Salesians’ new leader worked with Bergoglio in Argentina

Rome, Italy, Mar 29, 2014 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Angel Fernandez Artime, a Spaniard who most recently served as provincial in southern Argentina, was elected rector major of the Salesians of St. John Bosco March 25. “I abandon myself to the Lord,” Fr. Fernandez said upon his election. “We ask Don Bosco and Mary Help of Christians to accompany us and to accompany me, with my brother Salesians and with the Congregation, and I accept with faith.” Fr. … [Read more...]

Vatican hosts day of study on family and creation

Vatican City, Mar 29, 2014 / 02:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday the Pontifical Council for the Family sponsored a day of reflection on the family as the custodian of the created world. “We wanted to promote a day of reflection with the organization Greenaccord, on the theme ‘Family, Safeguard the Creation!’,” Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, told CNA March 29. “In this time in the Church there is much … [Read more...]

Witness to Christ, Pope urges blind and deaf

Vatican City, Mar 29, 2014 / 10:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis held an audience with the blind and deaf on Saturday, encouraging them to become witnesses of Christ and to build a culture of encounter rather than exclusion. “We think of the many whom Jesus wanted to meet, above all people marked by illness and disability, to heal them and to restore their full dignity to them. It is very important that such persons become witnesses of a new approach, that we could call a … [Read more...]

Scholar recounts black Catholics’ rich history

Baltimore, Md., Mar 29, 2014 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Black Catholics across the globe have dedicated their talents and their lives to their faith since earliest days of the Church, a Catholic author and scholar has said. “Black Catholicism is not something new. From the very first century, people of color have been involved in the universal Church,” Dr. Camille Brown, author of the 2008 book “African Saints, African Stories,” told CNA. “They have embraced … [Read more...]