Bishop calls for social action to address migrants’ challenges

Trenton, N.J., Jul 17, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop David O'Connell has issued a pastoral statement challenging Catholics to reach across partisan boundaries to pray and act for solutions to the challenges facing immigrants in the United States. “As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I ask all Catholics and those who believe with us, to put aside any partisan differences to pray for all our immigrant sisters and brothers, particularly on Justice for Immigrants … [Read more...]

Retired bishop who served Chicago’s Polish community dies

Chicago, Ill., Jul 17, 2013 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Thaddeus J. Jakubowski, a retired auxiliary bishop of the Chicago archdiocese who worked with the city's Polish population, died July 14 at the age of 89. “He was respected by the priests and he was very good in working with parishes,” Bishop John R. Gorman, a fellow Chicago auxiliary bishop emeritus, said the following day. The two were consecrated bishops together in 1988. Bishop Jakubowski was … [Read more...]

Military archbishop welcomes religious freedom coalition

Washington D.C., Jul 16, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Timothy Broglio has welcomed a coalition for religious freedom in the U.S. military as legislation aiming to protect religious belief and action among service members advances in Congress. “The Archdiocese looks forward to working closely as an ally as all seek to ensure the continued protection of the 1st Amendment Rights of Free Speech and the Free Exercise of Religion of the men and women of the United States … [Read more...]

Bishop catechists for World Youth Day 2013 revealed

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 16, 2013 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, more than 250 bishops from around the world will preside at catechetical sessions for pilgrims from July 24-26. “At the catecheses, we will have to limit the number of entries,” Father Leandro Lenin, director of World Youth Day's pastoral preparation department, announced July 15. Each session will take place from 9am to 1pm, and will conclude with a Mass said by the … [Read more...]

Blessed Chiara Badano an ‘excellent’ model for World Youth Day

Rome, Italy, Jul 16, 2013 / 12:30 pm (CNA).- A friend of Blessed Chiara Badano, a patroness of World Youth Day 2013 who united her suffering from cancer to Christ's passion, called her an excellent model for young people to follow. “I think that the Brazilian bishops' conference chose her because she is a model of sainthood that is simple, and not someone spectacular,” Franz Coriasco, an Italian journalist, told CNA July 16. “She proved that you can pass from the … [Read more...]

Argentine bishop turning 100 assures Pope is ‘a holy man’

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jul 16, 2013 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Guillermo Leaden, who resides in Buenos Aires and will turn 100 on July 20, reflected on the election of Pope Francis by saying, “Bergoglio is a holy man.” Bishop Leaden is an auxiliary bishop emeritus of the Buenos Aires archdiocese. He is the eldest bishop in Argentina, and the fifth eldest in the world. Upon learning that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio – the archbishop of Buenos Aires – had been … [Read more...]

Philosopher lauds Pope’s thriving Latin Twitter account

Washington D.C., Jul 16, 2013 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With media outlets taking notice of the unexpected success of the Pope's tweets in Latin, a scholar conversant in the language finds it remarkable that so many are interacting in the “dead” tongue. With 123,000 followers, @Pontifex_ln is actually seen by more Twitter users than are the Pope's tweets in Polish, German and Arabic. Not only are the tweets being read in Latin, some users are responding in … [Read more...]