Vatican’s prosecutor appointed as bishop for Malta

Vatican City, Oct 8, 2012 / 01:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict named Monsignor Charles J. Scicluna, the Vatican official in charge of prosecuting clergy abuse cases, as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Malta on Oct. 6.“I’m eager to be with my people and be a bishop for them – which means giving your life for them,” the bishop-designate told Malta's Sunday Times.He will be ordained a bishop on Nov. 24, and will assist Archbishop Paul Cremona as a … [Read more...]

Italy’s oldest Capuchin friar reflects on following St. Francis

Rome, Italy, Oct 8, 2012 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Catholics around the world celebrated the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct.4, the oldest Capuchin friar in Italy said his life as a follower of the 13th century saint “has been a blessing.” Father Giulio Criminesi, 74, entered the minor seminary at the age of 12. In 1957 he began his novitiate at the very first monastery of the Capuchin order in the town of Camerino, and was later ordained a priest in Loreto. In an … [Read more...]

Evangelization synod aims to reverse ‘tsunami of secularism’

Vatican City, Oct 8, 2012 / 10:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The 2012 Synod of Bishops on evangelization began its second day with a call for the Catholic Church to roll back the “tsunami of secularism” that has swept over modern society in recent decades.“It is almost as if this tsunami, this wave has washed across everything we lived by and simply took most of it away,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. told CNA on Oct 8.“We have experienced, I believe, in … [Read more...]

Dutch leaders urged to investigate child trafficking case

Washington D.C., Oct 7, 2012 / 06:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Witnesses at an Oct. 4 Helsinki Commission briefing called for increased pressure on the Dutch government to look into numerous sexual abuse accusations against a high ranking government official. “It is imperative that the justice system be ready to listen to allegations and to thoroughly investigate allegations no matter when they are raised – and no matter who is accused,” said Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.), … [Read more...]

Carmelites welcomed at St. Monica

Oakland, Calif., Oct 7, 2012 / 04:13 pm (CNA).- About 800 people — a congregation reminiscent of Christmas and Easter — filled St. Monica Church in Moraga to celebrate the official opening of the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, a new foundation of the Discalced Carmelites in the Diocese of Oakland.Five nuns in brown habits and black veils and five novices with white veils took their places in the pews as the Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone, archbishop-designate of San … [Read more...]

Pope opens bishops’ synod with universal call to holiness

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2012 / 12:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has formally opened the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization with a “universal call to holiness” aimed at all Christians worldwide.“Holy men and women bloom among the generous missionaries who announce the Good News to non-Christians, in the past in mission countries and now in any place where there are non-Christians,” the Pope said in his homily for the Oct. 7 opening Mass in St. … [Read more...]

Pope opens bishops’ synod with universal call to holiness

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2012 / 12:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has formally opened the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization with a “universal call to holiness” aimed at all Christians worldwide.“Holy men and women bloom among the generous missionaries who announce the Good News to non-Christians, in the past in mission countries and now in any place where there are non-Christians,” said the Pontiff in his homily during Mass in St. Peter’s Square … [Read more...]


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