Next bishop of Limerick, Ireland seeks new start

Limerick, Ireland, Jan 10, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The priest named as the next Bishop of Limerick called for a “new start” three years after the diocese’s previous bishop resigned in the face of severe criticism of his handling of sex abuse cases. Pope Benedict XVI named Father Brendan Leahy, a 52-year-old theology professor at St. Patrick’s College Maynooth, as the Diocese of Limerick’s new bishop Thursday. “Being appointed Bishop of Limerick … [Read more...]

Next bishop of Limerick, Ireland seeks new start

Limerick, Ireland, Jan 10, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The priest named as the next Bishop of Limerick called for a “new start” three years after the diocese’s previous bishop resigned in the face of severe criticism of his handling of sex abuse cases. Pope Benedict XVI named Father Brendan Leahy, a 52-year-old theology professor at St. Patrick’s College Maynooth, as the Diocese of Limerick’s new bishop Thursday. “Being appointed Bishop of Limerick … [Read more...]

Cultural event in NYC to explore meaning of freedom

New York City, N.Y., Jan 10, 2013 / 12:27 pm (CNA).- An organizer for the New York Encounter, a three-day cultural festival held in January, says this year's theme of “Experiencing Freedom” is an idea both cherished and deeply divisive in American culture. “What is it that defines this mysterious thing which we call freedom, which for us as believers is the ultimate reflection of the experience of God himself that's been given to us as creatures?” Maurizio … [Read more...]

Pope names new bishop for Las Cruces, New Mexico

Las Cruces, N.M., Jan 10, 2013 / 10:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has announced that Bishop Oscar Cantú will serve as the second leader of the Diocese of Las Cruces, N.M., following the retirement of Bishop Ricardo Ramírez. Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of the diocese’s first leader who announced his retirement upon reaching the age limit in 2011, apostolic nuncio to the U.S. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò announced Jan. 10. In a statement … [Read more...]

Pope calls the Incarnation God’s gift to mankind

Vatican City, Jan 10, 2013 / 08:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict reflected on the mystery of the Incarnation during his general audience Jan. 9, calling it the “original gift of Christmas.” “On that holy night, God becoming flesh, wanting to become a gift for man, gave himself for us; God has made his only-begotten Son a gift for us, taking our humanity to give us his divinity,” the Pope said at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall. “Here we find the model of … [Read more...]

California monks build new chapel with medieval stones

Vina, Calif., Jan 10, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A California abbey has been home to Cistercian monks since 1955, and now houses a new chapel built of stones taken from a medieval Cistercian monastery in Spain. “These stones have come home...we had a donor event last year because the scaffolding finally came down, and you can see the glory of this vaulted stone chapter house,” abbot Father Paul Mark Schwan told CNA Jan. 7. “We sang our Cistercian 'Salve' at … [Read more...]

California monks build new chapel with medieval stones

Vina, Calif., Jan 10, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A California abbey has been home to Cistercian monks since 1955, and now houses a new chapel built of stones taken from a medieval Cistercian monastery in Spain. “These stones have come home...we had a donor event last year because the scaffolding finally came down, and you can see the glory of this vaulted stone chapter house,” abbot Father Paul Mark Schwan told CNA Jan. 7. “We sang our Cistercian 'Salve' at … [Read more...]


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