Bishops of Mexico to celebrate Christmas Mass in prisons

Mexico City, Mexico, Dec 18, 2013 / 04:17 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City will inaugurate a series of Masses on Dec.18 that will be celebrated during the Christmas season in various prisons in the Mexican capital. The Apostolic Nuncio to Mexico, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, will help celebrate some of the Masses, along with six auxiliary bishops of Mexico City. According to the Archdiocese of Mexico City’s News Service, Cardinal Rivera has been celebrating … [Read more...]

Pope urges Curial officials to hear confessions at local parish

Vatican City, Dec 18, 2013 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has strongly encouraged the bishops and cardinals of the Roman Curia to spend time hearing confessions weekly at a local parish, according to a priest of the church in question, Santo Spirito in Sassia. The announcement was made at the end of evening Mass on Dec. 15 by Fr. Jozef Bart, a parish priest at Santo Spirito in Sassia, and was reported by “Inside the Vatican.” Fr. Bart announced that the initiative … [Read more...]

Pope Francis sends Christmas presents to 2,000 poor immigrants

Rome, Italy, Dec 18, 2013 / 11:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two thousand immigrants at a shelter near the Vatican received simple Christmas presents from Pope Francis on the evening of Dec. 14. “The guests were very happy,” said Sister Michelle, the superior of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Rome. Each practical gift package consisted of a small envelope containing a Christmas card signed by Pope Francis, postal stamps, a pre-paid international calling card, and a … [Read more...]

Bishop Deeley appointed head of Maine’s Portland diocese

Portland, Maine, Dec 18, 2013 / 10:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis today appointed Bishop Robert Deeley, who has been an auxiliary bishop of Boston for the past year, as bishop of the Diocese of Portland, which serves the state of Maine. “As I prepare to serve the faithful of the Diocese of Portland as their new bishop and shepherd, I wish to offer my gratitude first to our Holy Father Pope Francis for entrusting me with this honor and responsibility and to Cardinal Seán … [Read more...]

Pope: A Christian refusing to serve others is a ‘pagan’

Vatican City, Dec 18, 2013 / 04:41 am (CNA).- In his Wednesday general audience this morning, Pope Francis stressed the importance of humility and service in the Christian life. “It is an ugly thing when one sees a Christian who does not want to lower himself, who does not want to serve, a Christian who parades around everywhere. It’s terrible, no? That person isn’t a Christian: he is a pagan! The Christian serves (and) lowers himself,” said the Pope on Dec. 18 in St. … [Read more...]

Minn. auxiliary bishop looks forward to sharing Christ’s light

St. Paul, Minn., Dec 18, 2013 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Andrew Cozzens, who was consecrated an auxiliary bishop of the Saint Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese Dec. 9, is excited that his new ministry will facilitate the spread of Christ's love. “Being with people. Sharing the love of Jesus with people. Helping people experience the love of Jesus, teaching them to pray, teaching them about the beauty of God's love,” Bishop Cozzens told CNA in a Dec. 12 interview, … [Read more...]

Respond to divorced Catholics with love, theologians urge

Rome, Italy, Dec 18, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church must reach out to Catholics who are divorced and remarried to let them know they are welcome even if they cannot receive the sacraments, several theologians have noted. Sean Innerst, theology department chair at Denver's St. John Vianney Seminary, said he hopes to see “interesting and creative responses” to help those who are divorced or divorced and remarried and believe themselves to be outside of the … [Read more...]