Church praying for new archbishops, Pope affirms

Vatican City, Jun 29, 2013 / 02:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said the Church is praying for the dozens of new archbishops whom he greeted and gave wool vestments symbolizing fidelity to during in a Mass at Saint Peter's Basilica. “We pray for the metropolitan archbishops of different Churches of the world to which a little while ago I delivered the pallium, the symbol of communion,” Pope Francis said June 29. “I pray for all of their communities, I … [Read more...]

Pope Francis greets, bestows pallium on 34 new archbishops

Vatican City, Jun 29, 2013 / 01:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Mass during the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis gave a pallium to the 34 men who were made archbishops in the last year, highlighting their fidelity to Rome and to the papacy. “May you see in this Pallium a symbol of unity and a sign of communion with the Apostolic See,” Pope Francis told the archbishops June 29. “May it be a bond of charity and a source of strength, so that on the day of the coming … [Read more...]

God acts in our lives on his timetable, not ours, Pope stresses

Vatican City, Jun 28, 2013 / 12:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- God's action in our life is according to his own plan rather than ours, Pope Francis taught in his daily homily June 28, and this requires patience on both his part and ours. “The Lord takes his time. But even he, in this relationship with us, has a lot of patience,” preached the Bishop of Rome at the chapel of the Vatican's Saint Martha House. “Not only do we have to have patience: He has. He waits for … [Read more...]

Vatican ‘ready to cooperate’ in investigation of accountant

Vatican City, Jun 28, 2013 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican said it is ready to collaborate in the investigation of one of its accountants who was arrested today over allegations of corruption and slander. “The Holy See has not yet received any request from the competent Italian authorities on the matter, but it confirms its willingness to cooperate fully,” said Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See’s press office. Monsignor Nuncio Scarano was … [Read more...]

New Vatican Secretary of State may be appointed soon

Vatican City, Jun 28, 2013 / 10:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Strong indications have emerged that Archbishop Pietro Parolin, apostolic nuncio to Venezuela, will shortly be appointed as the Vatican's Secretary of State. The move could take place as soon as June 29, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. As the Secretary of State must technically be a cardinal, he would first be appointed pro-secretary of State, retaining his status as archbishop. He would, however, be the acting Secretary … [Read more...]

Traditionalists indicate definitive break with Catholic Church

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2013 / 04:38 pm (CNA).- On the 25th anniversary of the illicit ordination of four bishops by traditionalist Bishop Marcel Lefebvre, the Society of Saint Pius X indicated a definitive break of talks with the Catholic Church.In a statement June 27, three of the four bishops originally ordained by Lefebvre expressed “their filial gratitude towards their venerable founder who, after so many years spent serving the Church and the Sovereign Pontiff, so as to safeguard … [Read more...]

Charity’s rapid growth could be due to Pope’s influence

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2013 / 08:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The founder of a charity that feeds nearly one million children worldwide said its rapid growth could be partly due to Pope Francis' particular emphasis on caring for the impoverished. “The work of Mary's Meals is growing very fast and I’m sure that the hugely encouraging words of Pope Francis and the fact that he keeps pointing us back to the poor and our obligation to serve the poor is making us all think of those … [Read more...]