Journalist who broke news of resignation recalls her ‘panic’

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2014 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican journalist Giovanna Chirri remembers her shock at Benedict XVI's resignation last year, and how she broke the news before he finished his announcement because she could understand Latin. “He said it in Latin and I was panicking. I was short of breath, my legs were trembling. I was sitting and my legs trembled like this…it was a very violent reaction. It was a reaction to shock,” Chirri told CNA in a Feb. 10 … [Read more...]

Bishops encourage tenderness, policy changes for mentally ill

New York City, N.Y., Feb 11, 2014 / 11:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic bishops of New York State have released a pastoral document on mental illness, urging Christians to show compassion for the mentally ill and to support sufficient programs for their care. “The suffering endured by mentally ill persons is a most difficult cross to bear, as is the sense of powerlessness felt by their families and loved ones,” the Feb. 4 document said. “As the Psalmist called on God … [Read more...]

Vatican Secretariat of State to undergo ‘pastoral conversion’

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2014 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State at the Vatican, said in a recent interview that under Pope Francis’ reform, his department will undertake the Pope’s call for pastoral conversion. “The Secretariat of State … must assume a cordial and complete availability to the pastoral conversion proposed by Pope Francis,” Archbishop Parolin told Stefania Falasca of Avvenire, the daily of the Italian … [Read more...]

New York welcomes new bishops for Albany, Rockville dioceses

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2014 / 07:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced earlier this morning that Msgr. Edward B. Scharfenberger will take the helm as the new Bishop of Albany, NY, with Msgr. Andrzej Jerzy Zglejszewski stepping up as auxiliary of Rockville Centre. “How grateful I am to His Holiness Pope Francis for the awesome privilege to serve as pastor of all the wonderful people in the Diocese of Albany,” Bishop-elect Scharfenberger stated in the Feb. 11 press release … [Read more...]

Courage head sees Christ in Pope’s ‘non-judgment’ remarks

Rome, Italy, Feb 11, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As many look for signs of change in Pope Francis' comments on people with same-sex attraction, the leader of a ministry for those with homosexual inclinations instead believes the Pope's words hearken back to Christ himself. “I don't think there's any reason to believe that anything our Holy Father is saying now is inconsistent with 2000 years of Church teaching, so I would hope people could be at peace and at rest … [Read more...]

Pope Francis launches tweet to pray for Benedict XVI

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2014 / 03:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the one year anniversary of Benedict XVI’s announcement of his decision to resign from the Petrine ministry, Pope Francis has sent a tweet, asking the world to join him in prayer for the retired pontiff. “Today I invite you to pray together with me for His Holiness Benedict XVI, a man of great courage and humility,” the Pope’s Feb. 11 tweet read. Exactly one year ago, retired Pope Benedict XVI shocked the … [Read more...]

Cardinal O’Malley: UN report showed ideological influence

Boston, Mass., Feb 11, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A United Nations commission report on the Vatican’s response to abuse of children was not “fair or particularly helpful,” but took an “ideological” approach, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has said. In a Feb. 7 post on his blog, Cardinal O’Malley said that he was “surprised” to read accounts of the recent report on the Holy See issued by the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the … [Read more...]