Pope taps secretary to head papal household, after Vatileaks

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2012 / 09:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI named his private secretary as the new head of the papal household, an important post because it carries the responsibility of coordinating the pontiff’s schedule and deciding who is able to meet with him. Monsignor Georg Gänswein was appointed as the new leader of the papal household on Dec. 7, after the American Cardinal James M. Harvey had served in the position for nearly 15 years. As part of … [Read more...]

Vatican hopes ‘Scrinium’ trips will spread pilgrimage to young

Rome, Italy, Dec 6, 2012 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is introducing a set of short trips to holy sites aimed at introducing young people to the concept of pilgrimage and teaching them about the Catholic faith. "This is a way to reach a different public like younger people, who wouldn’t normally contact Rome’s pilgrim office," said Rosamaria Mancini, manager of the Vatican’s Jospers community, an organization for pilgrims created by the Rome's … [Read more...]

Pope expected to have 1 million Twitter followers by launch

Vatican City, Dec 6, 2012 / 10:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Council for Social Communications is expecting one million total followers in eight languages when Pope Benedict issues his first tweet on Dec. 12. "It's not unreasonable to think we'll have reached one million followers by the day of the launch," said Monsignor Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. "Then, on that day it's likely they'll tweet, which will … [Read more...]

Pope makes second appeal for Congo as situation worsens

Vatican City, Dec 5, 2012 / 01:38 pm (CNA).- The Pope has repeated his plea for international humanitarian aid in the Democratic Republic of Congo just two months after his last appeal for the country. "I renew my call for dialogue and ask the international community to work to provide for the needs of the population," he told the thousands of people at the Dec. 5 general audience. Pope Benedict XVI previously appealed for the country's peace during his Angelus on Sept. 30, … [Read more...]

Vatican office to launch Pope smartphone app

Vatican City, Dec 5, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, announced that his office is designing a new app on Pope Benedict for smartphones. Called “The Pope,” the new app for iPhones and iPads will be sent to Apple for approval next week, said Gustavo Entrala of the Spanish communications firm 101.   The app will allow users to follow the Pope's speeches and homilies live … [Read more...]

Pope: Advent is time to focus on God’s loving plan

Vatican City, Dec 5, 2012 / 10:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Church celebrates the season of Advent, Pope Benedict said that Catholics should remember “God is present” and recall his “plan of loving goodness.” "Advent invites us, in the midst of many difficulties, to renew the assurance that God is present," he told thousands in his general audience at the Vatican on Dec. 5. Pope Benedict XVI called Advent the time which prepares us for the coming of … [Read more...]

Evangelization, societal challenges will be focus of Americas summit

Vatican City, Dec 4, 2012 / 01:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Church leaders from North, Central and South America are meeting in Rome to discuss the New Evangelization across the region and discover how the Church can respond to shared societal problems. "Three things stand out to me as particularly important for our discussion at the conference next week," said Carl Anderson, head of the Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic fraternal organization. "Firstly, that … [Read more...]