Panama’s first cardinal: I’m astonished at my appointment

Panama City, Panama, Jan 20, 2015 / 04:33 pm (CNA).- Among the new cardinals Pope Francis will create in the February consistory is Bishop Jose Luis Lacunza Maestrojuan of the Diocese of David, Panama, who will become the first cardinal from that country. Bishop Lacunza spoke with CNA and shared his experience upon learning of the appointment. The Panamanian bishop said that when he first received news he would be made a cardinal, he was “surprised and astonished because I was not … [Read more...]

Venezuelan bishops condemn imposition of socialism

Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 13, 2015 / 01:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Venezuelan bishops conference issued a pastoral exhortation on Monday calling on authorities and citizens alike to an ethical and spiritual renewal in order to come out of the current economic and social crisis facing the nation. The Jan. 12 letter warned that “Marxist socialism is an erroneous path, and therefore should not be instituted.” The bishops began their letter by recalling the events that took place at … [Read more...]

Availability and obedience: the intentions of Uruguay’s new cardinal

Montevideo, Uruguay, Jan 13, 2015 / 11:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Daniel Sturla Berhouet of Montevideo, one of the 20 men to be made a cardinal at next month's consistory, has said his response to the appointment is one of both availability and obedience to the Pope. Asked how he plans to respond to the new responsibilities Francis has given him, Archbishop Sturla told CNA Jan 11.: “Above all, a sense of availability and obedience to the Holy Father.” “I have … [Read more...]

Haiti’s hope is in its people five years after quake

Port au Prince, Haiti, Jan 12, 2015 / 07:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Five years ago today, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake decimated St. Francois de Sales Hospital in the heart of Port-au-Prince. Now, the more than 100-year-old hospital is preparing to reopen its doors for the first time since the disaster – thanks, in part, to the work of Catholic Relief Services. Catholic Relief Services partnered with the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince and the Catholic Health Association to … [Read more...]

Chilean legislators vote to strip priest of honorary nationality

Santiago, Chile, Jan 9, 2015 / 03:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The House of Representatives in Chile has passed a resolution stripping Father John O'Reilly, of the Legion of Christ of his honorary Chilean nationality by a vote of 96-5 after he was sentenced to four years of house arrest for sexual abuse. The measure will now go before the Chilean Senate for final approval. The Chilean congress grants honorary nationality to individuals through a legislative action, and can use the same … [Read more...]

Head of drug war-torn Mexican diocese to become a cardinal

Morelia, Mexico, Jan 9, 2015 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis announced Jan. 4 that among the 20 men who will be named cardinals at the next consistory is Archbishop Alberto Suarez Inda of Morelia, who has worked for peace amid the ongoing drug war in Mexico. Since 1995, Archbishop Suarez has led the Archdiocese of Morelia, the capital of Michoacan state in central Mexico. The state has seen much violence and tension in recent years due to the role of drug cartels; nine died Jan. 6 … [Read more...]

Priests at Mexico City Cathedral hear 5000 confessions

Mexico City, Mexico, Dec 8, 2014 / 08:54 am (CNA).- Responding to an invitation from Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera to seek reconciliation with Christ during the season of Advent, nearly 5000 Catholics stood in line for hours to receive the Sacrament of Confession. According to the Archdiocese of Mexico City's News Service, some 30 priests spent 12 hours in shifts hearing confessions at the Cathedral of Mexico City Nov. 29. Cathedral officials said many people also attended an Advent … [Read more...]