Pope Francis names new archbishop of Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba, Apr 26, 2016 / 02:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See announced Tuesday that Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Juan de la Caridad García Rodríguez of Camagüey to head the Archdiocese of Havana, Cuba. He will be replacing retiring Cardinal Jaime Ortega Almino.The Archdiocese of Havana expressed in a statement their gratitude for the appointment and announced that the date of the archbishop's possession of his new see will be announced in due … [Read more...]

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Vatican: suspended audit not intended to block curial reform

Vatican City, Apr 26, 2016 / 07:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican clarified Tuesday that the recent suspension of an external audit of Vatican finances by Pricewaterhouse Cooper is due to problems surrounding specific clauses in their contract, and is not meant to hinder the ongoing reform of the Curia.“The suspension of auditing activities is not due to considerations linked to the integrity or quality of the work initiated by PwC, let alone the intention of one or more entities of … [Read more...]

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A chat with the Philly priest who earned a Bronze Star in Afghanistan

Philadelphia, Pa., Apr 26, 2016 / 06:40 am (CNA).- After Mass at a typical parish, it’s fellowship over coffee and donuts. But for troops stationed in Afghanistan, after Mass it’s cigars smoked down to the nub.Father Stephen McDermott, a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and a U.S. Army chaplain who recently was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Afghanistan, just completed a year-long tour of duty in the country. He recalls how after the Sunday evening Mass, … [Read more...]

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Bishop Edward Rice ‘humbled’ to be new head of Springfield-Cape diocese

Vatican City, Apr 26, 2016 / 05:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Tuesday the Vatican announced that Bishop Edward M. Rice of St. Louis has been tapped by Pope Francis to take charge of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese.It is an appointment that moved Bishop Rice, who said in an April 26 press release that “I am humbled by the confidence of the Holy Father and I am grateful for his support in appointing me the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.”He extended … [Read more...]

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Could reconciliation with the SSPX arrive with ease?

Vatican City, Apr 26, 2016 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis may soon offer the Society of Saint Pius X regular canonical status within the Church, without requiring the acceptance of certain texts of the Second Vatican Council with which they disagree.It also appears the SSPX may itself be poised to take such a historic step, urging that "perhaps only Pope Francis is able to take this step, given his unpredictability and improvisation", according to an internal SSPX document … [Read more...]

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This counseling student says he was expelled for his Christian beliefs

Springfield, Mo., Apr 25, 2016 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A former counseling student says that he was pushed out of a university after saying that he would refer same-sex couples to another counselor, due to his Christian beliefs.“Traditionally, universities have been places for free exchange of ideas and values, both religious and secular,” Thomas Olp, executive director and attorney for the Thomas More Society, said April 21.“Unfortunately, Missouri State University … [Read more...]

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Suspended audit reveals power struggle at the Vatican

Vatican City, Apr 25, 2016 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The recent suspension of an audit of Vatican finances by a major accounting firm shed light on a lively debate within the Sacred Walls about the balance of power between the Secretariat of State and the Secretariat for the Economy.The debate is, in fact, a result of the Curia reform begun by Pope Francis.The international auditing firm Pricewaterhouse Cooper (PwC) was hired Dec. 5 by the Secretariat for the Economy to audit the … [Read more...]

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