Global event hails family as solution to modern crises

Madrid, Spain, May 29, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Over 3,000 participants at the sixth annual World Congress of Families in Madrid, Spain issued a declaration calling the family essential in solving present-day crises. “We assert that the lasting solutions to human problems, including the current economic crisis, come from families and from small communities,” reads the statement titled, the Declaration of Madrid. Ignacio Arsuaga, president of the civil rights organization, t … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus to hold global prayer for Pope

Rome, Italy, May 29, 2012 / 01:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the 35th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI's episcopal ordination, the head of the Knights of Columbus has asked all 1.8 million members of the Catholic fraternal order to pray for the pontiff. “At this important moment in the history of the Church and in the life of Pope Benedict XVI, it isimportant that we commit ourselves in prayer and solidarity to our Holy Father in a special way," Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said May 28.He asked e … [Read more...]

Pope meets Costa Rican president, discusses defense of life

Vatican City, May 29, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI met with President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica at the Vatican, discussing a number of issues including the task of defending human life from the moment of conception.  The May 28 discussion came as Costa Rica faces continued pressure from the Inter-American Human Rights Court to legalize in vitro fertilization. The cordial talk between the two leaders on Monday focused on the excellent relationship between the Holy See and … [Read more...]

Pope gives Buffalo diocese new bishop

Vatican City, May 29, 2012 / 10:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Richard J. Malone has been appointed as the new head of the Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y.“I am most grateful to our Holy Father for his trust in appointing me Bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo,” he said in a May 29 statement. Although he is saddened to leave the faithful of his current diocese in Portland, Maine, Bishop Malone said he looks forward “with enthusiasm” to taking up his responsibility in Buffalo. Bishop Malone was installed as … [Read more...]

Joy overcomes Denver’s future archbishop

Denver, Colo., May 29, 2012 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Archbishop-designate Samuel J. Aquila of Fargo, N.D. assumes his role as Denver's new shepherd, the former Coloradan brings with him a love for the priesthood, a passion for pro-life advocacy and a heart for the youth.“I never, ever dreamed that I would ever return here,” he told CNA. “And now in the Father's providential plan and in his love, I'm now the archbishop.”“It's amazing,” he said, overcome with emotion.Filling a position left … [Read more...]

Pope appoints Fargo bishop to lead Denver archdiocese

Vatican City, May 29, 2012 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Filling a post vacant for over eight months, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Samuel J. Aquila of Fargo, N.D., as the new Archbishop of Denver.Archbishop-designate Aquila was announced on May 29 as the Denver archdiocese's new leader by nuncio Archbishop Carlo M. Vigano, the Pope's representative to the U.S.Archbishop-designate Aquila will succeed Archbishop CharlesJ. Chaput, who led Denver-area Catholics for 14 years and was installed as … [Read more...]

Pope suffering but serene as Vatileaks investigation continues

Vatican City, May 28, 2012 / 09:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict is “suffering” but serene, despite the prosecution of his butler for stealing sensitive papal documents and the continuing police hunt to find any accomplices. “He is aware of the delicate situation that the Roman curia is going through, but he is keeping up his serenity with great faith and moral superiority as you saw in yesterday’s celebrations,” papal spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said May 28. Paolo Gabriele is still in c … [Read more...]