Details on Pope’s Lebanon trip released

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2012 / 07:02 pm (CNA).- Details have been released on Pope Benedict's Sept.14-16 visit to Lebanon, where the pontiff is slated to sign his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Church in the Middle East. The document will be the Pope’s response to the deliberations of the Synod of Bishops of the Middle East held at the Vatican in October 2010. The topic for discussion then was “The Catholic Church in the Middle East: Communion and Witness.” … [Read more...]

Slovakian archbishop removed from post

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2012 / 03:16 pm (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI removed Archbishop Robert Bezak of Trnava, Slovakia from the pastoral care of his archdiocese without explanation on July 2. According to Italian media, the 52-year-old archbishop – who took over the archdiocese in 2009 – was removed for administrative reasons. Archbishop Bezak read a letter about the action during July 1 Sunday Mass at the cathedral in Trnava, noting that the Vatican asked him not to talk to the … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict leaves Vatican for summer residence

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2012 / 10:15 am (CNA).- On July 3, Pope Benedict left the Vatican for his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, located outside of Rome. According to the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household, private and special audiences will be suspended over the summer months. The Pope's Wednesday general audience – also deferred during the month of July – will resume at Castel Gandolfo on Aug. 1. “On Sundays and Solemnities during this period, the Pope will … [Read more...]

Pope names German bishop as new head of doctrinal office

Vatican City, Jul 2, 2012 / 10:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller of Regensburg, Germany as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and leader of three other important commissions. Bishop Muller, whom the Pope elevated to archbishop, will also head the Pontifical Biblical Commission, the International Theological Commission and the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, which oversees Catholics who celebrate the traditional … [Read more...]

Pope: healthcare workers can learn from Christ’s miracles

Vatican City, Jul 1, 2012 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Jesus Christ’s miraculous healing of the daughter of Jairus and a woman who suffered from a hemorrhage should inspire healthcare workers to care for the entire person, physical and spiritual, Pope Benedict XVI said July 1.“In this invaluable service, one must first be professionally competent – it is a primary, fundamental requirement – but this alone is not enough,” said the Pope in his Sunday Angelus … [Read more...]

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...]