Catholics in England gather to pray for Richard III, one of their own

Nottingham, England, Mar 25, 2015 / 02:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In preparation for the reinterment of the remains of Richard III, a 15th century English king whose body was only recently rediscovered, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has offered Compline and a Requiem Mass for the late monarch. “This evening we fulfil a profound and essential Christian duty: that of praying for the dead, for the repose of their eternal souls,” Cardinal Nichols preached during a March 23 … [Read more...]

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New bishop in England looks forward to proclaiming Christ ‘with God’s help’

Brighton, U.K., Mar 25, 2015 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Richard Moth of the British military diocese as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, where he looks forward to serving the Church and sharing the Gospel. “It is a great privilege to have been appointed by Pope Francis as the new Bishop of Arundel & Brighton and I am very conscious of the trust that has been placed in me,” Bishop Moth said March 21. “In these last fifty … [Read more...]

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Vatican offers solidarity for victims of Alps plane crash

Digne, France, Mar 24, 2015 / 01:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After a Germanwings Airbus carrying 150 people crashed Tuesday in the French Alps, the Holy See has assured the Pope's prayers for the departed and has offered solidarity with the victims’ families. “Having learned of the tragic plane crash in the Digne region, which has claimed numerous victims, including several children, His Holiness Pope Francis joins in their families mourning, showing his closeness to their … [Read more...]

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German prelate breaks rank with Cardinal Marx, insists on fidelity to Rome

Munich, Germany, Mar 24, 2015 / 02:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A German cardinal has publicly opposed the words of two other German bishops who have suggested that the nation’s Church can form its own policies without direction from Rome. Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes published a letter earlier this month objecting to the pronouncements of prominent leaders of the Church in Germany that the nation's bishops' conference will pursue its own program of pastoral care for marriages and … [Read more...]

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A new hope: the Church of Naples after Pope Francis’ visit

Naples, Italy, Mar 24, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit to Naples on Saturday fostered the commitment of the local Church to combat corruption and to continue work on the ground that has already born much fruits in the city's peripheries, according to an official. “Our plan now is the most challenging one: being able to reach a sort of normality in our territories,” Fr. Tonino Palmese, vicar of charity for the Archdiocese of Naples, told CNA March … [Read more...]

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Saint’s relic with miraculous tendencies does it again for Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Mar 21, 2015 / 01:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While Pope Francis was giving some advice to the religious, priests and seminarians of Naples on Saturday, a miracle occurred: a vial of dried blood from a fourth century saint liquefied. This stunning but locally known and accepted phenomenon is said to happen three times a year: May 1, Sept. 19, which is the saint's feast day, and Dec. 16. The last time this occured with a Pope was in 1848 with Pius IX. It didn't happen when … [Read more...]

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Nuns watching soap operas and the ‘terrorism’ of gossip: Pope Francis and Naples’ religious

Rome, Italy, Mar 21, 2015 / 12:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a wide-ranging, off-the-cuff speech to priests and religious in Naples, Pope Francis addressed various challenges of consecrated life, emphasizing above all the importance of poverty and resisting gossip. “For me there is a sign that there is no fraternity in the presbyterate or in religious communities. The sign is gossip…the terrorism of gossip,” the Pope told priests, religious and seminarians of Naples during his … [Read more...]

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