Pope gives American Maronites youthful bishop

Vatican City, Jul 10, 2013 / 09:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has appointed a new bishop for one of only two Maronite Catholic territories in the United States, while also accepting the resignation of the current shepherd. Father Abdallah Elias Zaidan, 50, was named July 10 by the Pope to replace Bishop Robert J. Shaheen as bishop of Our Lady of Lebanon Eparchy. Bishop Shaheen turned 76 on June 3, placing him one year beyond the retirement age. Bishop-designate Zaidan will be … [Read more...]

Opus Dei bishop to be beatified after newborn’s miracle cure

Vatican City, Jul 10, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has approved the beatification of Venerable Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the second leader of Opus Dei, after recognizing the miraculous healing of a newborn who had suffered major cardiac arrest.Father John C. McCloskey, a priest of Opus Dei, told CNA July 8 that the bishop was notable for “his humility, and his serenity and good humor.”Fr. McCloskey said he felt “joy” at the announcement, … [Read more...]

Pope grants indulgences for World Youth Day

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2013 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will grant a plenary indulgence – a remission of all temporal punishment due to sin – to World Youth Day Catholic participants, the Vatican announced July 9. The head of the Church’s Apostolic Penitentiary, Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro, and its secretary, Bishop Krzysztof Nykiel, released a decree on July 9 that says the Pope will grant it during the July 22-29 event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. … [Read more...]

Buy humble bicycles, Pope advises future priests, nuns

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2013 / 10:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “I think that bicycles are necessary because there’s a lot of work to do and you have to move around but get a humbler one!” Pope Francis told seminarians and novices July 7 in the Vatican’ s Paul VI Hall. “And, if you like that beautiful car, think about how many children are dying of hunger, just (think of) that!” he told the approximately 6,000 young adults. Pope Francis met with the young … [Read more...]

World Youth Day will have over 250 teaching sessions

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2013 / 08:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has confirmed over 267 venues will offer lessons on the faith during Pope Francis’ World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil later this month.The catecheses – teaching sessions on the faith – will be given by bishops and cardinals for three days during between July 24 and 26, with 133 of them in Portuguese, 50 in Spanish and 25 in English.Italian and French are the next largest language groups with 15 … [Read more...]

Vatican Bank donated $70 million to charity in 2012

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican Bank donated some $70 million to charities in 2012, according to a Vatican statement released Thursday. “The Members of the Council expressed their deep gratitude for the support given, often anonymously, to the Holy Father’s universal ministry in spite of moments of economic crisis, and encouraged perseverance in this good work,” said the July 4 statement of the Council for Cardinals for the Study of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis invites homeless to dine at Vatican

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On July 1 Pope Francis invited a group of 200 homeless individuals to dinner at the Vatican, where they were served in his name by Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello. Cardinal Bertello, president of the Governatorate of the Vatican City State, spent the entire evening with the special guests, with whom he chatted at length and shared personal experiences, according to the July 3 edition of L'Osservatore Romano. “I welcome … [Read more...]