Pope Francis offers prayers for victims of massive Nepal earthquake

Kathmandu, Nepal, Apr 25, 2015 / 10:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is praying for the victims of a massive earthquake that shook Nepal and surrounding areas in Kathmandu Valley on Saturday morning, according to a report from Vatican Radio. The earthquake measured a 7.9 on the Richter Scale and wreaked havoc on the densely populated area, where officials fear the death toll could surpass 1,000, and the number of injured could be more than 1,700, according to reports from … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis meets with gay French ambassador nominee

Vatican City, Apr 24, 2015 / 11:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis met April 17 with Laurent Stefanini, the openly gay foreign service officer named by France to be ambassador to the Vatican. News of the private audience, which was kept strictly confidential, was reported April 22 by the French magazine Le Canard Enchainé, although the magazine said that the meeting took place April 18. A source from the Vatican Secretariat of State told CNA that the meeting actually took place in the late … [Read more...]

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New Greensburg bishop seeks to emulate Francis’ focus on mercy

Vatican City, Apr 24, 2015 / 05:14 am (CNA).- The Vatican announced Friday that Fr. Edward C. Malesic of Harrisburg, Penn. has been nominated to lead the Greensburg diocese, a role he wishes to carry out by imitating Pope Francis’ compassion. In a prepared April 24 statement Fr. Malesic said he was both honored and humbled by Pope Francis’ decision to appoint him as the fifth bishop of Greensburg, Penn., according to the Harrisburg diocese’s website. The bishop-elect … [Read more...]

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Galveston-Houston’s vicar for clergy tapped to lead Victoria diocese

Vatican City, Apr 23, 2015 / 05:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced Thursday that Fr. Brendan Cahill, Vicar for Clergy in the archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, has been named bishop for the diocese of Victoria, Texas. In an April 23 statement Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, said that Fr. Cahill has been “a faithful priest” in his diocese, and will bring “a wealth of gifts and experiences with him in this new ministry.” “His … [Read more...]

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Is dialogue with Islam possible? Yes, and it’s needed now more than ever, Vatican says

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2015 / 12:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid continued violence by ISIS and other militant Islamist groups, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue issued a declaration stressing that dialogue with Islam must be sought “now more than ever.” The council emphasized that “killing in the name of a religion offends God, but it is also a defeat for humanity.” The declaration was released April 22, and is the second of its kind issued by the … [Read more...]

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Men and women complete each other – there’s no other option, Pope says

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2015 / 11:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said Wednesday that marriage is a vocation all believers are called to defend, specifically in terms of the complementarity of the union between a man and a woman. In the account of creation, “man appears for a moment without woman, free and master, but he is alone, he feels alone,” the Pope told attendees of his April 22 general audience. “God himself recognizes that this reality is not good, that there … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to Cuba: it’s official!

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2015 / 06:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. confirmed to journalists today that Pope Francis will make a pastoral stop in Cuba ahead of his September apostolic voyage to the United States.The Vatican spokesman made the announcement to journalists April 22 around 2:15p.m. in the Holy See press office.In an official statement released shortly after, the spokesman said: “I am able to confirm that the Holy Father Francis, having … [Read more...]

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