Illinois priest on leave after 911 handcuff call

Springfield, Ill., Jan 11, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- A priest of the Diocese of Springfield is on leave after he dialed 911 asking for help getting out of handcuffs – a call that has been replayed across the internet. Diocesan spokeswoman Kathie Sass told CNA Jan. 10 that Father Tom Donovan, pastor of St. Aloysius Church in Springfield, approached Bishop Thomas Paprocki about the incident prior to Christmas and before it attracted media attention. Sass said the priest “asked for … [Read more...]

Illinois priest on leave after 911 handcuff call

Springfield, Ill., Jan 11, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- A priest of the Diocese of Springfield is on leave after he dialed 911 asking for help getting out of handcuffs – a call that has been replayed across the internet. Diocesan spokeswoman Kathie Sass told CNA Jan. 10 that Father Tom Donovan, pastor of St. Aloysius Church in Springfield, approached Bishop Thomas Paprocki about the incident prior to Christmas and before it attracted media attention. Sass said the priest “asked for … [Read more...]

Bishops find progress in relationship with Catholic colleges

Washington D.C., Jan 10, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A report by the U.S. bishops finds a positive relationship between Catholic universities in America and the Church, while encouraging continued cooperation and growth. “Bishops reported that they believe our institutions of Catholic higher education have made definite progress in advancing Catholic identity,” the document stated. “The relationship between bishops and presidents on the local level can be … [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...]

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...]


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