Pope salutes his favorite soccer team

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2013 / 08:05 am (CNA).- Diverse groups from around the world were present at this morning’s general audience, but one – the Pope’s favorite soccer team – received a greeting from the pontiff that no one else did. As he moved through the list of those present at the April 10 assembly, he came to the only delegation from his homeland and said,  “Ah, this is very important!” That group was made up of representatives from the Saint … [Read more...]

Pope celebrates Mass with America’s highest-ranking Latino bishop

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2013 / 05:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope celebrated Mass with Archbishop José H. Gomez, the highest-ranking American bishop of Hispanic origin, on the feast of the Lord’s Annunciation. “It was a very special Eucharist for me because we were celebrating the Annunciation and I was ordained a Bishop in Denver on the Solemnity of the Annunciation in 2001,” Archbishop Gomez said in an April 8 Facebook post. “During the Mass,” the … [Read more...]

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...]


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