Pope accepts resignation of Chilean bishop accused of sexual abuse

Vatican City, Oct 9, 2012 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- On Oct. 9, Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of Bishop Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernadez of Iquique, Chile, who has been under investigation by the Vatican since April for alleged sexual abuse. The Holy See's Press Office said the bishop resigned in conformity with a specific code in canon law, which allows for resignation “because of ill health or some other grave cause.” The Apostolic Nunciature in Chile also announced that … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan: Confession is the sacrament of New Evangelization

Vatican City, Oct 9, 2012 / 02:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York told the synod of bishops gathered at the Vatican that “the primary sacrament of the New Evangelization is the sacrament of penance.”“Yes the sacraments of initiation – baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist – change, challenge and equip the agents of evangelization, but the sacrament of reconciliation evangelizes the evangelizers, as it brings us sacramentally into … [Read more...]

Christians excited to hear Pope’s messages in Arabic

Vatican City, Oct 9, 2012 / 12:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Arab Christians are reacting positively to the decision to include Arabic as one of the official languages used at the Pope’s weekly general audience.“In this way, in the wake of his recent trip to Lebanon and the publication of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation ‘Ecclesia in Medio Oriente,’ the Holy Father intends to express his perpetual concern and support for Christians in the Middle East, and to remind … [Read more...]

Year of Faith chance to deepen love for Christ through sacraments

Washington D.C., Oct 9, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- The head of the U.S. bishops' catechesis and evangelization committee has called upon Catholics to draw closer to Christ by deepening their understanding of the sacraments during the Year of Faith.   “The Seven Sacraments continue the saving work of Jesus until he comes again and form the center of the celebration of the Christian mystery,” said Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay. He explained that through the … [Read more...]

Year of Faith opening will relive iconic Vatican II moments

Vatican City, Oct 9, 2012 / 10:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A procession of over 400 bishops from around the world will form a key part of the ceremony to open the Church’s Year of Faith on Oct. 11, a day that will also mark the 50th anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council.“When you look at the television images of Vatican II from 50 years ago, first of all you see a big procession with all the bishops. We will repeat the same” procession, Archbishop Rino … [Read more...]

Atlanta archdiocese prohibits support of Komen foundation

Atlanta, Ga., Oct 9, 2012 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Atlanta recently sent a memo to its parishes announcing they are to end support for Susan G. Komen for the Cure over the organization's ties with Planned Parenthood. “The Archdiocese of Atlanta is concerned about the protection of human life, especially the precious unborn lives of babies,” archdiocesan communications director, Pat Chivers, told CNA Oct. 8. “It's our opportunity to teach … [Read more...]