Benedict XVI: fundamentalism a ‘falsification’ of religion

Aboard the papal plane, Sep 14, 2012 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict described fundamentalism as “a falsification of religion,” which goes against its true purpose as “an invitation to share God’s peace throughout the world.” “Therefore the commitment of the Church and of religions is to undertake a purification of such temptations, to illuminate consciences and to try and provide everyone with a clear image of God,” said Pope Benedict on … [Read more...]

Pope signs momentous document on Church in the Middle East

Beirut, Lebanon, Sep 14, 2012 / 02:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has signed his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Church in the Middle East, “Ecclesia in Medio Oriente,” during the first day of his visit to Lebanon. “The Exhortation as a whole is meant to help each of the Lord’s disciples to live fully and to pass on faithfully to others what he or she has become by Baptism: a child of light, sharing in God’s own light, a lamp newly lit amid … [Read more...]

‘Care of souls’ chief concern for Lincoln’s new bishop

Lincoln, Neb., Sep 14, 2012 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Evangelization and the pastoral tending of souls are among the main goals for Bishop James D. Conley, who was named the ninth bishop of Lincoln by Pope Benedict today. “There is nothing more important for a bishop than the care of souls,” Bishop Conley told members of his new diocese at a Sept. 14 press conference. With the support of the diocese, he said he has “one aim” consisting of three parts; that all … [Read more...]

Q&A with Bishop James D. Conley

Denver, Colo., Sep 14, 2012 / 10:03 am (CNA).- On Sept. 13 Denver Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley spoke to the Denver Catholic Register about his new appointment as bishop of the Lincoln Diocese.Q: When and how did you find out about your new appointment?A: I got the call on Friday, Sept. 7 as I was driving to the chancery. I saw on my cell phone that the area code was Washington and knew it was probably from the apostolic nunciature because I don’t know anyone else in Washington, … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict arrives in Lebanon as ‘pilgrim of peace’

Beirut, Lebanon, Sep 14, 2012 / 08:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says he is arriving in the Middle East with a message of peace as he begins a 3-day Apostolic Visit to Lebanon.   “Dear friends, I have come to Lebanon as a pilgrim of peace, as a friend of God and as a friend of men. Christ says, Salami o-tikum, 'My peace I give to you,'” said the Pope at the official welcoming ceremony at the Beirut’s Rafik Hariri Airport Sept. 14. “And … [Read more...]

Bishop Conley appointed to lead Diocese of Lincoln

Lincoln, Neb., Sep 14, 2012 / 05:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Diocese of Lincoln celebrates its 125th anniversary, Bishop James D. Conley has been named the region's ninth bishop by Pope Benedict XVI. “He will serve the people of Lincoln with great enthusiasm, strong leadership, and with a deep love for Jesus Christ and the Church,” Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver said in a Sept. 13 statement. Bishop Conley, who has served as the auxiliary bishop of Denver since … [Read more...]

Maronite priest says Muslims will welcome Pope to Lebanon

Rome, Italy, Sep 14, 2012 / 02:03 am (CNA).- The Rector of Rome’s Pontifical Maronite College predicts that all the people of Lebanon – Muslims included – will welcome Pope Benedict XVI to their country at the start of Apostolic Visit Sept. 14-16.“Muslims are also waiting for the Holy Father’s visit and there will certainly be many who await the moments Pope’s arrival at the airport and drive to the nunciature,” said Msgr. Antoine Gebran who was back … [Read more...]