Pope Francis declares sainthood of early Jesuit, Peter Faber

Vatican City, Dec 17, 2013 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis recognized the sainthood of early Jesuit Peter Faber on Dec. 17 after holding a private audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The decision, “enrolling in the catalogue of Saints” one of the co-founders of the Society of Jesus, was announced through the Holy See press office. The announcement said the Pope had “extended to the Universal Church the … [Read more...]

Green Bay priest appointed bishop of Marquette, Mich.

Marquette, Mich., Dec 17, 2013 / 12:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has named Father John F. Doerfler of the Diocese of Green Bay as the next bishop of Marquette, Mich. Bishop-designate Doerfler, who has cross-country skied in the area before, said he was first attracted to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula by “its natural beauty.” “I now have the opportunity to experience the beauty of the people of faith in this diocese,” he said Dec. 17. Bishop David L. … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ 77th birthday marked with simple celebration

Vatican City, Dec 17, 2013 / 08:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- December 17 is the 77th birthday of Pope Francis, who wanted to celebrate the day in the familial setting of his St. Martha residence. The Pope asked that those who live and work at the residence join him for the daily 7 a.m. mass there. Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, concelebrated mass with the Pontiff on behalf of the entire College. During the homily he preached on today’s gospel reading containing … [Read more...]

Holiness means ‘letting God write our history,’ preaches Pope

Vatican City, Dec 17, 2013 / 05:52 am (CNA).- Pope Francis’ daily homily focused on the importance of allowing God to be active and present in our daily lives. “This is holiness: to let God write our history. And this is a Christmas wish for every one of us, that the Lord writes your history and that you let him write it.  May it be so!” he preached on Dec. 17 in the chapel of the Saint Martha guesthouse. God’s joy “was to live his life with us,” … [Read more...]

Release abducted nuns, Orthodox bishop urges Syrian rebels

Homs, Syria, Dec 17, 2013 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Orthodox bishop in Syria has called for the release of 12 nuns kidnapped by Islamist rebels, saying they “have done no harm to anyone.” “We’ve now reached the point where even nuns are being abducted. What have they done wrong? It’s a crime. The abductors want to demonstrate that they show no mercy,” Bishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama, told Aid to the … [Read more...]

Minn. archbishop grieves, issues apology over clergy sex abuse

Minneapolis, Minn., Dec 17, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop John Nienstedt has apologized for sex abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Minneapolis, urging Catholics to be hopeful that continued progress will be made in preventing the crimes. “The negative news reports about past incidents of clerical sexual abuse in this local Church have rightly been met with shame, embarrassment and outrage that such heinous acts could be perpetrated by men who had taken priestly vows as … [Read more...]

Vatican secretary of state encourages diplomats to work for human dignity

Vatican City, Dec 17, 2013 / 12:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first meeting with the ambassadors accredited to the Holy See, Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin emphasized their role in working together towards peace and the good of man. His Dec. 13 address came a day after Pope Francis encouraged the 17 newly appointed ambassadors to collaborate for an end to human trafficking. “In a time in which many parts of the world are faced with numerous forms of violence … [Read more...]