New Coptic Catholic leader receives Pope’s approval

Vatican City, Jan 18, 2013 / 03:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI approved Bishop Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak as the new Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts in Egypt, granting him "ecclesiastical communion.''The former Bishop of Minya was elected during a Synod of Bishops of the Coptic Catholic Church in Cairo, which lasted from Jan. 12 to16. As part of the election, his rank was raised to archbishop.The 57-year-old will replace Cardinal Antonio Naguib, aged 77, who resigned … [Read more...]

Cardinal: If Lefebvre had seen proper Mass, he may not have split

Rome, Italy, Jan 18, 2013 / 01:09 pm (CNA).- According to a Spanish cardinal, the superior general of the Society of St. Pius X once said that if the group's leader had seen the Mass celebrated properly, he may not have broken off from the Church. Cardinal Antonio Canizares, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, made this statement on Jan. 15 in response to questions from reporters after he delivered an address on Vatican II at the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See. “On … [Read more...]

New journalism program launched amid Pope’s Twitter success

Rome, Italy, Jan 18, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A pontifical university in Rome is launching a new digital journalism program on Feb. 14 as widespread response to Pope Benedict's Twitter account continues. “This course puts our university at the forefront of studies in this field and confirms the Church's desire to be present with the greatest commitment in this area,” said Bishop Enrico dal Covolo, rector of the Pontifical Lateran University. The new … [Read more...]

Christ’s beauty overcomes evil, archbishop says at Aurora theater

Aurora, Colo., Jan 18, 2013 / 10:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the reopening of the Aurora theater where a gunman took 12 lives last July, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver said the darkness of evil cannot overcome the light and beauty of Christ. “Seeing the beautiful helps put behind you the darkness, the evil, the horror of what occurred here. Opening yourself up to beauty, to receiving beauty, is a way of really pushing out that darkness that can be there,” he told CNA shortly … [Read more...]

Possible Vatican ambassador picks draw concern

Washington D.C., Jan 18, 2013 / 04:05 am (CNA).- Amid speculation over the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, concerns have been raised about the possibility of appointing individuals known for criticizing the views of the bishops.“From the steps Obama has taken in the last year, it would seem that he is trying to diminish Church influence,” a Vatican official told CNA. The official, who requested anonymity, pointed to the administration's contraception mandate as an … [Read more...]

Denver Catholics prayerfully mark 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Denver, Colo., Jan 18, 2013 / 02:11 am (CNA).- Archbishop Samuel Aquila of the Denver archdiocese will lead local Catholics in remembering the 40th anniversary of legalized abortion throughout America with a Respect Life Mass this Sunday.The Mass will be said at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception at 10:30 the morning of Jan. 20.Following the Mass, many will participate in the March for Life Denver, beginning with speakers at 12:30 at the state capitol. The march will … [Read more...]

Colo. civil unions bill could endanger Catholic child services

Denver, Colo., Jan 18, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- A new version of a proposed Colorado civil unions bill has dropped provisions that protect agencies from being forced to place children with same-sex and unmarried opposite-sex couples – a change that could put at risk Catholic Charities' adoption and foster care services in the state. Jennifer Kraska, executive director of the Colorado Catholic Conference, told CNA Jan. 16 that there have been “significant” changes to the … [Read more...]