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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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‘How’s the joy in your home?’ Pope asks families

Vatican City, Oct 27, 2013 / 09:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the Sunday Mass held during the “Day for the Family” in Rome, Pope Francis questioned pilgrims about the harmony of their home lives.“I would like to ask a question today. Everyone – how will you carry joy home in your heart? How’s the joy in your home? How’s the joy in your family?” he asked during his Oct. 27 homily.“The family which experiences the joy of faith communicates it … [Read more...]

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Sacraments are not mere ‘decorations,’ insists Pope

Vatican City, Oct 26, 2013 / 03:31 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis met with families from around the world today in a celebration of the joy of family life, telling them that the sacraments provide real grace to aid in the challenges everyone faces.“The sacraments don’t just decorate life!” exclaimed the Pope to the crowds filling St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 26. “They are to give us strength of life!”The event was held during the Year of Faith in order for … [Read more...]

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Anglican scholar, Catholic theologian awarded Ratzinger prize

Rome, Italy, Oct 26, 2013 / 11:21 am (CNA).- At the conclusion of an international symposium in Rome, Pope Francis granted the prestigious "Joseph Ratzinger award" to two professors for their exemplary scholarship in theology.The winners were the Anglican Rev. Canon Professor Richard Burridge, Dean of Kings College, London, and Catholic professor of theology Christian Schaller, vice director of the Pope Benedict XVI institute of Regensburg, Germany.“Special congratulations … [Read more...]

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