Archbishop Wenski exhorts new Florida bishop to give hope

Tallahassee, Fla., Jun 7, 2012 / 12:04 am (CNA).- As Bishop Gregory L. Parkes was ordained a bishop and installed as head of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee on June 5, he was encouraged to give hope to those who lack it. Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami was the principal consecrator at the ordination Mass, which was held in Pensacola’s St. Paul Catholic Church. He proposed to Bishop Parkes a “road map” for his ministry. “You are asked to preach the Gospel … [Read more...]

Cardinal Bertone speaks of ‘ferocious’ Vatileaks attack on Pope

Rome, Italy, Jun 6, 2012 / 06:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, believes the continued leaking of confidential papal information to the media is “ferocious, biting and organized.” "Attacks have always existed, in all times” he told Italian television station RAI on June 4. “This time, however, it seems that the attacks are more targeted, sometimes also ferocious, biting and organized.” This is the … [Read more...]

Former Colombian hostages thank Pope for his prayers

Bogotá, Colombia, Jun 6, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- A group of eight Colombians who were kidnapped for over ten years by the country's Marxist rebel group told Pope Benedict that his prayers sustained them during their captivity. The group of police officers and soldiers attended Pope Benedict XVI’s general audience on June 6. According to Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano, the former hostages came dressed in their police and military uniforms and thanked the Pope for his … [Read more...]

Pope sends jubilee congratulations to Queen Elizabeth

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2012 / 03:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has written to Queen Elizabeth to congratulate her on “the happy occasion” of her Diamond Jubilee as monarch of United Kingdom. “During the past sixty years you have offered to your subjects and to the whole world an inspiring example of dedication to duty and a commitment to maintaining the principles of freedom, justice and democracy, in keeping with a noble vision of the role of a Christian … [Read more...]

Poverty in Spain comparable to post-war Europe, charity reports

Madrid, Spain, Jun 6, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- Julio Beamonte, the director of Catholic charity Caritas in Madrid, warned that current poverty levels in Spain are rivaling those experienced in post-World War II Europe. At June 5 press conference on the work of Caritas during 2011, Beamonte said Spain is going through an economic situation similar to what it went through “60 years ago.”  The crisis is the worst the country has faced in over 40 years, he said. Beamonte noted … [Read more...]

Pope recalls the ‘inspiring witness’ of Milan family gathering

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2012 / 11:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says he saw an “inspiring witness” during his three-day apostolic visit to the June 1-3 World Meeting of Families in Milan. “This joyful international gathering was an inspiring witness to the rich and varied identity of the family as a communion of love based on marriage, a sanctuary of life, a domestic church and the primary cell of society,” he told pilgrims at his weekly general audience in St. … [Read more...]

Pope to attend World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pa., Jun 6, 2012 / 09:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI personally chose Philadelphia as the site for the next World Meeting of Families and, health permitting, will attend the 2015 event, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said.The archbishop discussed the Pope’s possible visit at an afternoon press conference in Philadelphia on June 5.“He said he hoped to be there, but he reminded me he’s 85 years old and he’d be 88 at that time, and God willing he will be … [Read more...]