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...]

Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Gassis of El Obeid, Sudan

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2013 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Monday accepted the resignation of Bishop Macram Max Gassis of El Obeid, in Sudan, upon having reached the age limit of 75. Bishop Gassis was succeeded Oct. 28 by his coadjutor, Bishop Michael Didi Adgum Mangoria, 54, who has served as apostolic administrator of the diocese since August, 2010. Bishop Gassis had been head of the diocese since May 1988. He joined the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus in 1957, … [Read more...]

Jesus continues to pray for us from heaven, urges Pope

Vatican City, Oct 28, 2013 / 10:16 am (CNA).- Pope Francis devoted his morning homily to the fact that Jesus prayed for his apostles and the people he encountered on earth, highlighting that he still prays for us in heaven.When we pray to Jesus, the Pope stressed, Jesus shows his Father in heaven the wounds on his hands, feet and his side, the price of our salvation, which “is as if he is saying: Father, may this not be lost!”The pontiff directed his Oct. 28, 2013 homily to … [Read more...]

Vatican restorers: Art preservation a great responsibility

Vatican City, Oct 28, 2013 / 08:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Those in charge of the restoration of various types of artwork in the Vatican museums stress that the preservation of such treasures is necessary on both a historical and an educational level. “I really feel that I remove the old varnish and I can see what is the state of engraving, the original state of engraving, but I do really step by step because we need to think what we do exactly because it is a big responsibility,” … [Read more...]

Tridentine Mass draws international pilgrims to Rome

Rome, Italy, Oct 27, 2013 / 09:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The road leading to St. Peter’s Square was packed on Saturday morning: but not with the usual tourists or merchants. Instead, a long line of pilgrims processed along the street carrying candles and singing hymns.They were participants in an international pilgrimage to Rome celebrating the Extraordinary Form of the Mass made widely available by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in 2007.Bishop Fernando Areas Rifan of the Personal … [Read more...]