Minor appointments by Pope Francis signs of Curial reform

Vatican City, Aug 16, 2013 / 05:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A series of seemingly minor appointments may be the forerunners of a Pope Francis “revolution” in the Roman Curia, centered on the Pope who prefers to maintain a small circle of persons around him.   “There is a transition in place, and Pope Francis has his own project, which he shares just with a few people around him,” a source who is familiar with the Vatican Secretariat of State told CNA … [Read more...]

Spanish bishop calls for active charity on feast of Assumption

Bilboa, Spain, Aug 16, 2013 / 01:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Mario Iceta of Bilbao, Spain, said that like Mary, we should allow our lives to be used to offer hope to those in all forms of poverty, as well as to young people. During his homily at the Basilica of Begona on the feast of the Assumption of Mary, Bishop Iceta drew attention especially to the elderly and the sick who were not able to attend the Mass. In particular, he mentioned the mayor of Bilbao, Inaki Azkuna, who … [Read more...]

Saved from abortion, Chilean twin brothers are now priests

Santiago, Chile, Aug 16, 2013 / 12:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two twin brothers in Chile say that their mother’s determination in protecting them from abortion despite the advice of doctors helped to foster their vocations to the priesthood.“How can I not defend the God of life?” said Fr. Paulo Lizama. “This event strengthened my vocation and gave it a specific vitality, and therefore, I was able to give myself existentially to what I believe.”“I am … [Read more...]

Romania implored to return Communist-seized churches

Washington D.C., Aug 16, 2013 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of 20 U.S. lawmakers is pushing the State department to encourage Romania's government to return property confiscated from minority religious groups under the former communist regime.After World War II, the Romanian Catholic Church “wasn’t allowed their buildings – religious objects were seized: it’s about time to make things right,” U.S. Congressman Andy Harris (R-Md.) told CNA on Aug. … [Read more...]

California abuse bill could still threaten Catholic Church

Los Angeles, Calif., Aug 16, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A California bill accused of unfairly targeting the Catholic Church and other groups with lawsuits on decades-old abuse charges has stalled in a committee, but the measure is still being considered.On Aug. 14, Senate Bill 131 received six votes in the local Assembly Appropriations Committee, three short of the nine needed to advance to the assembly floor for a full vote. Four committee members voted against the bill while seven … [Read more...]

Pope tells nuns that they are like Mary, opening heaven

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 16, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA).- While visiting a convent of Poor Clare nuns yesterday, Pope Francis said that “a consecrated woman is a little like the Virgin Mary,” one of the nuns related to Vatican Radio.“Mary stands behind the door of Paradise. When the sinners get there, Saint Peter is not always opening the doors. Mary suffers, and remains there,” Sister Maria Concetta said, recounting Pope Francis' words to the nuns of the Immaculate … [Read more...]