New Rockville Center bishop was baptized by Fulton Sheen

Vatican City, Dec 9, 2016 / 05:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday the Vatican announced that Bishop John O. Barres of Allentown – who was baptized by the famed and saintly Archbishop Fulton Sheen – will be taking the helm in the Diocese of Rockville Center.“I must…thank the priests and the entire people of God of the Diocese of Allentown, where I have had the great blessing of serving as bishop for the last seven-and-a-half years,” Bishop Barres said in a Dec. 9 … [Read more...]

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Be like Mary – say yes to God, but not halfway, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Dec 8, 2016 / 04:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The contrast between the “no” of man in the Garden of Eden and the “yes” of Mary at the Annunciation was the heart of Pope Francis’ message for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, which he said is an opportunity for each person to renew their own commitment to God.When Mary says “I am the handmaid of the Lord” in response to the news that she will become the Mother of God, she doesn’t … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Through beauty, artists make the world better

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2016 / 02:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Beauty, under the care of artists, has the ability to transform even the everyday lives of men and women, Pope Francis said in a message for the annual meeting of the Pontifical Academies on Tuesday.Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin delivered the Pope's message during the 21st public session Dec. 6, before presenting the winning artists of this year's Pontifical Academies Award, who are chosen by the … [Read more...]

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Women at the Vatican form association for solidarity

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2016 / 02:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new association for women working in the Vatican announced Wednesday provides a personal and professional network for women to offer support to each other and to the community.Called simply “Donne in Vaticano,” or “Women in the Vatican,” a Dec. 7 communique said the association “intends to create a network of friendship, exchange and solidarity among all for personal and professional … [Read more...]

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New seminary doc talks clericalism, homosexuality, abuse prevention

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2016 / 12:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The updated version of the Vatican's document on priestly formation, released Wednesday, deals with issues of clericalism, homosexuality, and the protection of minors, among other things.“To be a good priest, in addition to having passed all the exams, a demonstrated human, spiritual and pastoral maturation is necessary,” Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, told L'Osservatore Romano … [Read more...]

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In new interview, Pope skewers journalists who focus on scandal

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2016 / 09:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis gave an interview to a Belgian magazine in which he cautioned media to avoid several major temptations, including the desire to always focus on scandal – which he compared to “coprophilia,” a mental illness in which a person has an abnormal interest in feces.“Media I think have to be very clean, very clean and very transparent. And not fall – without offending, please – into the sickness of … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Never for get to smile, even when life is hard

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2016 / 04:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Pope Francis, one of most needed virtues of modern time is hope, which is something he said must never be abandoned no matter how hard life gets, and which is often expressed in the simple act of a smile.Referring to the “dramatic moment” of Israel’s exile in the desert, Pope Francis said Dec. 7 that this time was especially hard for the people because they had lost everything, and felt “abandoned and without … [Read more...]

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