CNA’s Rome editor takes on new role with Denver archdiocese

Denver, Colo., Jul 29, 2013 / 05:20 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila has named CNA's Rome Bureau News Director, David Uebbing, to serve as his assistant as the chancellor to the Archdiocese of Denver.“I'm really looking forward to working with Archbishop Aquila,” Uebbing told CNA July 29. “I am blessed to be able to help him in his work to encourage people to meet Jesus, support marriages, defend life at all stages, and engage in the New Evangelization in the … [Read more...]

Kansas diocese mourns death of retired bishop, George Fitzsimons

Salina, Kan., Jul 29, 2013 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Salina, Kansas, is mourning the death of its former leader, Bishop Emeritus George K. Fitzsimons, who died Sunday July 28, a bout a month short of his 85th birthday.“Bishop Fitzsimons was loved by all. In his 20 years of devoted ministry to the people of the Salina Diocese he established many lasting friendships,” Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger of Salina said July 28.“I believe, however, that he … [Read more...]

Catholics begin to build new church in the Emirates

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Jul 29, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in the town of Mussafah in the United Arab Emirates have begun construction on a new church dedicated to St. Paul.   Bishop Paul Hinder, O.F.M., the Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia, blessed the church’s foundation stone on June 29 in the presence of the local Catholic community, including priests and religious missionaries .“God dwells in each person ... and with faith and love (is) … [Read more...]

In spite of challenges, global youth plan for Krakow

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 29, 2013 / 10:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Young global participants in Rio de Janeiro's World Youth Day say that traveling to Krakow, Poland in 2016 for the next event “will be a great challenge,” but that “we’ll be there.”Arturo Fernandez, from the Diocese of Morón in Argentine, told CNA that young people “will do as much as possible to attend the next World Youth Day. We get together and pray hard to be able to … [Read more...]

World Youth Day vigil was ‘spectacular,’ say pilgrims in Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 29, 2013 / 09:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Young people participating in the World Youth Day prayer vigil in Rio de Janeiro before the final Mass with Pope Francis said the experience left a mark on them.“The vigil was something spectacular,” said Yoel Aparicio from Lima, Peru.“Visiting Brazil isn’t just visiting Brazil,” he told CNA, “because the Pope asks you to go back to your parish to share everything you have … [Read more...]

Pope gives surprising in-flight press conference

Rome, Italy, Jul 29, 2013 / 09:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis finished off his trip to Brazil with one last unscripted moment by holding a 1 hour and 20 minute press conference during the flight back to Rome. The July 28 meeting with journalists covered everything from the canonization of Blessed John Paul II to an investigation of a Vatican monsignor who allegedly lived in a homosexual relationship. Monsignor Battista Ricca was recently made secretary of the commission of cardinals … [Read more...]

Vatican, Italy sign money laundering prevention agreement

Vatican City, Jul 29, 2013 / 05:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican and Italy have reached an agreement on sharing financial information that will help the two countries prevent money laundering and the financing of terrorism. “The Holy See and the Vatican City State take international responsibilities concerning Anti- Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism very seriously, and Italy is an especially important partner for us,” said René Brülhart, the director … [Read more...]