Seminarians recount joy of serving papal Mass for new cardinals

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2014 / 03:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two young men from England studying for the priesthood in Rome consider themselves blessed to have served at Sunday’s papal Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Recalling his experience, seminarian David Irwin of the Diocese of Shrewsbury, England, said it was “a huge privilege being able to serve Mass with the Holy Father.” “I think particularly as well, as it being the Mass with our new cardinal in England, … [Read more...]

Jesus is not a ‘magician,’ says Pope

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2014 / 10:08 am (CNA).- Pope Francis’ Monday morning homily reflected on Jesus’ miracles of healing, which always include a lasting encounter with the person who is healed. “These acts of Jesus make us think. When He heals, when He goes among the crowds and heals a person, He never leaves that person alone. He is not a magician, a wizard, a healer, who goes and cures and continues on his way,” explained the Pope on Feb. 24 to the congregation of … [Read more...]

Cardinal Pell to head new Vatican office for economic oversight

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2014 / 08:41 am (CNA).- Today Pope Francis announced the establishment of a new entity for oversight of Vatican economic and administrative affairs, headed by Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia. According to Feb. 24 statement issued by the Holy See’s press office, the new Secretariat for the Economy “will have authority over all economic and administrative activities within the Holy See and the Vatican City State.” Cardinal Pell has been … [Read more...]

Cardinal Ouedraogo, the advocate of Burkina Faso’s poor

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Feb 24, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Philippe Ouedraogo, the newly-created cardinal from west Africa’s Burkina Faso, is known for his backing for the inclusion of the poorest of the poor in the distribution of economic goods. Cardinal Ouedraogo was born in Konean in 1945, and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Kaya in 1973. He later obtained a doctorate in canon law, serving in parishes and as a seminary rector. He was consecrated Bishop of … [Read more...]


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