Former Yahoo executive thrilled to join ‘brotherhood’ of Church

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2013 / 06:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The previous head of one of the internet’s leading online search engines travelled to Rome in order to be received into the universal Church, expressing his joy at joining the family of faith.“I’m in Rome to become Catholic,” Richard Riley told CNA in an Oct. 28 interview, “I was married in the Catholic Church 13 years ago, I have four children who were baptized in the Catholic Church and I really wanted to … [Read more...]

NSA allegedly spied on Vatican, Italian paper says

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new report by an Italian publication accuses the U.S. National Security Agency of listening to the phone calls of Vatican officials and prelates, during a time period leading up to the conclave.Father Federico Lombardi, head of the Vatican press office, told CNA on Oct. 30 that he is unaware of such activity and is “not worried.”His comments come in response to allegations published by Italian weekly magazine … [Read more...]

Curia reform may increase Congregations, reduce Pontifical Councils

Vatican City, Oct 30, 2013 / 12:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' reform of the Roman Curia is expected to produce a new document regulating the body, and to reduce the number of Pontifical Councils, while increasing the number of Congregations.The group of eight cardinals advising Pope Francis on the reform and on the government of the Church will have their second meeting at the Vatican Dec. 3-5, following their Oct. 1-3 meeting.“The cardinals are not thinking about an … [Read more...]

Love of God ‘scorches’ our selfishness, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 30, 2013 / 05:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience Pope Francis continued his reflections on the Creed, stressing the centrality of the Communion of Saints in the faith and how that communion embraces and purifies the Church. “The love of God,” Pope Francis told thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square Oct. 30 for his weekly  address, “scorches our selfishness, judgments and divisions.” The Pope opened his remarks by saying … [Read more...]

Pope reaches 10 million followers on Twitter

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2013 / 03:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has passed 10 million followers across nine different language accounts on the popular social media network Twitter, where users publish messages of 140 characters or fewer.On Oct. 27, Pope Francis tweeted, “Dear Followers I understand there are now over 10 million of you! I thank you with all my heart and ask you to continue praying for me.”As of Oct. 29, the papal Twitter accounts had a total of 10,070,848 … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: anchor your heart in hope, not false security

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2013 / 10:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass Pope Francis reflected on the virtue of hope, stressing that it is a gift which does not disappoint, and warning of the false attitudes that can appear to be the virtue. “Where are anchored, each one of us? Are we anchored on the shore of the ocean so far or are we anchored in an artificial lagoon that we have made ourselves?” the Pope asked during his Oct. 29 homily. The pontiff directed his … [Read more...]

Ohio bishop tapped to lead Hartford, Connecticut diocese

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2013 / 06:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Leonard P. Blair of Toledo, Ohio to lead the diocese of Hartford, Connecticut, following the retirement of the diocese's previous archbishop. “With joy we welcome the news that Our Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Leonard P. Blair of the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, to be the new Archbishop of Hartford,” outgoing Archbishop Henry J. Mansell said Oct. 29. Bishop Blair, 64, will … [Read more...]