Successor to Opus Dei founder moves toward beatification

Vatican City, Jun 29, 2012 / 01:02 pm (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI has approved a decree recognizing the heroic virtues of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the successor of St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, founder of Opus Dei. “Bishop Alvaro is remembered by so many men and women as a priest of peace, loyal to his commitment of love to God, very united to the Church and to the Roman Pontiff,” remarked Bishop Javier Echevarria, current prelate of Opus Dei. “With love and total … [Read more...]

Pope upholds Saints Peter, Paul as witnesses of Christian brotherhood

Vatican City, Jun 29, 2012 / 09:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI reflected that St. Peter and St. Paul are prime examples of the brotherhood that all Christians should live in Jesus Christ.   “Peter and Paul, much as they differ from one another in human terms and notwithstanding the conflicts that arose in their relationship, illustrate a new way of being brothers, lived according to the Gospel, an authentic way made possible by the grace of Christ’s Gospel working … [Read more...]

True greatness found in humble service, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2012 / 09:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says that the path to real greatness in life is not found in self-promotion but in sacrificial love towards God and other people.   “Human logic,” the Pope said June 27, “often seeks self-realization in power, dominion, in powerful means.” But the “incarnation and the cross,” he added, “remind us that full realization is found in conforming our human will to the Father, … [Read more...]

American bishop appointed as key player in SSPX negotiations

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2012 / 12:05 am (CNA).- Pope Benedict has appointed a Rome-based American archbishop to be a key player in the negotiations between the Vatican and the breakaway traditionalist group, the Society of St. Pius X. “The Holy Father has appointed as Vice President of the Pontifical Commission ‘Ecclesia Dei’ His Excellency Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia, titular archbishop of Oregon City, now Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the … [Read more...]

Pope grieves with earthquake-hit region of Italy

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2012 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI visited the northern Italian region of Emilia Romagna to express his solidarity with those affected by back-to-back earthquakes that have killed 26 people and injured many more in the past month. “Ever since the beginning of the earthquake which affected you I have been close to you with my prayers and concern,” said the Pope to people in the small town of Rovereto Di Novi near Modena June 26. “But … [Read more...]

Vatican outfitted with first electric car

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2012 / 04:05 pm (CNA).- The NWG auto company has given Pope Benedict XVI a gift for his consistent concern for the environment – the Vatican’s first electric-powered vehicle. After meeting with the pontiff, the founders of the company, Francesco D’Antini and Antonio Rainone, presented the car during a ceremony with Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi. The event included a blessing of the car and a prayer to St. Christopher, the patron of … [Read more...]

Pope accepts Argentina bishop’s resignation

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2012 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of an Argentinean bishop who admitted a romantic relationship with a woman photographed with him on a beach in Mexico. The resignation of Bishop Fernando Maria Bargallo of Merlo-Moreno, the diocese west of Buenos Aires, was accepted June 26 under a provision of canon law allowing bishops to resign if they become unsuited for their office for a “grave reason.” The Pope has … [Read more...]