Venezuelan bishop warns government to respect constitution

Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 8, 2013 / 04:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading Venezuelan bishop called on government officials to avoid manipulating the constitution amid uncertainty over the swearing-in of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez for a second term.“To alter the constitution to obtain a political objective is morally unacceptable,” said Archbishop Diego Padron Sanchez, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela.   “The political and social scene, … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI will see Christ statue from the air during WYD

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jan 8, 2013 / 12:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI will get a bird’s eye view of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks Rio de Janeiro during his visit to the city for World Youth Day 2013.   Archbishop Orani Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro told reporters that while it has not yet been determined if the Pope will personally visit the monument, “(h)e will take a ride around it via helicopter.”Standing nearly 100 feet tall, the … [Read more...]

New York auxiliary bishop picked to shepherd Camden

Camden, N.J., Jan 8, 2013 / 10:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Auxiliary Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan of New York to lead the Diocese of Camden, N.J., accepting the resignation of his predecessor. In a Jan. 8 statement, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York praised Bishop Sullivan, calling him “one of the finest bishops I know” and describing him as “an invaluable help” and “my right hand.” The bishop’s years of service have … [Read more...]

Knowledge of Catholic past deepens faith, historian finds

St. Louis, Mo., Jan 8, 2013 / 04:05 am (CNA).- A new book authored by Dr. James Hitchcock, professor of history at St. Louis University, is aimed at helping Catholics live their faith more richly by exposing them to the Church's 2000 year history. “It gives them a complete, rich picture of the Church...a Catholic who knows that will have a deeper faith,” Hitchcock told CNA in a December interview. His new work, “History of the Catholic Church,” was published … [Read more...]

Anglican nuns praised for joining Catholic Church

Oxford, England, Jan 8, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- A group of 11 Anglican nuns who were received into the communion of the Catholic Church Jan. 1 were lauded for their response to “the Holy Father's summons to unity” at their Mass of reception. “You have responded, generously and courageously,” Father Daniel Seward, provost of the Oxford Oratory, told the U.K.-based sisters. During his Jan. 1 homily on the feast of Mary, the Mother of God, he said the nuns  … [Read more...]

Legal reform emphasized during National Migration Week

Washington D.C., Jan 8, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops' migration committee is calling for prayer and action during National Migration Week to ease the struggles of immigrants coming to America. “Catholics have a responsibility to welcome newcomers into our communities and parishes, help them integrate and provide material and spiritual support that will allow them to flourish,” said Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the … [Read more...]

Pope asks diplomats to seek peace, appeals for Syria

Vatican City, Jan 7, 2013 / 06:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict gave a wide-ranging address to a group of ambassadors and diplomats that urged an end to the “slaughter” in Syria and stressed the “grave responsibility” to work for peace around the word. On Jan. 7, ambassadors and diplomats from nearly 180 countries gathered in the Apostolic Palace’s Sala Regia to hear the Pope’s traditional address to members of the diplomatic corps who are accredited … [Read more...]