Jesuit rector in Rome grateful for Pope’s ‘Ignatian heritage’

Vatican City, Jan 14, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA).- Pope Francis' Jesuit formation is a blessing for the whole Church, says one Society of Jesus priest who recently concelebrated mass with the pontiff. “I'd like to thank him for his closeness that he expresses not just by visiting us, by celebrating with us, but also by showing that (the) Ignatian heritage that he has can enrich the entire Church. We are grateful for this,” Fr. Janez Poljanek, S.J., told CNA on Jan. 13. Fr. … [Read more...]

Cardinal stresses accountability amid past clergy reports

Chicago, Ill., Jan 13, 2014 / 07:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has sent a letter to the faithful of his archdiocese ahead of the release of documents about past clergy sexual misconduct, reaffirming that no known sex abusers are in active ministry. “So far as can be known from all our records, there is no priest in public ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago who has been found to have sexually abused a child, no matter when the abuse took … [Read more...]

Federal abortion funding harms women, experts tell Congress

Washington D.C., Jan 13, 2014 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A proposed law blocking federal funding of abortion would be a big step towards “women's health” and a true “women's agenda,” experts told members of Congress at a recent hearing. “It's time once and for all to settle the matter of abortion funding across federal legislation and move on to a real women's agenda,” said Helen Alvare, law professor at George Mason University. Alvare … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to cardinals: new roles are not a ‘promotion’

Vatican City, Jan 13, 2014 / 03:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter addressed to the 19 men who will be made cardinals during a February consistory, Pope Francis said that the role of a cardinal is not a “decoration,” but rather a “service” to the Church. In his Jan. 13 letter to the cardinal-elects, the Pope extended his greetings to his brother bishops, guaranteeing them of his “closeness and prayer.” “It is my hope,” he stated, “that … [Read more...]

At 98, previous secretary of John XXIII among new cardinals

Vatican City, Jan 13, 2014 / 12:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Loris Francesco Capovilla, among the 19 new cardinals appointed by Pope Francis, is not only one of the longest-serving archbishops in the world but was John XXIII's secretary for the entirety of his pontificate. Pope Francis made a surprise announcement during his Sunday Angelus on Jan. 12, giving the names of those who will be created cardinals next month. He emphasized that those chosen hail “from 12 countries from every … [Read more...]

Argentine bishop offers prayers for lightning strike victims

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jan 13, 2014 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Antonio Marino of Mar de Plata in Argentina has offered prayers for those killed or injured by a recent lightning strike at a beach club in the town of Villa Gesell in the province of Buenos Aires. The lightning strike occurred Jan. 9 during a thunderstorm, killing four people and injuring more than 20. Witnesses said the damage could have been worse had beachgoers not taken shelter from the heavy downpour. Bishop … [Read more...]

New cardinals highlight Global South, pastoral experience

Vatican City, Jan 13, 2014 / 11:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The 19 men chosen to be named cardinals in February stress Pope Francis' attention on the peripheries of the Church, and that appointment to a major diocese no longer automatically comes with a “red hat.” The 19 will be elevated to cardinal at a consistory held Feb. 22; three will be over the age of 80, and thus ineligible to vote in the election of the next Pope. Of the 16 voting cardinals, nine come from South … [Read more...]


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