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...]

Musician blends Tango, classic styles in Mass composition

Rome, Italy, Nov 5, 2013 / 07:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a festival in Rome, an Argentinian composer noted the need for sacred music in modern society and spoke of a Mass he wrote honoring his country which draws from both classical and Tango traditions. “The Mass is a Catholic Mass, but my history is I don't have a very religious formation…I learn a lot of religious by the music, through the music,” Martin Palmeri said of the music he composed in an Oct. 29 interview … [Read more...]

Vatican study group examines human trafficking issues

Rome, Italy, Nov 4, 2013 / 06:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Experts from around the world gathered at the Vatican this weekend to investigate and discuss the growing practice of “modern slavery” in the form of human trafficking.The “preparatory workshop,” entitled “Trafficking in Human Beings: Modern Slavery,” was held Nov. 2-3.Called at the request of Pope Francis, the conference was jointly hosted by the Pontifical Academy for the Sciences and the World … [Read more...]

Knights’ Pope Francis documentary to re-air on Sunday

Rome, Italy, Nov 1, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new documentary on Pope Francis by the Knights of Columbus, entitled “Francis: The Pope from the New World,” will re-air this Sunday on the U.S. cable channel CNBC.“This documentary arrives as the world realizes that a very special man has assumed the leadership of the Catholic Church, and this begins – but does not end – with his gestures of humility and care for everyone,” Carl Anderson, Supreme … [Read more...]