Archbishop Parolin: Pope’s reforms a return to Church basics

Rome, Italy, Sep 12, 2013 / 01:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- New Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin said Pope Francis' reform efforts are not revolutionary, but stem from a fidelity to Christ and continuity with foundational Church teachings.In an interview with the Venezuelan daily El Universal, he said that the Pope's vision does not include “returning to the past” in external ways, but “returning to the fundamental principles of the … [Read more...]

Romanian martyr hailed as reminder of freedom in Christ

Bucharest, Romania, Sep 12, 2013 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Monsignor Vladimir Ghika, a martyr under the 20th century communist government in Romania, was beatified on Aug. 31, recognized as a witness to Christian freedom despite persecution.“He was a living example that in Christ you are a freeman and you can’t be enslaved even if you are thrown in jail or persecuted,” said Fr. Chris Terhes, communications director of the Romanian Eparchy of St. George's in Canton, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis urges faithful to help meet refugees’ needs

Rome, Italy, Sep 12, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis called for solidarity with refugees during his Tuesday visit to a Jesuit refugee center in Rome, reminding Christians of their duty to help meet the newcomers' needs.He lamented how many times refugees have been “forced to live in impoverished conditions, at times degrading, without the possibility of beginning a dignified life, to think about a new future!”The Pope voiced special concern for the refugee … [Read more...]

German bishop says ‘forces at work’ against Bishop Tebartz

Rome, Italy, Sep 11, 2013 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A German bishop has voiced his support of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg, who made headlines recently for being accused of leading a luxurious lifestyle.“There are forces at work that I cannot see, so everything is a bit puzzling for me,” Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer said on Sept. 11 during a conference for new bishops in Rome.“I know him personally and I consider him a modest man,” the Bishop of … [Read more...]

‘Papal bounce’ credited for increase in British confessions

London, England, Sep 11, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic clergy in England and Wales say more people are going to confession, and many credit both Pope Francis' election and Benedict XVI's 2010 papal visit for inspiring the trend.“This summer there has been a marked difference in demand compared to last summer...We don’t usually offer confessions in August but have done this year,” one priest said in response to a telephone survey conducted by the Catholic … [Read more...]

Vatican source says Cardinal Bertone chose to resign early

Rome, Italy, Sep 10, 2013 / 12:21 pm (CNA).- Outgoing Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, chose to step down in advance of his anticipated replacement date after going undefended against accusations of corruption, according to a Vatican official.“[Cardinal Bertone] told the Pope he wanted to leave his post at an Aug. 15 lunch in Castel Gandolfo,” an official in the secretariat of state who asked for anonymity told CNA on Sep. 2.His retirement was expected no … [Read more...]

Pope Francis visits refugees at Jesuit center in Rome

Rome, Italy, Sep 10, 2013 / 10:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Just two months after paying a visit to immigrants on the Italian island of Lampedusa, Pope Francis visited a group of refugees at a Jesuit-run center in Rome today.He met at the Church of the Gesù with refugees seeking asylum in Rome, as well as volunteers who help provide them with food, health care, social support and legal aid. At least 1,000 people gathered outside the Astalli Center, run by the Jesuit Refugee Service, … [Read more...]