Pope’s new English bishop appointee sounds evangelization note

Portsmouth, England, Jul 11, 2012 / 12:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The future Bishop of Portsmouth says he “looks forward with joy” to working with the priests and people of his diocese for a new evangelization of England.“It is with trepidation and yet with profound trust in the loving mercy of the Sacred Heart of Christ, that I accept the Holy Father’s appointment,” said Monsignor Philip Egan July 11.“May we all together be in the closest communion of … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke cautions against over-use of concelebration

Cork, Ireland, Jul 10, 2012 / 01:42 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Raymond L. Burke believes that the “excessive” use of concelebration – the practice of priests saying Mass collectively – can result in their unique role in the sacred liturgy being obscured.“I don’t think there should be an excessive encouragement of concelebration because the norm is for the individual priest to offer the holy sacrifice of the Mass,” the head of the Supreme Tribunal of the … [Read more...]

Year of Faith could see beatification of John Paul I, Paul VI

Rome, Italy, Jul 10, 2012 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A former head of the Vatican's congregation on saints' causes says Pope Benedict XVI could beatify his predecessors Pope John Paul I and Pope Paul VI during the upcoming Year of Faith. Although the process beatification is “generally very complex, in this case, the phases have been moving ahead,” Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, told Italian newspaper … [Read more...]

Spanish bishop says a community’s vitality seen in vocations

Madrid, Spain, Jul 9, 2012 / 12:09 pm (CNA).- Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba in Spain called on Catholics to pray for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life, noting their crucial role in the life of the Church.“The vitality of a Christian community can be measured by the vocations it receives and inspires for the edification of the House of God,” he said in his weekly newsletter, dated July 5.“Each vocation is a miracle of God, an exceptional … [Read more...]

Thousands visit St. John Vianney’s heart in England

Liverpool, United Kingdom, Jul 6, 2012 / 11:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An estimated 6,000 pilgrims have braved heavy rain to venerate the relic of St. John Vianney’s heart since its arrival in England yesterday.“This relic represents a call to the heart, a call to return to what must lie at the heart of the life our parishes declining or apparently flourishing in city, town and countryside,” Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury told pilgrims at Liverpool’s Cathedral of Christ … [Read more...]

Thousands visit St. John Vianney’s heart in England

Liverpool, United Kingdom, Jul 6, 2012 / 11:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An estimated 6,000 pilgrims have braved heavy rain to venerate the relic of St. John Vianney’s heart since its arrival in England yesterday.“This relic represents a call to the heart, a call to return to what must lie at the heart of the life our parishes declining or apparently flourishing in city, town and countryside,” Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury told pilgrims at Liverpool’s Cathedral of Christ … [Read more...]

Vatican astronomer says ‘God particle’ is misnamed, but exciting

Rome, Italy, Jul 6, 2012 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While it has no direct bearing on theology or revelation, the scientific discovery hailed by some as the “God particle” is an important achievement, a Vatican astronomer says.“It is a wonderful piece of science,” said Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, a researcher and spokesman at the Vatican Observatory, in a July 5 interview with CNA.On July 4, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) publicized … [Read more...]


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