Dominican bishop of Nottingham transferred to Liverpool

Liverpool, England, Mar 21, 2014 / 10:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking Friday of his appointment as Archbishop of Liverpool, Bishop Malcolm McMahon of Nottingham has said he will strive to live up to the trust that is being put in him in his new role. “I am honoured and humbled to have been appointed by our Holy Father Pope Francis as Archbishop of Liverpool,” Bishop McMahon said in a news conference March 21. “I promise to do my best to repay the trust that he has placed in … [Read more...]

UK prime minister denounces sex-selective abortions as ‘appalling’

London, England, Mar 21, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has criticized sex-selective abortion as “simply an appalling practice,” and said the British government will work to counter the illegal practice. Cameron told parliament March 19 that Britain’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, and the Department of Health are preparing guidance for doctors about sex-selective abortions, intended to counter pressure on some pregnant women … [Read more...]

English bishop exhorts faithful to be charitable online

Portsmouth, England, Mar 21, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A pastoral letter from a British bishop to his faithful for Lent calls upon Catholics to consider their online interactions and to use social media for good rather than to hurt others. In moral decisions, including the decision about what to post online, “we cannot choose simply on the basis of what gives us pleasure and what causes us pain,” wrote Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth in a pastoral letter released March … [Read more...]

Young nun wows judges on Italy’s ‘The Voice’

Rome, Italy, Mar 20, 2014 / 01:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sr. Cristina Scuccia is a 25 year old member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family who has appeared on "The Voice of Italy," a reality show akin to "American Idol" or "Britain’s Got Talent."Sr. Cristina surprised the four judges on The Voice of Italy March 19 with both her talent and her habit.The judges on the show begin with their backs turned to the performer, and turn around only if they … [Read more...]

Ukrainian Catholics experiencing ‘total persecution’ in Crimea

Kyiv, Ukraine, Mar 18, 2014 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Russian president signed a bill to annex Crimea Tuesday, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the peninsula has been experiencing what a Church official calls “total persecution.” “At this moment all Ukrainian Greek Catholic life in Crimea is paralyzed,” Fr. Volodymyr Zhdan, chancellor of the Stryi eparchy in western Ukraine, told CNA March 18.   From 2006 to 2010, Fr. Zhdan served as chancellor … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI sends Pope commentary on early interview

Rome, Italy, Mar 18, 2014 / 01:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Former Pope Benedict XVI sent a four-page commentary to Pope Francis on the September 2013 interview he granted to Jesuit magazine La Civilta Cattolica, according to Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the Pontifical Household. The Italian news agency Korazym reports that in an interview with the German television station ZDF, Archbishop Ganswein – who is also Benedict XVI’s secretary – said the retired Pope wrote the … [Read more...]

Oratorian appointed auxiliary bishop of Birmingham, England

Birmingham, England, Mar 17, 2014 / 01:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has named Fr. Robert Byrne as a new auxiliary bishop of the Birmingham archdiocese, leading the Oratorian priest to praise the examples of the Pope and of Bl. John Henry Newman. Fr. Byrne said he is “deeply honoured and humbled” by the appointment, adding that Pope Francis’ example “will continue to inspire and shape my ministry in Birmingham, especially to serve the poor, the marginalised and … [Read more...]