Global community offers prayers, support after Kenya attack

Washington D.C., Sep 24, 2013 / 05:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A deadly terrorist attack at a shopping mall in the capital of Kenya has drawn prayers and condolences from across the country and around the world.Auxiliary Bishop David Kamau of Nairobi, speaking for the Kenyan bishops’ conference, condemned “the unwarranted attacks on the helpless people and residents of Kenya.”“As a nation we share in the trauma of our brothers and sisters who have lost their close … [Read more...]

New Catholic Voices head eager to help share Church’s message

Washington D.C., Sep 24, 2013 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The new head of a Catholic communications training group says he hopes to help the faithful present the complex truths of the Gospel in understandable ways amid a sometimes hostile modern world.“I'm very excited to begin my work at Catholic Voices USA,” said Scot Landry, new executive director of the organization.“Catholic Voices offers communication tools and approaches that allow lay people to confidently … [Read more...]

Recent Vatican appointments dominated by diplomats, say observers

Vatican City, Sep 24, 2013 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- According to Vatican observers, a Pope Francis “revolution” in the Roman Curia began Sept. 21, when a series of appointments and confirmations at the curia's top ranks changed the face of the Pope’s collaboration team.Pope Francis on Saturday confirmed the heads of the Congregations for the Doctrine of the Faith and for the Evangelization of Peoples. In addition, he appointed Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, until now … [Read more...]

Newark archdiocese receives Bishop Hebda as coadjutor

Newark, N.J., Sep 24, 2013 / 10:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis today appointed Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda, who had been serving as Bishop of Gaylord, in northern Michigan, as Coadjutor Archbishop of Newark. As coadjutor, Archbishop Hebda “possesses the right of succession” in the Archdiocese of Newark, according to canon law. This means he will be automatically appointed Archbishop of Newark upon the retirement of the incumbent, Archbishop John J. Myers, who is now … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: sacrament of the Eucharist is not a ‘magic rite’

Vatican City, Sep 24, 2013 / 08:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily homily, Pope Francis gave special emphasis to the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, saying that it is not magical act, but an encounter with the living God. Pope Francis delivered his Sept. 24 homily to those who gathered in the Vatican’s guest house, Santa Marta, for a private liturgy. The Holy Father drew his reflections from the morning’s reading from the passage in psalms, “We will go with joy to … [Read more...]

Holy Childhood Society celebrates 25 years in Colombo

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sep 24, 2013 / 04:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group which aims to foster a missionary spirit among children celebrated the 25th anniversary of its establishment in the Archdiocese of Colombo, Sri Lanka, with a Mass said Sept. 7.The Mass was held at St. Joseph's College, a primary and secondary school located in the Sri Lankan capital.“It’s an important event that coincides with the Year of Faith, which impresses upon us the importance of rediscovering our … [Read more...]

Prejudice towards migrants and refugees must end, Pope stresses

Vatican City, Sep 24, 2013 / 03:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In honor of the upcoming World Migration Day, Pope Francis said that the improvement of society demands the end of common prejudices against migrants and refugees. “In considering the situation of migrants and refugees, I would point to yet another element in building a better world, namely, the elimination of prejudices and presuppositions in the approach to migration.” The message of Pope Francis was read aloud during a … [Read more...]