Bishop Heiner Koch, a German delegate to Family Synod, appointed Berlin archbishop

Berlin, Germany, Jun 8, 2015 / 01:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican confirmed on Monday, June 8 that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Heiner Koch of Dresden-Meissen as Archbishop of Berlin. As Archbishop of Berlin, he will shepherd a population of 5.7 million, of whom 407,000 are Catholics. The Berlin archdiocese also has 421 priests and 668 religious. Bishop Koch was born in 1954 in Duesseldorf, and studied theology in Bonn. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Cologne on his … [Read more...]

Archbishop: Ukrainian conflict is Europe’s biggest crisis since WWII

Rome, Italy, Jun 7, 2015 / 03:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of Ukraine’s Greek Catholic Church said the country is facing a “humanitarian catastrophe” with global consequences that cannot be ignored by the international community. He called on participants of next week’s G7 Summit in Bavaria to work toward effective solutions. “The aggression against Ukraine is a challenge for preserving peace in the world which cannot pretend that nothing happens in … [Read more...]

Bosnia can be a sign of unity in a world torn by conflict, Pope says

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jun 6, 2015 / 03:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with leaders of the prominent religions represented in Bosnia and Herzegovina during his day-trip its capital, telling them that if fraternal dialogue is fostered, the country – once torn by war and ethnic divisions – could become sign of peace for the world. “In a world unfortunately rent by conflicts, this land can become a message: attesting that it is possible to live together … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: A consecrated person who doesn’t forgive isn’t needed

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jun 6, 2015 / 11:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Moved by the testimony of two priests and a religious sister who endured atrocities during the Bosnian War, Pope Francis on Saturday told a gathering of Bosnian priests, religious and seminarians that forgiveness is an essential part of their vocation. “Some of their words have remained in my heart,” Pope Francis said after their remarks, “and one is forgiveness.” “A consecrated who … [Read more...]

Former POWs in Bosnia and Herzegovina encourage healing wounds, banishing hatred

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jun 6, 2015 / 11:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Croat, a Bosniak and a Serb who each survived detention camps during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war said they feel no hate over the matter, and they do not blame any ethnic community, as responsibility is an individual matter. The war, which followed the breakup of Yugoslavia, killed around 100,000 combatants and civilians and displaced a million more people. The fighting split largely along ethnic lines, among the … [Read more...]

The peals of a ‘Jesuit bell’ welcome Pope Francis to Sarajevo

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jun 6, 2015 / 09:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Pope Francis processed into Mass in Sarajevo’s Kosevo Stadium this morning, a massive bell named for St. Francis Xavier was placed at the top of the entrance and two Jesuit priests rang the bell, which will later be given to a new Jesuit parish in the city. Following Pope Francis' June 6 trip to Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the St. Francis Xavier bell will be given to St. Ignatius of Loyola … [Read more...]

‘Romeo and Juliet of Sarajevo’ highlight pain of loss in Bosnian War

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jun 5, 2015 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When Pope Francis visits Bosnia and Herzegovina tomorrow, he will be visiting a country still devastated by the three-year Bosnian War that took place in the early 1990s. An estimated 100,000 people were killed in the conflict. Twenty years later, reminders of the violence are everywhere – even the route that Pope Francis will take from the Sarajevo international airport to the presidential palace is known as … [Read more...]