Pope meets United States’ newest and tallest bishop

Rome, Italy, May 13, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict recently welcomed Bishop-designate Gregory L. Parkes of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida –  the newest and the tallest member of the U.S. episcopate.   “I’m 6 feet 8 inches and I believe from what I’ve heard from the other bishops that I will be the tallest bishop in the United States,” Bishop-designate Parkes told CNA in Rome prior to his papal audience May 11.   “As far as the gift that it is, I suppose … [Read more...]

Refugee keeps a long-ago promise to God

Greenville, S.C., May 13, 2012 / 01:08 pm (CNA).- Franciscan Father David Phan made a promise to God at the age of 16. He was on a crowded boat with dozens of other refugees from his home country of Vietnam, suffering from seasickness and thirst. It was 1985, and he was fleeing the poverty and persecution at home to seek a better life. “I promised God that if I survived, I would dedicate my life to serve His holy will,” he said. Years later, after studying and working in the United States long en … [Read more...]

Pope calls on Catholics to take part in new Renaissance

Florence, Italy, May 13, 2012 / 11:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI went to the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance to call upon every Catholic to once again play a full part in renewing today’s culture.“Be ferment in society, be present as Christians, be active and coherent,” said the Pope during morning Mass in the town of Arezzo in the region of Tuscany May 13.“The whole Church is sent out into the world to preach the Gospel and salvation. But it is always God’s initiative; he calls … [Read more...]

Carmelite monk St. Simon Stock honored May 16

Denver, Colo., May 13, 2012 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On May 16 the Catholic Church remembers Saint Simon Stock, a twelfth- and thirteenth-century Carmelite monk whose vision of the Virgin Mary is the source of the Brown Scapular devotion. Simon was born during 1165 in the English county of Kent. He is said to have been strongly devoted to God from his youth, to the point that he left home at age 12 to live in the forest as a hermit. Following the customs of the earliest monks, he lived on … [Read more...]