Chinese government ignores Vatican warning on bishop ordination

Vatican City, Jul 6, 2012 / 03:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is considering its response following the illicit ordination of another bishop without Pope Benedict’s approval.Father Joseph Yue Fusheng, 48, was ordained as bishop of Harbin city on July 6, despite warnings from Rome that he faced automatic excommunication for doing so.“This episcopal ordination of Harbin will create confusion and divisions among the Catholic community in China,” the Vatican’s … [Read more...]

Latin American countries competing for papal visit in 2013

Rome, Italy, Jul 6, 2012 / 01:11 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- Pope Benedict XVI could make a stopover in a Spanish-speaking Latin American country during his visit to the region for World Youth Day Rio 2013.   According to reports in the Italian media, three countries--Colombia, Panama and Chile--are vying for the chance to host the pontiff as he makes his way to Brazil next year.   The Colombian government has already extended an invitation to the Pope, which was echoed by a group of … [Read more...]

Thousands visit St. John Vianney’s heart in England

Liverpool, United Kingdom, Jul 6, 2012 / 11:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An estimated 6,000 pilgrims have braved heavy rain to venerate the relic of St. John Vianney’s heart since its arrival in England yesterday.“This relic represents a call to the heart, a call to return to what must lie at the heart of the life our parishes declining or apparently flourishing in city, town and countryside,” Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury told pilgrims at Liverpool’s Cathedral of Christ … [Read more...]

Thousands visit St. John Vianney’s heart in England

Liverpool, United Kingdom, Jul 6, 2012 / 11:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An estimated 6,000 pilgrims have braved heavy rain to venerate the relic of St. John Vianney’s heart since its arrival in England yesterday.“This relic represents a call to the heart, a call to return to what must lie at the heart of the life our parishes declining or apparently flourishing in city, town and countryside,” Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury told pilgrims at Liverpool’s Cathedral of Christ … [Read more...]

Vatican astronomer says ‘God particle’ is misnamed, but exciting

Rome, Italy, Jul 6, 2012 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While it has no direct bearing on theology or revelation, the scientific discovery hailed by some as the “God particle” is an important achievement, a Vatican astronomer says.“It is a wonderful piece of science,” said Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, a researcher and spokesman at the Vatican Observatory, in a July 5 interview with CNA.On July 4, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) publicized … [Read more...]

Illinois community ups efforts to prevent strip club opening

Chicago, Ill., Jul 6, 2012 / 02:03 am (CNA).- A prayer vigil and novena are among the steps a small community in Illinois is taking to prevent the opening of a multi-million dollar strip club next door to a convent in a residential area. On July 2, over 130 children, parents and young adults came together for a prayer vigil and Eucharistic Adoration at the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo convent in Melrose Park. “Today is a testament to the spiritual courage of this … [Read more...]


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