Leeds’ new bishop: ‘I have longed and longed to be with you’

Leeds, England, Sep 16, 2014 / 12:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Msgr. Marcus Stock, who was appointed Monday as Bishop of Leeds, England, has said in a message to his new flock that his motto as a bishop will be taken from Christ's words at the Last Supper, “I have longed and longed to be with you.” “When I was informed of my appointment, I was given a list of tasks that require fairly quick decisions from me. Among these, was the need to choose a motto for my life as a … [Read more...]

Being married by Pope Francis is a dream come true, couple says

Rome, Italy, Sep 12, 2014 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian couple to be married over the weekend by Pope Francis say they could not wish for anything more than to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony from the pontiff who has influenced their lives so greatly. “Getting married by Pope Francis and marrying the man of my life is the apex of everything I could want,” said Laura Carpuso, a Catholic woman in the Diocese of Rome who will tie the knot with fiancé Marco Purcaro … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI poses for first selfies

Rome, Italy, Sep 12, 2014 / 10:45 am (CNA).- The first “selfie” of retired pontiff Benedict XVI is making the rounds on social networks. Ecco il primo #selfie in assoluto del #Papa Emerito #BenedettoXVI, in compagnia di Giuseppe Ricciardi di Aversa. pic.twitter.com/ejZFJcXjnW — Gianluca Barile (@GianlucaBarile1) September 11, 2014The photo was shared by Gianluca Barile on his Twitter account Sept. 11 and is the first known selfie in which the retired Pontiff has … [Read more...]

‘One of Us’ coalition to defend human life, dignity in Europe

Madrid, Spain, Sep 12, 2014 / 02:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Citizens of 28 European countries belonging to 25 different organizations defending life and human dignity have come together to form the European Federation “One of Us,” named after a prominent E.U. citizen’s initiative. According to a statement posted on its website Sept. 6, the organization is a “step forward” made possible “thanks to the way the citizens of 28 countries of the European Union have … [Read more...]

Brutally slain nuns recalled as women ‘enamored’ with God

Rome, Italy, Sep 11, 2014 / 04:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Remembering the lives of the three Xaverian Missionary nuns murdered in Burundi over the weekend, the order’s vicar general hailed them as simple women in love with God and those they served. “For me, (since) I entered as a youth they gave me a great example of people enamored with Jesus, enamored with the people among whom they lived,” Sr. Silvia Marsili, Vicar General for the Xaverian Missionaries, told CNA Sept. … [Read more...]

Legal group: Belgium’s assisted suicide law failed a depressed woman

Brussels, Belgium, Sep 10, 2014 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Belgium’s doctor-assisted suicide laws allowed an unqualified doctor to kill a depressed mother who did not have a terminal illness without notifying her family, the woman’s son has charged in legal filing against them. “People suffering from depression need compassion and love, not a prescription for death,” Roger Kiska, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, said Sept. 3. “The state has a … [Read more...]

Catholics in Ukrainian border diocese face suffering, uncertainty

Odessa, Ukraine, Sep 9, 2014 / 04:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Catholics in the southeast Ukrainian Diocese of Odessa-Simferopol, ongoing Russian control of Crimea has created serious challenges and “incredible devastation,” a local bishop said. “We pray for a solution which would create a new civilization that does not turn to force to resolve problems, but finds ways through dialogue and mutual respect to build a new society,” Bishop Jacek Pyl, an auxiliary bishop of … [Read more...]