New auxiliary bishop named for Sacramento

Vatican City, Jan 24, 2014 / 03:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has announced that Msgr. Myron Joseph Cotta of Fresno has been assigned as the new auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Sacramento, Calif. “I am humbled by the faith the Holy Father and the papal nuncio have placed in me,” said Bishop-designate Cotta in a Jan. 24 press release announcing his appointment. “As I prepare to leave the Diocese of Fresno, I thank God for the call to the episcopacy and for the … [Read more...]

New Harrisburg, Pa. bishop ‘stunned’ by appointment

Vatican City, Jan 24, 2014 / 09:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced that Bishop Ronald Gainer will be leaving his post in Lexington, Ky. to take the helm in the diocese of Harrisburg, Pa. – a transfer which is both a surprise and a joy. “While I was completely surprised and, quite frankly, stunned by the news of my transfer, I willingly and happily accept our Supreme Pastor’s decision as God’s will for us and for me,” Bishop Gainer stated in a Jan. 24 … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: swallow ‘toads’ of pride in order to dialogue

Vatican City, Jan 24, 2014 / 08:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of being humble in order to dialogue with others, and emphasized that we should not build “walls” that can foster resentment with others. “Humility, meekness, becoming all things to everyone and also – but this is not written in the Bible – all of us know that to do these things you have to swallow so many toads. But, we must do it,” the Pope … [Read more...]

Opus Dei bishop’s beatification set for Madrid

Vatican City, Jan 24, 2014 / 12:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the second leader of Opus Dei, will be beatified in his birthplace of Madrid on Sept. 27, the Vatican has announced. The current Prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Javier Echevarría, said the Vatican’s Jan. 21 announcement of the beatification ceremony was a “moment of profound joy.” He said Bishop del Portillo “loved and served the Church so much.” Cardinal Angelo Amato, … [Read more...]

US celebrates 30 years of diplomacy with the Vatican

Vatican City, Jan 23, 2014 / 05:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See's founding, new Ambassador Ken Hackett lauded the many fruits borne from the relationship, expressing his hope to help bear more. “The relationships that have grown between our government and the Holy See over that period have been phenomenal,” Hackett told CNA Jan. 23 at a reception held in honor of the event. “Look what happened in the collapse of the … [Read more...]

‘Poison’ of jealousy destroys communities, stresses Pope

Vatican City, Jan 23, 2014 / 08:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis warned against the dangers of envy, explaining that it is a sin which fosters bitterness against our brothers, stifles our joy and inhibits us from truly praising God. When someone in a Christian community suffers from jealousy, the community “ends up divided: one against the other,” the Pope explained in his Jan. 23 daily Mass, emphasizing that “this is a strong poison – a poison … [Read more...]

Media should foster culture of encounter, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jan 23, 2014 / 04:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first message for World Communication Day, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of creating a culture of encounter, highlighting how media should always be a service which goes out to meet others. “A culture of encounter demands that we be ready not only to give, but also to receive,” the Pope stated in his Jan. 23 message,” adding that “media can help us greatly in this, especially nowadays, when the … [Read more...]