Vatican bombing in WWII was work of Italian fascists, author says

Rome, Italy, Nov 13, 2013 / 02:32 am (CNA).- Following the 70th anniversary of the bombing of the Vatican in World War II, the author of a new book on the affair has concluded that the attack was carried out by Italian fascist forces.The circumstances of the Nov. 5, 1943 bombing were long unclear, as was the bombing itself: Vatican City was a neutral country during the war, whose sovereignty was violated by the attack.The bombs were dropped around eight in the evening from a small plane, … [Read more...]

Portsmouth bishop to consecrate diocese at Year of Faith’s end

Portsmouth, England, Nov 13, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth has announced that as a conclusion to the Year of Faith, he will consecrate the diocese to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and has granted a plenary indulgence to his faithful who make the consecration for themselves. “In asking everyone to consecrate themselves to the Heart of Jesus, I wish to strengthen our Christian identity, to renew our commitment to be disciples of Jesus Christ, to deepen … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to meet with Vladimir Putin

Rome, Italy, Nov 11, 2013 / 03:48 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Nov. 25 at the Vatican, according to the director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi.On the following day, the Pontiff will meet with the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano.The first meeting between Pope Francis and the Russian president comes after the Holy Father sent Putin a letter on Sept. 5, at the opening of the G-20 summit, calling on the … [Read more...]

New bishop in England looks forward to working with poor, weak

Plymouth, England, Nov 11, 2013 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Monsignor Mark O'Toole, whom Pope Francis appointed Bishop of Plymouth on Saturday, has said he is humbled by the appointment and that the Roman Pontiff's example will help form his ministry there. “Recognising that I am a sinner who experiences the love and mercy of the Lord Jesus, I embrace with my whole self this deeper call to service in His Church,” the bishop elect said Nov. 9. “I know that the … [Read more...]

Nigerian doctor laments growing plague of human trafficking

Rome, Italy, Nov 8, 2013 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Human trafficking is a major scourge to women and children that needs greater international attention, the head of a Catholic medical group in Nigeria told a gathering of experts in Rome.Dr. Henrietta Williams explained to CNA that “there is a lot of human trafficking going on” throughout the world.“A lot of measures have been put in place – you know, laws, border controls, all sorts of things,” she … [Read more...]

Legion of Christ general counselor resigns

Rome, Italy, Nov 7, 2013 / 11:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Deomar De Guedes has resigned as a general counselor of the Legionaries of Christ, citing a lack of energy to confront the challenges of the position.Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, the pontifical delegate overseeing the reform of the order, accepted the resignation. The priest was one of six members of the Legion’s general council.The Legion’s acting general director, Fr. Sylvester Heereman, said he respects Fr. De … [Read more...]

Vatican bureaucracy can leave Popes uninformed, JPII secretary reveals

Rome, Italy, Nov 7, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At times, Blessed Pope John Paul II was not well informed by his associates, according to Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, who for years was particular secretary to the former Pope.Cardinal Dziwisz recently released a book, “I Lived with a Saint,” published in Italian. It is co-written with Italian journalist Gianfranco Svidercoschi, a former vice-director of L’Osservatore Romano.It is a first-person narration of … [Read more...]


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