Pope taps Cordileone’s auxiliary to head San Diego diocese

Rome, Italy, Mar 3, 2015 / 05:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced Tuesday that Pope Francis has appointed San Francisco’s native auxiliary bishop, Robert W. McElroy, as the new head of the diocese of San Diego. McElroy will succeed Bishop Cirilo Flores, who passed away from cancer in September just one year after assuming the position. Born in San Francisco in 1954, Bishop McElroy, 61, grew up in San Mateo County and resided with his family in Our Lady of Mercy Parish in … [Read more...]

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Indian diocese joins with Pope Francis in praying for persecuted Christians

Miao, India, Mar 3, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A remote diocese under the shadow of the Himalayas joined hands with Pope Francis' prayer for persecuted Christians in the Middle East on Sunday through a special candlelight prayer service. In the wake of the rising persecution against Christians all over the world and especially the dramatic violence targeted towards Christians population in Syria and Iraq, Pope Francis called on all the faithful to offer prayers during his Sunday … [Read more...]

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Karachi Church urges faithful to consider God’s plans during Lent – not their own

Karachi, Pakistan, Mar 3, 2015 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Karachi, based in Pakistan's largest city, held a Lenten seminar last month to help the faithful there revitalize their faith life and to meaningfully prepare for Easter. “The participants were invited much more intensely to recognize the great mercy of God and the great love of God; to consider God’s plans for them, rather than focus on what they could do during the 40 days of Lent,” Fr. … [Read more...]

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Father Hesburgh, legacy-building Notre Dame president, dies at 97

South Bend, Ind., Mar 3, 2015 / 12:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The University of Notre Dame mourned the death of its former president Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., prompting outpourings of appreciation and remembrance for his deeply influential and sometimes controversial legacy. “Although saddened by his loss, I cherish the memory of a mentor, friend and brother in Holy Cross and am consoled that he is now at peace with the God he served so well,” the university’s current … [Read more...]

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New statutes for economic reform are in effect at the Vatican

Vatican City, Mar 2, 2015 / 09:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Statutes of the Vatican Council for Economy, Secretariat for the Economy, and General Auditor went into effect March 1, having been signed Feb. 22 by Msgr. Bryan Wells, assessor of the Secretariat of State. The text of the statutes have not been released by the Holy See Press Office, but can be seen in the Vatican's Courtyard of San Damaso, where they are displayed. The statutes of the Secretariat for the Economy stressed over … [Read more...]

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The solution to North African violence – dialogue and encounter, Pope says

Vatican City, Mar 2, 2015 / 05:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Monday encouraged the bishops from northern Africa to dialogue with and encounter other groups, fostering hope for good relations between Muslims and Christians in the region. “Interreligious dialogue is an important part of the life of your Churches,” Pope Francis said March 2, addressing the bishops of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya during their ad limina visit to Rome. “The most effective … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis explains why judging yourself is a Christian virtue

Vatican City, Mar 2, 2015 / 11:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The capacity of all men to commit the most despicable of sins should inspire the self-awareness necessary to accept God's mercy and move forward in the Christian life, Pope Francis said. “We are all sinners,” the pontiff said in his Lenten homily at the Santa Marta residence chapel Mar. 2. He added that it is “a Christian virtue” to be able to judge oneself, according to Vatican Radio's translation. The … [Read more...]

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