Catholic archbishop aids Muslim refugees in Central African Republic

Bangui, Central African Republic, Jun 16, 2014 / 03:53 pm (CNA).- A Catholic archbishop in the violence-ridden Central African Republic recently reached out to a group of 600 Muslim refugees, saying that the love of Christ must drive the faithful to action. “The flight of Muslims from central Africa is a grave problem. If we do not want them to associate Christians with those who have caused them harm, they need to be helped by Christians,” Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga of … [Read more...]

New York archdiocese receives three new auxiliary bishops

New York City, N.Y., Jun 16, 2014 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday appointed three auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of New York, including one priest who ministered at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York praised the bishops-to-be as “seasoned pastors” with “years of acclaimed ministry in all areas of the archdiocese.” “Congratulations to our new auxiliary bishops, and I know that … [Read more...]

‘Humble charity’ overcomes corruption, Pope Francis preaches

Vatican City, Jun 16, 2014 / 01:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Monday denounced corruption among those in authority in politics, business, and the Church, urging Christians to overcome it through both service and charity. “Corruption is precisely the sin that the person with authority – whether political, economic or ecclesiastical – over others has most readily to hand,” the Pope said in his June 16 homily during Mass at the chapel of Casa Santa Marta. … [Read more...]

Rome church restoration boosted by unique 3D scanner

Rome, Italy, Jun 15, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Assisting in restoration and reconstruction for artists and architects alike, 3D scanner technology has recently been used to create unique point cloud models of churches and frescoes in Rome. “The technology of the laser scanner offers great advantages for the technician and the engineer that uses it, especially in terms of the time invested,” said Rome-based architect Danilo Prosperi. “The time it takes to create a … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Europe is tired, must be rejuvenated

Rome, Italy, Jun 15, 2014 / 03:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a visit to a community dedicated to serving the poor and needy, Pope Francis warned of the poverty of Europe which faces a declining birthrate, hidden forms of euthanasia, and high rates of unemployment. “Today I speak of Europe. Europe is tired. We have to help rejuvenate it, to find its roots. It’s true: it has disowned its roots. It’s true. But we need to help it find them,” he said to the St. Egidio … [Read more...]

Pope invites Romans, pilgrims to Eucharistic procession

Vatican City, Jun 15, 2014 / 06:30 am (CNA).- During his Sunday Angelus remarks reflecting on divine love, Pope Francis invited all the Romans and pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square to join in a Eucharistic procession later this week. “Next Thursday, according to Roman tradition, we will celebrate holy Mass at St. John Lateran and then we will make a procession with the Blessed Sacrament. I invite Romans and pilgrims to participate in order to express our desire to be a … [Read more...]

Path to synod is ‘time of grace,’ bishop says

Rome, Italy, Jun 15, 2014 / 05:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican official has said that the period before the upcoming bishops’ synods on the family will be a time of grace and prayer that allows the Church to pray and reflect about the family in all of its aspects. “We are all working on the family. We should rediscover the family as a domestic church. We are all anyway convinced that family is fundamental for life of society,” Bishop Fabio Fabene, the under-secretary of … [Read more...]