Pope reaches 10 million followers on Twitter

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2013 / 03:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has passed 10 million followers across nine different language accounts on the popular social media network Twitter, where users publish messages of 140 characters or fewer.On Oct. 27, Pope Francis tweeted, “Dear Followers I understand there are now over 10 million of you! I thank you with all my heart and ask you to continue praying for me.”As of Oct. 29, the papal Twitter accounts had a total of 10,070,848 … [Read more...]

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Fr. Kurt Burnette made head of Ruthenian Eparchy of Passaic

Passaic, NJ, Oct 29, 2013 / 12:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Kurt Burnette, rector of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Pittsburgh, was appointed Bishop of the Ruthenian Eparchy of Passaic, which serves nearly 15,000 Ruthenian Catholics, on Oct. 29. Fr. Burnette will be enthroned at the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel in Passaic, NJ, on Dec. 4. A native of Fakenham, England, Fr. Burnette, who is 57, grew up in Texas. He attended Rice University, and then received a doctorate in … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: anchor your heart in hope, not false security

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2013 / 10:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass Pope Francis reflected on the virtue of hope, stressing that it is a gift which does not disappoint, and warning of the false attitudes that can appear to be the virtue. “Where are anchored, each one of us? Are we anchored on the shore of the ocean so far or are we anchored in an artificial lagoon that we have made ourselves?” the Pope asked during his Oct. 29 homily. The pontiff directed his … [Read more...]

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Ohio bishop tapped to lead Hartford, Connecticut diocese

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2013 / 06:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Leonard P. Blair of Toledo, Ohio to lead the diocese of Hartford, Connecticut, following the retirement of the diocese's previous archbishop. “With joy we welcome the news that Our Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Leonard P. Blair of the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, to be the new Archbishop of Hartford,” outgoing Archbishop Henry J. Mansell said Oct. 29. Bishop Blair, 64, will … [Read more...]

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Marine Marathon participants run for military archdiocese

Washington D.C., Oct 29, 2013 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As tens of thousands of runners crossed the finish line in the Oct. 27 Marine Corps Marathon, 24 participants completed the race having raised over $25,000 for the Archdiocese for Military Services. Matt Smith, president of the Catholic Advocate, ran his first Marine Corps Marathon with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, and said to CNA Oct. 28 that it “was a great experience,” and it was “rewarding” to … [Read more...]

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Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Gassis of El Obeid, Sudan

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2013 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Monday accepted the resignation of Bishop Macram Max Gassis of El Obeid, in Sudan, upon having reached the age limit of 75. Bishop Gassis was succeeded Oct. 28 by his coadjutor, Bishop Michael Didi Adgum Mangoria, 54, who has served as apostolic administrator of the diocese since August, 2010. Bishop Gassis had been head of the diocese since May 1988. He joined the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus in 1957, … [Read more...]

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Maintain faith during persecutions, Iraqi bishop advises

Mosul, Iraq, Oct 29, 2013 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Chaldean archbishop of the Iraqi city of Mosul wrote in an open letter to Christians in the West that in the face of religious persecution, Catholics must continue steadfast in the virtue of faith. Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona of the Chaldean Archeparchy of Mosul arrived at his see in Jan., 2010, and the following day began a series of murders of Christians in the city. “The faithful left the city to seek refuge in the small … [Read more...]

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