World Youth Day cross, Mary icon arrive in Uruguay

Montevideo, Uruguay, Dec 7, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The two symbols of World Youth Day, the pilgrim cross and the icon of the Virgin Mary, will tour the country of Uruguay Dec. 8-13 as part of preparations for the event in Rio de Janeiro next summer. The tour with the two symbols will begin in the capital city of Montevideo and continue in the city of Minas, and then Mercedes, San Jose and finally in Salto, where the cross and the icon will be handed over to Argentina's young … [Read more...]

Pope taps secretary to head papal household, after Vatileaks

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2012 / 09:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI named his private secretary as the new head of the papal household, an important post because it carries the responsibility of coordinating the pontiff’s schedule and deciding who is able to meet with him.Monsignor Georg Gänswein was appointed as the new leader of the papal household on Dec. 7, after the American Cardinal James M. Harvey had served in the position for nearly 15 years.As part of … [Read more...]

Criticisms of Bishop Finn described as misleading, dishonest

Kansas City, Mo., Dec 7, 2012 / 04:08 am (CNA).- Calls for the resignation of Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph that have gained media attention are exaggerated and do not depict the real situation in the diocese, according to local Catholics.Jack Smith, interim director of communications for the diocese, told CNA that a Dec. 2 article by the New York Times was “inaccurate” in suggesting a widespread lack of support for the bishop.The New York Times said that it … [Read more...]

Catholic agencies work to help Philippines typhoon victims

Manila, Philippines, Dec 7, 2012 / 02:00 am (CNA).- Catholic relief agencies are working to help the victims of Typhoon Bopha, the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year.Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu said the Philippines bishops’ conference has mobilized social action centers in the 86 dioceses in the country, according to CBCP News.“Our hearts bleed for the victims of the typhoon,” he said Dec. 6. “Our charity should reach out to those who are in … [Read more...]

Bishops building movement for life, marriage and religious freedom

Washington D.C., Dec 7, 2012 / 12:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops have announced a five-part pastoral strategy that is aimed at creating a movement dedicated to penance and prayer for a renewed culture of life, marriage and religious freedom.“It's not meant to be another program but rather part of a movement for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty, which engages the New Evangelization and can be incorporated into the Year of Faith,” said Archbishop Salvatore J. … [Read more...]

Vatican hopes ‘Scrinium’ trips will spread pilgrimage to young

Rome, Italy, Dec 6, 2012 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is introducing a set of short trips to holy sites aimed at introducing young people to the concept of pilgrimage and teaching them about the Catholic faith."This is a way to reach a different public like younger people, who wouldn’t normally contact Rome’s pilgrim office," said Rosamaria Mancini, manager of the Vatican’s Jospers community, an organization for pilgrims created by the Rome's … [Read more...]

Notre Dame’s creation of ‘GLBTQ’ student organization draws concern

South Bend, Ind., Dec 6, 2012 / 03:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The University of Notre Dame has established a “GLBTQ” student organization that one critic says is “astonishingly extensive” and provides a potential venue for homosexual activists to undermine Catholic teaching.William Dempsey, President of the Sycamore Trust, said the university previously opposed a gay student organization because it was “incompatible with its Catholic identity.”“Few … [Read more...]