Major appointments awaited after cardinals’ October meeting

Vatican City, Aug 24, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite rumors about the supposedly imminent appointment of a new Secretary of State, Pope Francis will not be making any major appointments before October, Vatican insiders maintain.“Pope Francis is not in a hurry to appoint a new Secretary of State, and he could also decide to keep Bertone at his post until he will turn 80,” a source familiar with the Vatican Secretariat of State who asked for anonymity told CNA Aug. … [Read more...]

New LCWR head says assessment is about Church’s future

Orlando, Fla., Aug 24, 2013 / 10:15 am (CNA).- Sister Carol Zinn, the newly elected head of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, said the Vatican’s doctrinal assessment of the conference is “much more about the future” of the Catholic Church and not primarily about the conference itself.“As women of the Church, we will discern how to move through the turbulent aftermath of the doctrinal assessment,” Sr. Zinn, a member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, said … [Read more...]

No real cooperation from women’s religious group, author says

South Bend, Ind., Aug 24, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite a shift in tone, virtually no progress has been made toward the Vatican's goals for the reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, says an author who has closely followed the group.Group members “are making an effort to be more conciliatory, at least verbally,” said Ann Carey, author of the 1997 book “Sisters in Crisis: The Tragic Unraveling of Women's Religious Communities” and … [Read more...]

Protest over Egypt violence draws hundreds to nation’s capital

Washington D.C., Aug 23, 2013 / 05:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of Egyptian Christians and Muslims gathered in Washington. D.C., on Aug. 22 to protest acts of terror directed against minorities – particularly Coptic Christians – in Egypt.“You can burn down our churches, but you can never touch our faith,” said one protester at the march. “Burning 100 churches is terrorism, not Morsi legitimacy,” said another.Violence erupted in Egypt after government … [Read more...]

Change in baptismal rite emphasizes Church’s identity

Vatican City, Aug 23, 2013 / 04:09 pm (CNA).- In one of his last acts as Pope, Benedict XVI approved changed wording in the rite of baptism which emphasizes “the Church of God” as the community into which the baptized individual has been incorporated.After having baptized a child, the minister will now receive him, saying, “The Church of God welcomes you with great joy,” according to a Feb. 22 decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship signed by Cardinal Antonio … [Read more...]

Faith can overcome secularism, Archbishop Chaput tells Latinos

Los Angeles, Calif., Aug 23, 2013 / 03:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Stressing the importance of personal witness to counter secular trends among Hispanics, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia today praised the work of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders. “Hispanic culture still has a soul formed by an encounter with Jesus Christ, and the humanity and compassion that flow from it,” Archbishop Chaput said Aug. 23 at the association's national … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to meet with refugees in Rome next month

Vatican City, Aug 23, 2013 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a few weeks, Pope Francis will make a short trip outside the walls of the Vatican City to the center of Rome to visit a group of refugees.On the afternoon of Sept. 10, he will greet those who receive free meals at the Jesuit Refugee Center, located at the mother church of the Jesuits.The Society of Jesus – or Jesuits – have been running the Center Astalli, located behind the Church of the Gesù, for 13 years, … [Read more...]


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