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...]

Three abducted priests in Crimea returned safely

Kyiv, Ukraine, Mar 16, 2014 / 05:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Three priests of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church who were kidnapped in Crimea over the weekend have reportedly been returned and are safe. “We have just spoken with Fr. Nicholas Kvych, pastor of the UGCC in Sevastopol. With the help of his parishioners he was able to leave Crimea, and he is now on mainland Ukraine,” the information service of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said in a statement released late in the … [Read more...]

Cardinal remembers Opus Dei priest as man ‘chosen by God’

Rome, Italy, Mar 14, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a special conference commemorating the life of deceased Opus Dei leader Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo, Cardinal Julian Herranz noted the priest's model of holiness for the Church. “The image of Fr. Alvaro del Portillo, who appears in the Second Vatican council helping as secretary to support the decree was like a man chosen by God,” the cardinal told CNA March 13, “a divine vocation, a man consecrated by God, a … [Read more...]

Cardinal Marx elected president of German bishops’ conference

Munich, Germany, Mar 13, 2014 / 04:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Reinhard Marx was elected head of the German bishops’ conference Wednesday, succeeding Robert Zollitsch, Archbishop Emeritus of Freiburg im Breisgau. “It is a great sign of the confidence of the bishops in Cardinal Marx that they have transferred to him this responsibility in a time of great challenge for the Church,” Fr. Peter Beer, vicar general of Cardinal Marx’ Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, … [Read more...]

Nun empowers Northern India’s women with education, hope

Rome, Italy, Mar 13, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a local culture prone to viewing women as property, Sister Daphne Sequeira has dedicated her life to offering education and a hopeful future to those in Northern India's rural villages. Seeing a girl “whose potential is suppressed, her freedom, her desires are suppressed, I say, this is such disrespect to God, who created in his image, who created us as man and woman in his image, who promised us to have life to its … [Read more...]

Falsely accused Irish priest returns to ministry with joy

Derry, Northern Ireland, Mar 13, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA).- A priest exonerated of sexual assault charges against a teen girl will return to his parish with “great joy,” almost four years after he left public ministry, and two years after his acquittal. “It is with a sense of great joy and anticipation that I return to public ministry in my parish of Cappagh with my good name and standing in the Church fully restored,” Fr. Eugene Boland told the Tyrone Herald March … [Read more...]

Spanish bishop affirms Church’s commitment to women, unborn

Rome, Italy, Mar 12, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As controversy surrounds reform of Spain's abortion law, the newly-elected president of the local bishops' conference says Catholics must both oppose the procedure and support pregnant women. “We need to understand that it is very difficult for many pregnant women – for reasons we can all come to understand – to carry their babies to term,” said Archbishop Ricardo Blazquez Perez of Valladolid. “We … [Read more...]