Cardinal Bertone says time as Secretary of State was positive

Rome, Italy, Sep 3, 2013 / 04:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has offered a positive assessment of his nearly seven year-long tenure as Vatican Secretary of State, which will come to an end this October.According to L’Osservatore Romano, the cardinal spoke to reporters after a recent Mass in Sicily to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the miraculous image of Our Lady of Tears. “Cardinal Bertone wished to remember and underscore the important foundations … [Read more...]

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Students of Benedict XVI gather for Mass, annual dialogue

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Sep 3, 2013 / 02:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Former students of Benedict XVI met for the first time without him this year for their annual “Schülerkreis” discussions, although they were able to see the former Pope briefly for Mass.“He has a great sense of humor and we loved to be with him,” said Father Vincent Twomey told CNA on Sept. 1. “He has a great sense of joy and he loves to be with his students.”The Schülerkreis is a … [Read more...]

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Augustinian order to focus on evangelizing Europe, youth

Rome, Italy, Aug 30, 2013 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Augustinian order is working on devising ways to evangelize secularized Europe and young people during the next few years, said members at the group’s meeting in Rome.“Since we’re spread out in many different countries with many different governmental organizations, it’s important for us to stress our unity and the way we want to work together and present ourselves to the wider Church,” explained the … [Read more...]

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Spanish religious sister remembered for devotion to immigrants

Barcelona, Spain, Aug 29, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Franciscan Sister Teresa Losada, known in Spain as “the nun of the immigrants,” died Aug. 25 at the age of 70 in the town of San Vicente dels Horts after a long battle with cancer.Mayor Oriol Junqueras of San Vicente dels Horts was among the hundreds who attended her funeral Mass. He said Sister Teresa’s life and work were “filled with values, wisdom, generosity and humility.”The town of San Vicente … [Read more...]

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Rape victim consoled, encouraged by call from Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Aug 28, 2013 / 12:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A 44-year-old woman from Argentina said that after writing a letter to Pope Francis telling him that she had been raped by a local police officer, the Pope called her to tell her, “You are not alone.”“The Pope told me he receives thousands of letters each day, but that what I wrote moved him and touched his heart,” the woman said in an interview with the National University of Cordoba’s Canal 10 TV … [Read more...]

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Beatification cause imminent for auxiliary bishop of Madrid

Madrid, Spain, Aug 22, 2013 / 12:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Madrid has announced that this fall, the beatification cause of Auxiliary Bishop Eugenio Romero Pose will officially be opened.Bishop Pose was appointed as Madrid’s auxiliary bishop in early March of 1997, and was a close collaborator with the current archbishop, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela.The archdiocese announced on August 21 that the solemn opening of his cause for beatification will be led by … [Read more...]

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Priest in Italy suspects mafia behind attack on parish

Rome, Italy, Aug 20, 2013 / 04:10 pm (CNA).- A priest in southern Italy believes that local mafia members may be behind a recent attack on his parish after he preached critically about them and called them to conversion. According to the Italian daily Avvenire, Father Stefano Giaquinto – pastor of Saint Mary of the Victory in Casagiove – was surprised on the night of Aug. 15 by a fire at the “Nazarene” parish center, a clinic for drug rehabilitation which he … [Read more...]

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