Pope names Brooklyn bishop to head Bridgeport diocese

Bridgeport, Conn., Jul 31, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has selected Auxiliary Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Brooklyn to be the next Bishop of Bridgeport, Conn.“My friends, I come to you as a fellow pilgrim on the journey of faith, eager to learn about the good work done each day throughout our diocese,” Bishop Caggiano said at a July 31 press conference in Bridgeport.“I ask for your prayers, help and support. Let us work together, inviting one another to … [Read more...]

Vatican Bank’s new website aims for transparency

Vatican City, Jul 31, 2013 / 04:40 pm (CNA).- The Institute for Religious Works, informally known as the Vatican Bank, has launched a new website intended to advance transparency about the institute at a time of controversy.The institute’s president, Ernst von Freyberg, said the website is intended “to tell our customers, the Church, the interested public, what we are doing, how our reform efforts are progressing, and what the scope of our work is.”“It is an … [Read more...]

After train crash, archbishop points to Christ for comfort

Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Jul 31, 2013 / 01:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Celebrating Mass for the 79 victims of the July 24 train crash near Santiago de Compostela, Spanish Archbishop Julia Barrio invited the mourning families to seek hope and comfort in Christ.When we unite our suffering to that of Christ, it becomes redemptive, the archbishop told those gathered at a July 29 Mass at the Santiago Cathedral, including the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Spanish President Mariano Rajoy, and … [Read more...]

Pope Francis thinking about declaring Pius XII a saint

Vatican City, Jul 31, 2013 / 11:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is considering whether he will make Pope Pius XII a saint, in the same way that he approved the cause of John XXIII.   A source who works at the Vatican’s Congregation for Causes of Saints, who asked for anonymity, told CNA July 25 that “just as Pope Francis moved ahead with John XXIII’s canonization, he is considering the same thing for Pius XII.” According to the normal procedures, Pius XII … [Read more...]

Pope links fraternity and peace in 2014 theme

Vatican City, Jul 31, 2013 / 09:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ message for the Jan. 1, 2014 World Day of Peace is that living a life of fraternity can lead to peace for a world struggling with many tragedies. “In the face of the many tragedies that afflict the family of nations – poverty, hunger, underdevelopment, conflicts, migrations, pollution, inequalities, injustice, organized crime, fundamentalisms – fraternity is the foundation and the pathway to … [Read more...]

Pope focuses on centrality of Christ and Church for Jesuits

Rome, Italy, Jul 31, 2013 / 08:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of Saint Ignatius in Rome by reminding his fellow Jesuits of the dual centrality of Christ and the Church for their lives and their order. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, told journalists July 31 that it was “a unique and beautiful situation” for them as they remembered the founder of their order at the Church of Jesus (Chiesa del Gesú) in … [Read more...]

Call to be less ‘selfish’ prompts woman to serve in Rwanda

Denver, Colo., Jul 31, 2013 / 04:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Thirty-year-old Heather Quinlan will soon be leaving her home in California to spend a year in Rwanda serving as a mentor and English teacher at a Catholic boarding school for girls ages 11 to 19.“It seemed like a suitable time … in the last four years I had wrestled so much with my vocation – I spent a couple years praying about the consecrated life and a couple years discerning a relationship, so for four years I … [Read more...]