Pope names Alice von Hildebrand to prestigious order

New York City, N.Y., Nov 6, 2013 / 04:48 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis has declared Catholic philosopher, author, and teacher Alice von Hildebrand a Dame Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory in recognition of her work. Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, formally invested her in the chivalric order Oct. 30 at a gala dinner in New York celebrating her 90th birthday. Cardinal Burke said that Pope Francis conferred the honor to recognize her “outstanding … [Read more...]

Pope Francis embraces man with tumorous disease

Vatican City, Nov 6, 2013 / 02:30 pm (CNA).- At the end of the Nov. 6 general audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis drew attention by warmly embracing a man who suffers from a rare disease causing neuronal tumors all over his body. The man was identified as suffering from neurofibromatosis, which causes great pain and can result in impaired vision, learning impairnment, and even cancer, according to non-profit research group Mayo Clinic. Treatment of the condition is very … [Read more...]

Bishop Salvatore Matano appointed to Rochester diocese

Rochester, N.Y., Nov 6, 2013 / 11:02 am (CNA/Europa Press).- Pope Francis today appointed Bishop Salvatore Matano, who had led the Diocese of Burlington since 2005, as Bishop of Rochester, succeeding Bishop Matthew Clark. “My first priority will be to bring people back to Mass,” Bishop Matano said Nov. 6 at a press conference announcing his appointment, adding that “my strategic plan is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” “If you are not practicing the faith, please … [Read more...]

Bishop Salvatore Matano appointed to Rochester diocese

Rochester, N.Y., Nov 6, 2013 / 11:02 am (CNA/Europa Press).- Pope Francis today appointed Bishop Salvatore Matano, who had led the Diocese of Burlington since 2005, as Bishop of Rochester, succeeding Bishop Matthew Clark. “My first priority will be to bring people back to Mass,” Bishop Matano said Nov. 6 at a press conference announcing his appointment, adding that “my strategic plan is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” “If you are not practicing the faith, please … [Read more...]

Bishop Salvatore Matano appointed to Rochester diocese

Rochester, N.Y., Nov 6, 2013 / 11:02 am (CNA/Europa Press).- Pope Francis today appointed Bishop Salvatore Matano, who had led the Diocese of Burlington since 2005, as Bishop of Rochester, succeeding Bishop Matthew Clark. “My first priority will be to bring people back to Mass,” Bishop Matano said Nov. 6 at a press conference announcing his appointment, adding that “my strategic plan is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” “If you are not practicing the faith, please … [Read more...]

New book aims to re-kindle biblical meditation

Vatican City, Nov 6, 2013 / 09:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The American Bible Society has released a new study guide on how to pray Lectio Divina with the hope that the manual’s readers will obtain a deeper appreciation for the Word of God. “It has made me appreciate the Bible much more first of all. I think that for me it's a way of anchoring my prayer in the word of God that is transmitted to us through the Bible,” Fr. Stephan Pisano told CNA in an Oct. 30 interview. Fr. … [Read more...]

CDF bars participation in events assuming truth of Medjugorje

Washington D.C., Nov 6, 2013 / 09:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the direction of the Vatican's head for doctrine, the apostolic nuncio to the U.S. has written a letter stating that Catholics “are not permitted” to participate in meetings which take for granted that the supposed Marian apparitions in Medjugorje are credible. “The Congregation (for the Doctrine of the Faith) has affirmed that, with regard to the credibility of the 'apparitions' in question, all should … [Read more...]

Charity is the ‘greatest richness’ of Church, says Pope

Vatican City, Nov 6, 2013 / 05:58 am (CNA).- During his general audience today, Pope Francis reflected on the importance of participating in the Church’s spiritual goods in order to grow closer to God as a community in charity. “Charity is the greatest richness of the Church. Living Communion in charity means not looking for one’s own interest, but rather to be capable of sharing the joys and sufferings of brethren; to be capable of carrying one another’s … [Read more...]

Vietnamese youth pledge to journey alongside Christ

Nona Bua Lamphu, Thailand, Nov 6, 2013 / 04:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A large group of Vietnamese Catholic youth living in Thailand recently participated in a faith encounter pilgrimage camp there, renewing their commitment to Christ. “The purpose of this encounter camp is to provide opportunities of empowering them with spiritual support in their faith while being away from the Catholic environment that they have been accustomed to in their home country, Vietnam,” Fr. Anthony Le … [Read more...]

Ten prelates nominated for US bishops’ conference president

Washington D.C., Nov 6, 2013 / 02:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ten bishops are nominees to become the next president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at the group's general assembly to be held in Baltimore Nov. 11-14. The nominees come from a wide variety of backgrounds. The conference president plays a significant role in coordinating and leading charitable and social work and education, while providing a public face for the Catholic Church in the U.S. Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond … [Read more...]