Cardinal Schönborn: Loss of Mid-East Christians would be ‘tragedy for the region’

Washington D.C., Jun 30, 2012 / 05:04 pm (CNA).- World leaders and diplomats must help prevent a total loss of Middle Eastern Christianity, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna warned in a June 26 panel discussion in Washington, D.C. “Religious geography is mobile. And as things go, it may happen that the Near East will undergo the fate of the North African Christianity in the seventh century,” Vienna's archbishop told listeners at the Hudson Institute. That … [Read more...]

Turning work into prayer

Atlanta, Ga., Jun 30, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Mention the word “work” and many people cringe. As for me, the moment I was old enough to wield a broom, I labored along with my mother and sister to get our Miami home into tiptop shape.We scoured tubs, polished dressers, changed linens and tackled a pile of clothes waiting for the sizzle of the iron.In high school I had simple jobs like babysitting and gift wrapping presents in a department store. In college, I waited tables, sold … [Read more...]

Archbishop Fulton Sheen beatification could come ‘very quickly’

Peoria, Ill., Jun 30, 2012 / 07:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest connected with the cause of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen has said the “historic speed” with which he was declared "venerable" could be the sign of a rapid beatification and canonization process for the famous U.S. television evangelist.Msgr. Stanley Deptula, the executive director of the Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation, told a June 29 telephone press conference that only God knows whether and when … [Read more...]

New US archbishops grateful to receive palliums

Rome, Italy, Jun 29, 2012 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop-elect Samuel J. Aquila of Denver said he was deeply thankful to be among the dozens of new archbishops to receive a pallium from Pope Benedict XVI in Rome on June 29. “When I went up to receive the pallium I truly felt humbled thinking 'who am I to be receiving this great gift, this sign of unity with the Holy Father and to be receiving it from Benedict XVI,'” he told CNA moments after departing the papal … [Read more...]

Cardinal Schönborn asks dissenting priests to renounce manifesto

Vienna, Austria, Jun 29, 2012 / 03:02 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Cristoph Schönborn of Vienna has asked a group of priests to renounce a manifesto called “Call to Disobedience” or leave administrative posts in the Catholic Church. Last month the cardinal told priests he would not appoint supporters of the manifesto, organized by a group called Priests’ Initiative, to the position of dean. He would not renew the assignments of those already in posts, Reuters … [Read more...]

Successor to Opus Dei founder moves toward beatification

Vatican City, Jun 29, 2012 / 01:02 pm (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI has approved a decree recognizing the heroic virtues of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the successor of St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, founder of Opus Dei. “Bishop Alvaro is remembered by so many men and women as a priest of peace, loyal to his commitment of love to God, very united to the Church and to the Roman Pontiff,” remarked Bishop Javier Echevarria, current prelate of Opus Dei. “With love and total … [Read more...]

Pope upholds Saints Peter, Paul as witnesses of Christian brotherhood

Vatican City, Jun 29, 2012 / 09:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI reflected that St. Peter and St. Paul are prime examples of the brotherhood that all Christians should live in Jesus Christ.   “Peter and Paul, much as they differ from one another in human terms and notwithstanding the conflicts that arose in their relationship, illustrate a new way of being brothers, lived according to the Gospel, an authentic way made possible by the grace of Christ’s Gospel working … [Read more...]