Diocese affirms need for Catholic fidelity after teacher fired

Columbus, Ohio, Apr 26, 2013 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following controversy over the firing of a Catholic school gym teacher who was in a homosexual relationship, the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio has said that educators must respect Catholic teaching and morals.The Diocese of Columbus said that personnel matters are confidential under diocesan policy and cannot be discussed specifically.Speaking “in general terms,” the diocese said in a statement, all Catholic school personnel … [Read more...]

Serve vigilantly, Archbishop Broglio tells new military bishop

Washington D.C., Apr 26, 2013 / 04:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese for Military Services received a new auxiliary bishop on Thursday, as Msgr. Robert J. Coyle was ordained with exhortations to remain humble, vigilant and faithful to the Gospel.“The successor of the apostles is humble and recognizes that he has received everything from God. He is sober and alert so as to be vigilant,” Military Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio told Bishop-designate Coyle in his homily before … [Read more...]

Dates, theme revealed for 2016 Eucharistic Congress

Cebu, Philippines, Apr 26, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).-  The Archdiocese of Cebu in the Philippines has announced that the next International Eucharistic Congress will be held in Cebu City on May 23-29, 2016.Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu publicized the dates on April 26, according to the Catholics Bishops Conference of the Philippines.The assembly is expected to draw thousands of participants – including laity and Church leaders – from countries around the … [Read more...]

Church will benefit from Latin America’s evangelization history

Rome, Italy, Apr 26, 2013 / 12:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Before meeting with the first Latin American Pope on Thursday, Colombian Cardinal Rubén Salazar Gomez said the South American Church will help the universal Church with its rich history of evangelization. “There is no doubt that the richness of the evangelizing experience of the Latin American Church is going to benefit the universal Church,” Cardinal Rubén Salazar Gomez told CNA on April 24. Cardinal Salazar … [Read more...]

Letter from Pope to Jesuit brother highlights gratitude

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Apr 26, 2013 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Mario Rafael Rausch, a Jesuit brother from Argentina who lives at the San Miguel School in Buenos Aires, said that Pope Francis taught him an important lesson on gratitude back in 1979.In an interview with CNA, Brother Rausch, who joined the Jesuits in 1977, explained that he wrote a letter thanking the Pope – who was then known as Father Jorge Bergoglio – for his service as provincial of Argentina for over six … [Read more...]

Pope says life is ‘journey of preparation’ for heaven

Vatican City, Apr 26, 2013 / 10:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “The whole journey of life is a journey of preparation” for heaven, Pope Francis said during his homily at Friday morning Mass. The Pope reflected on the Gospel passage from St. John for today in which Jesus tells the disciples not to be afraid or troubled because he goes to prepare a place in the Father’s house for them. “Prepare a place means preparing our ability to enjoy the chance, our chance, to see, to … [Read more...]

Pope’s plans for encyclical, travel disclosed

Vatican City, Apr 26, 2013 / 04:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis could issue his first encyclical this year and so far is only planning one international trip in 2013, according to Vatican press office director Father Federico Lombardi. Fr. Lombardi said that he "would not exclude" the possibility of Pope Francis issuing his first encyclical "within this year," Vatican Radio reported April 25. The Vatican spokesman explained that Benedict XVI had already laid the … [Read more...]