Pope, Hollande discuss positive role of religion in society

Vatican City, Jan 27, 2014 / 04:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During Pope Francis’ meeting with French president Francois Hollande on Friday, the two discussed an array of topics concerning human dignity, centering the meeting on the role of religion in society. In a Jan. 24 statement released regarding the meeting earlier that morning, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi revealed that the “cordial” discussion primarily focused on “the contribution that religion makes to … [Read more...]

Don’t build fences around Gospel, Pope urges

Vatican City, Jan 26, 2014 / 09:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Angelus message delivered in Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis exhorted the crowds to proclaim their faith throughout the world.In today’s day and age, “we can be frightened and give into the temptation to build fences to be safer, more secure. But Jesus teaches us that the good news is not reserved for a part of humanity, and to communicate it to everyone,” said the Pope on Jan. 26.The Gospel message “is a … [Read more...]

Pope: We must persevere in working for Christian Unity

Vatican City, Jan 25, 2014 / 01:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis celebrated evening prayer at the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity tonight, stressing the nature of ecumenism as a journey that requires perseverance.“Christ, dear friends, cannot be divided! This conviction must sustain and encourage us to persevere with humility and trust on the way to the restoration of full visible unity among all believers in Christ,” said the Pope in his homily at Vespers on … [Read more...]

Pope hopes for more ‘widespread, incisive’ feminine presence

Vatican City, Jan 25, 2014 / 10:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with a group of Italian women today, expressing his desire for women to participate more widely in the Church and in society without neglecting the family.“I have been pleased to see many women share some pastoral responsibilities with priests in accompanying people, families, and groups, (just) as in theological reflection; and I hope that more spaces are widened for a feminine presence in the Church that is more … [Read more...]

Pope Francis will be at Roman basilica for end of Church unity week

Vatican City, Jan 25, 2014 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ celebration of an ecumenical vespers at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls Jan. 25, ending the Christian unity week, will also mark the 55th anniversary of the announcement of the Second Vatican Council. On Jan. 25, 1959, Bl. John XXIII proclaimed his intention to call an ecumenical council at the end of a Vespers celebration held in the basilica, that concluded the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The … [Read more...]

New auxiliary bishop named for Sacramento

Vatican City, Jan 24, 2014 / 03:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has announced that Msgr. Myron Joseph Cotta of Fresno has been assigned as the new auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Sacramento, Calif. “I am humbled by the faith the Holy Father and the papal nuncio have placed in me,” said Bishop-designate Cotta in a Jan. 24 press release announcing his appointment. “As I prepare to leave the Diocese of Fresno, I thank God for the call to the episcopacy and for the … [Read more...]

New Harrisburg, Pa. bishop ‘stunned’ by appointment

Vatican City, Jan 24, 2014 / 09:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced that Bishop Ronald Gainer will be leaving his post in Lexington, Ky. to take the helm in the diocese of Harrisburg, Pa. – a transfer which is both a surprise and a joy. “While I was completely surprised and, quite frankly, stunned by the news of my transfer, I willingly and happily accept our Supreme Pastor’s decision as God’s will for us and for me,” Bishop Gainer stated in a Jan. 24 … [Read more...]


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