Seminarians in the Holy Land anticipate Pope’s visit

Jerusalem, Israel, May 21, 2014 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Holy Land prepares for the visit of Pope Francis, Catholic seminarians are praying for the visit's success and preparing with great anticipation to assist in a papal Mass. “Everywhere, in the Holy Land, people are praying for Pope Francis,” Joseph Sweiss, a Catholic seminarian from the area of Amman, Jordan, told Aid to the Church in Need. “We are so greatly looking forward to welcoming him. We … [Read more...]

Pope names bishop for England’s Hallam diocese

London, England, May 20, 2014 / 06:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on May 20 appointed Bishop Ralph Heskett of Gibraltar to become the next Bishop of Hallam in England’s South Yorkshire county. Hallam’s retiring bishop John Anthony Rawsthorne commended him to the prayers of the faithful in a May 20 message posted to his diocese’s website. “I have no doubt at all that you will welcome him with great warmth and will rejoice with me at his appointment,” said … [Read more...]

Anti-human trafficking effort launched ahead of World Cup

Rome, Italy, May 20, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. embassy to the Holy See has partnered with women religious in a new anti-human trafficking campaign being launched ahead of July's World Cup in Brazil. “Combating this scourge is an important goal of both the United States and the Catholic Church,” U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Ken Hackett stated in comments read aloud by the embassy’s public affairs officer Antoinette Hurtado during a May 20 press … [Read more...]

Follow Christ, Pope Francis tells the bishops of Italy

Vatican City, May 20, 2014 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his address Monday at the opening of the Italian bishops’ general assembly – the first time a Pope has delivered the inaugural lecture – Pope Francis reflected on the nature of episcopal ministry. The Bishop of Rome and Primate of Italy began his May 19 talk at the Vatican’s Synod Hall by reflecting on Christ’s exhortation to St. Peter, the first Bishop of Rome, to “follow me,” saying, … [Read more...]

Ordination stats show need for greater Latino representation

Washington D.C., May 20, 2014 / 01:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A survey of men to be ordained in the U.S. in 2014 shows a slightly younger ordination class, though the U.S. bishops still hope to increase the number of priests and specifically Hispanic priests. “The number of new priests remains steady and the quality of the new priests is stellar. They have a solid educational background to minister in the contemporary U.S. Church,” Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, chair of the U.S. … [Read more...]

Catholic religious in South Sudan plead for peace

Juba, South Sudan, May 20, 2014 / 12:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic religious congregations of South Sudan have urged their countrymen to reject violence, calling on the country’s leaders to honor the terms of a recent peace agreement. “We say ‘No!’ to all kind of violence or whatever action that degrades human life and its dignity,” the religious congregations’ leaders said in a May 15 message. “Too much blood has been shed in this land. Too … [Read more...]

Pope warns against superficial peace that rusts and fades away

Vatican City, May 20, 2014 / 07:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis cautioned attendees not to place their security in the worldly peace of wealth, vanity or power, but rather in that offered by Jesus, which is the only one that lasts. “Money does not give you a definitive peace. Just think, metal also rusts! What does it mean? A stock market crash and all your money is gone! It is not a secure peace: It is a superficial temporal peace,” the Pope explained in … [Read more...]