‘God acts and he surprises us,’ Pope teaches at Marian shrine

Aparecida, Brazil, Jul 24, 2013 / 08:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Openness to being surprised by God is an attitude which marks the life of a Christian, Pope Francis said in his homily at Brazil's Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida during his first World Youth Day Mass. “God always surprises us, like the new wine in the Gospel we have just heard. God always saves the best for us,” Pope Francis taught at a Mass July 24, after he had venerated the shrine's image of Our … [Read more...]

After beatings, imprisoned pastor finally receives medical care

Washington D.C., Jul 24, 2013 / 08:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been imprisoned in Iran for over 300 days, has at last received long-awaited medical care after suffering numerous beatings in captivity. “Thank you to all of the individuals who have prayed, written letters, signed petitions, called government officials, run benefit races, tweeted, and shared Saeed’s story,” said the pastor’s wife, Naghmeh Abedini, in a press … [Read more...]

Vatican diplomat named new Edinburgh archbishop

Vatican City, Jul 24, 2013 / 07:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Leo Cushley as the new Archbishop of St. Andrews & Edinburgh, replacing Cardinal Keith O’Brien who resigned after inappropriate behavior came to light. “I am humbled that our Holy Father Pope Francis has nominated me for such an important task here in our ancient capital,” Bishop-designate Cushley said in a July 24 statement. He also acknowledged that “it's a … [Read more...]

Pope’s unpredictability challenges security planners

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 24, 2013 / 06:35 am (CNA).- The rules for the Pope’s security during international trips have had to change since Pope Francis was elected, bringing into focus the tension between safety and pastoral priorities. When he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio walked through the streets, and took buses and the subway, so when he became Pope he did not want to follow the normal security protocols and asked his security team to allow him to … [Read more...]

Pope rearranges Rio schedule to meet with Argentine youth

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 24, 2013 / 02:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has modified his World Youth Day schedule to plan a meeting this Thursday with several thousand young people from his home country of Argentina.“The Pope expressed a desire to meet them, and the young people expressed a desire to meet the Pope,” said Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi.He announced the meeting at a July 23 press briefing, at which he discussed the Pope’s activities … [Read more...]

Bishop says young people in Rio are pilgrims, not tourists

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 23, 2013 / 08:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Auxiliary Bishop Cristian Contreras Villarroel of Santiago, Chile, says the hundreds of thousands of young people in Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day are not there as tourists but as true pilgrims. “I am very happy to see young people from all five continents, from all languages, races and nations, overcoming language barriers and sharing one and the same faith, and all of this around Pope Francis,” said Bishop … [Read more...]