Pope Francis names Italian archbishop to top Vatican post

Vatican City, Aug 31, 2013 / 09:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis made a key appointment at the Vatican today, naming 58-year-old Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin as his new Secretary of State.“It is with trepidation that I place myself in this new service to the Gospel, to the Church and to Pope Francis,” said Archbishop Parolin in an Aug. 31 statement, which was released by the Holy See Press Office along with the news of his appointment.For the last four years, … [Read more...]

Legionary named as secretary general of Vatican City government

Vatican City, Aug 30, 2013 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Aug. 30, Pope Francis appointed Father Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, a member of the Legionaries of Christ, to be the new secretary general of the Governorate of Vatican City State. The position is the Vatican's number-two administrator, and was vacated last Saturday, Aug. 24, when Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca was transferred to the Apostolic Signatura. Fr. Vérgez will serve under the president of the Vatican City … [Read more...]

Vatican cardinal: peace among religions possible in Middle East

Vatican City, Aug 30, 2013 / 12:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The cardinal who heads the Vatican’s interreligious dialogue department said that religious differences in the Middle East do not necessitate violence.“This is the place where the three monotheistic religions meet, and they have the possibility to build up society,” Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran told CNA on Aug. 29. “The problem is when religion becomes politics.”Cardinal Tauran was secretary of the … [Read more...]

Pope and Jordanian king urge dialogue to end Syrian violence

Vatican City, Aug 29, 2013 / 05:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan on Thursday morning, giving special attention to the Syrian conflict at a time when Western countries are considering military action.Their Aug. 29 meeting reaffirmed the importance of dialogue and negotiation between all groups in Syrian society, L’Osservatore Romano reports. The meeting concluded that with the international community’s support, this dialogue … [Read more...]

Pope Francis tells Augustinian order to be ‘restless’ in love

Vatican City, Aug 29, 2013 / 09:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis asked members of the Order of Saint Augustine gathered in Rome for the opening Mass of their meeting to be restless in continuing to seek the well-being of other people. “Restlessness is also love, always seeking the good of others, of loved ones, with that intensity that also leads to tears,” Pope Francis said at the Basilica of Saint Augustine. “The restlessness of love always encourages us to reach … [Read more...]

Pope meets with 500 young pilgrims at St. Peter’s Basilica

Vatican City, Aug 28, 2013 / 12:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met today at Saint Peter’s Basilica with around 500 youths from the central Italian diocese of Piacenza-Bobbio, who are currently on pilgrimage in Rome.“This is a moment really of trepidation and joy, but also of deep faith, expressed through pure affection for the Pope,” said the Bishop Gianni Ambrosio of Piacenza just before the encounter.The pilgrimage, which is taking place during the Year of Faith, … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI’s personal secretary debunks ‘mystical experience’

Vatican City, Aug 27, 2013 / 08:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The retired pontiff's personal secretary said that the recent and widely circulated news story claiming that Benedict XVI stepped down after having a “mystical experience” is false.“It was invented from the alpha to the omega,”Archbishop Georg Gänswein said Aug. 25.“There is nothing true in this article,” he added in an interview with journalist Alessandra Buzzetti on Italian television … [Read more...]


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