Fight against HHS mandate draws thanks from bishops

Washington D.C., Apr 8, 2013 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops have thanked organizations and entities for their courage in fighting a federal contraception mandate that forces employers to pay for services that violate their religious beliefs. “Catholics in America have long been advocates for religious liberty, and we continue to affirm this basic right today,” said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore. “We have consistently supported the rights of … [Read more...]

UK bishops mourn loss of Margaret Thatcher

London, England, Apr 8, 2013 / 03:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The United Kingdom's Catholic bishops voiced grief and prayed for the soul of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who died on Monday following a stroke. “It was with sadness that we heard the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher, who served this country for many years both as a Member of Parliament and as Prime Minister,” said Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster on behalf of the local bishops' … [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput finalizes three priests’ ministry removal

Philadelphia, Pa., Apr 8, 2013 / 01:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia has finalized three priests' removal from archdiocesan ministry: one who faces a “substantiated” allegation of abuse in a 40-year-old incident and two priests who have been accused of sex abuse or other misconduct. The archbishop ruled that retired priest Monsignor Richard T. Powers, Father Joseph J. Gallagher and Father Mark S. Gaspar are “unsuitable for … [Read more...]

Rio archbishop invites Pope to visit poor neighborhood

Brasilia, Brazil, Apr 8, 2013 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The archbishop of Rio de Janeiro proposed an agenda for Pope Francis' visit to Brazil this summer for World Youth Day which includes a trip to an impoverished neighborhood known as a “favela.” Archbishop Orani Tempesta delivered his suggested itinerary to the Pontifical Council for the Laity, which is charged with overseeing the celebration of the global youth event. The proposed agenda includes a visit to the … [Read more...]

Next Fargo bishop hopes to copy Pope’s service

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2013 / 10:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Monsignor John T. Folda, who has been appointed Bishop of Fargo by Pope Francis, says he hopes to follow the Pope’s example of service, simplicity and joyful faith. “I only hope I can follow the beautiful example of service, simplicity, and joyful faith that he has already shown the world,” said Bishop-designate Folda in a statement released April 8. “It is certainly an honor to be chosen by him for this … [Read more...]

Pope considering Secretariat of State overhaul

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2013 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A top official who works at the Secretariat of State says Pope Francis is thinking about streamlining his department by combining it with another Vatican government body.   According to the source – who requested anonymity in an April 6 interview with CNA – the Pope is considering simplifying the Curia by combining a part of the Secretariat of State’s first section with the Vatican City State’s administration. … [Read more...]

Pope appoints Bishop Jackels to lead Dubuque archdiocese

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2013 / 05:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Michael O. Jackels received an early birthday present of sorts when Pope Francis named him April 8 to lead the Archdiocese of Dubuque. The Vatican press office made the appointment public just after noon Rome time, saying that the Pope also accepted the resignation of current Archbishop Jerome G. Hanus. The announcement cited canon law 401, section two as the reason Archbishop Hanus is stepping down. This means that he has … [Read more...]