Thai faithful echo Pope’s call for peace in Syria

Bangkok, Thailand, Sep 12, 2013 / 01:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics throughout Thailand – joined by Buddhists and Muslims in the country – have welcomed Pope Francis’ appeals for peace in Syria and throughout the world.The Catholic Bishops of Thailand worked through social media and archdiocesan websites to share the Pope’s call for prayer and fasting for peace in Syria on Sept. 7.“Thai bishops took this seriously to heart in spite of the unexpected short … [Read more...]

Archbishop Parolin: Pope’s reforms a return to Church basics

Rome, Italy, Sep 12, 2013 / 01:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- New Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin said Pope Francis' reform efforts are not revolutionary, but stem from a fidelity to Christ and continuity with foundational Church teachings.In an interview with the Venezuelan daily El Universal, he said that the Pope's vision does not include “returning to the past” in external ways, but “returning to the fundamental principles of the … [Read more...]

Vatican releases Pope’s busy schedule leading up to December

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2013 / 11:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has made public the packed schedule of liturgical activities Pope Francis will be involved in during the months of October and November.The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff also stated he will first partake in three celebrations in September, including a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria at Cagliari, Sardinia, on Sept. 22. The Pope will then celebrate Mass at Saint Peter’s … [Read more...]

Vatican willing to hand over accused nuncio to civil authorities

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2013 / 10:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican spokesman has said that the Holy See is willing to hand over a former nuncio accused of sexual misconduct to civil authorities in the Dominican Republic if requested to do so.Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, said that the Holy See continues to cooperate fully with ongoing investigations into Archbishop Józef Wesolowski, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic.Because there is no … [Read more...]

Romanian martyr hailed as reminder of freedom in Christ

Bucharest, Romania, Sep 12, 2013 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Monsignor Vladimir Ghika, a martyr under the 20th century communist government in Romania, was beatified on Aug. 31, recognized as a witness to Christian freedom despite persecution.“He was a living example that in Christ you are a freeman and you can’t be enslaved even if you are thrown in jail or persecuted,” said Fr. Chris Terhes, communications director of the Romanian Eparchy of St. George's in Canton, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis urges faithful to help meet refugees’ needs

Rome, Italy, Sep 12, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis called for solidarity with refugees during his Tuesday visit to a Jesuit refugee center in Rome, reminding Christians of their duty to help meet the newcomers' needs.He lamented how many times refugees have been “forced to live in impoverished conditions, at times degrading, without the possibility of beginning a dignified life, to think about a new future!”The Pope voiced special concern for the refugee … [Read more...]

Stockton diocese faces possible bankruptcy over abuse lawsuits

Stockton, Calif., Sep 12, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishop of Stockton, California has told his parishioners that all the funds for settling sexual abuse lawsuits have been used, and that bankruptcy may be the only option for financial reorganization.“We continue to investigate our options, and no final decisions have been reached. I feel, however, that it is important to tell you that options other than filing for bankruptcy protection have not emerged,” Bishop … [Read more...]


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