Vatican stem cell event aims for wide cultural impact

Vatican City, Apr 9, 2013 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's upcoming conference on adult stem cell research aims to influence culture by promoting dialogue between politicians, medical researchers, journalists and students on the latest developments.   Monsignor Tomasz Trafny, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture's Science and Faith foundation, explained to journalists April 9 that the event hopes to impact society by “pointing to research models of … [Read more...]

Next Fargo bishop hopes to copy Pope’s service

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2013 / 10:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Monsignor John T. Folda, who has been appointed Bishop of Fargo by Pope Francis, says he hopes to follow the Pope’s example of service, simplicity and joyful faith. “I only hope I can follow the beautiful example of service, simplicity, and joyful faith that he has already shown the world,” said Bishop-designate Folda in a statement released April 8. “It is certainly an honor to be chosen by him for this … [Read more...]

Pope considering Secretariat of State overhaul

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2013 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A top official who works at the Secretariat of State says Pope Francis is thinking about streamlining his department by combining it with another Vatican government body.   According to the source – who requested anonymity in an April 6 interview with CNA – the Pope is considering simplifying the Curia by combining a part of the Secretariat of State’s first section with the Vatican City State’s administration. … [Read more...]

Pope appoints Bishop Jackels to lead Dubuque archdiocese

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2013 / 05:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Michael O. Jackels received an early birthday present of sorts when Pope Francis named him April 8 to lead the Archdiocese of Dubuque. The Vatican press office made the appointment public just after noon Rome time, saying that the Pope also accepted the resignation of current Archbishop Jerome G. Hanus. The announcement cited canon law 401, section two as the reason Archbishop Hanus is stepping down. This means that he has … [Read more...]

Pope appoints Bishop Jackels to lead Dubuque archdiocese

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2013 / 05:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Michael O. Jackels received an early birthday present of sorts when Pope Francis named him April 8 to lead the Archdiocese of Dubuque. The Vatican press office made the appointment public just after noon Rome time, saying that the Pope also accepted the resignation of current Archbishop Jerome G. Hanus. The announcement cited canon law 401, section two as the reason Archbishop Hanus is stepping down. This means that he has … [Read more...]

Pope calls for courage to accept God’s mercy

Rome, Italy, Apr 7, 2013 / 10:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis took possession of his cathedral as Bishop of Rome and spoke about how God’s mercy and patience should challenge everyone to find the courage to accept his love.“Dear brothers and sisters,” he began his homily, “let us be enveloped by the mercy of God; let us trust in his patience, which always gives us more time. Let us find the courage to return to his house, to dwell in his loving wounds, allowing … [Read more...]

Pope: we are part of those who believe without seeing

Vatican City, Apr 7, 2013 / 07:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the Feast of Divine Mercy, Pope Francis emphasized that when Jesus said “blessed are those who do not see and yet believe,” he also referred to those who believed the testimony of the Apostles and everyone today who hears the witness of Christians and believes.“And who were they who believed without seeing? Other disciples, men and women of Jerusalem that, while they did not meet the resurrected Jesus, believed in the … [Read more...]


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