strange images, a la John the Baptist living reclusively in the desert, wearing a hair shirt and eating locusts and honey.

Peaceful protests outside hospital to support Alfie Evans' parents

Liverpool, England, Apr 14, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- Amid a tense battle over medical care for gravely ill toddler Alfie Evans, hundreds of protestors crowded outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital this week in support of the child and his parents.

They were going to get married. Now he's a priest and she's a sister

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Apr 12, 2018 CNA.- Before discovering their vocations, Fr. Javier Olivera and Sister Marie de la Sagesse were engaged and planning their wedding. God had other plans.

Retired pope celebrates 91st birthday

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Retired Pope Benedict XVI had a "peaceful and familial" 91st birthday April 16, celebrating with his 94-year-old brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, who was visiting from Germany, the Vatican said.

Pope joins meeting to prepare synod for the Amazon

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis met with members of the preparatory council for the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon region, which will take place in Rome in October 2019.

Respect life of severely ill patients like Alfie Evans, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Highlighting the plight of a seriously ill toddler in Great Britain and a severely brain-damaged man in France, Pope Francis called for greater respect for every patient's life and dignity.

'Is my dad in heaven?' little boy asks pope

ROME (CNS) -- After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the neighborhood's children.

Chilean abuse victims welcome pope's letter, call for zero tolerance

SANTIAGO, Chile (CNS) -- Victims of clergy sexual abuse welcomed Pope Francis' letter in which he apologized for underestimating the seriousness of the crisis in Chile.