Lasallian Brothers elect American superior general

Rome, Italy, May 21, 2014 / 04:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The French-founded Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools have elected Brother Robert Schieler, an American with extensive education experience, as their new superior general. “I am humbled by this great challenge the brothers have given me, to be able to follow in the footsteps of our holy founder St. La Salle,” Br. Schieler said in a video message after his election. “I know that anything that can be … [Read more...]

Children to receive First Communion at papal Mass in Jordan

Amman, Jordan, May 21, 2014 / 02:26 pm (CNA).- Some 1400 boys and girls from Jordan will receive First Communion during the Mass Pope Francis will celebrate on the first day of his trip to the Holy Land at the Amman International Stadium. “The preparation for the celebration, which began four months ago, has involved the parents of the children, with catechism classes taught each Friday by priests, religious, catechists and religion teachers,” said Father Rifat Bader of the … [Read more...]

Ambassador: diversity of papal delegation speaks of dialogue

Vatican City, May 21, 2014 / 10:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In comments made to CNA, the Israeli Ambassador to the Holy See noted that the presence of both a rabbi and a Muslim in the Pope’s delegation to the Holy Land is a milestone in interreligious relations. “For the first time in history Rabbi Skorka from Argentina, who is a friend of Pope Francis, will accompany him but also a Muslim religious leader, Imam Abbud, also from Argentina,” Dr. Zion Evrony told CNA May … [Read more...]

Gift of knowledge attunes us to vision of God, Pope says

Vatican City, May 21, 2014 / 05:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience address Pope Francis spoke on the Holy Spirit’s gift of knowledge, explaining that it enlightens our human perspective and helps us to see God in the whole of creation. “The gift of knowledge puts us in tune with God’s gaze on things and on people” the Pope reflected in his May 21 weekly general audience, continuing his catechesis on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. “Through … [Read more...]

Bishops’ synod head: October meeting not solely about divorce

Vatican City, May 21, 2014 / 03:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, has emphasized that the next synod will not be focused exclusively on the much-talked about issue of Communion for the divorced and remarried. “I would like to remind you that the next assembly of the synod of bishops is titled ‘the pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.’ So the synod will deal with the family in its … [Read more...]

Under pressure to convert, Zanzibar Christians concerned for future

Dodoma, Tanzania, May 21, 2014 / 02:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of the small Christian minority on the Tanzanian islands of Zanzibar are suffering intimidation and now fear that their children will be coerced to convert to Islam, one resident said. “If we go to church on Sunday, we have to go through a crowd of people who often try to intimidate us,” a Catholic man speaking under the pseudonym Matthew Limo told the Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need. The … [Read more...]

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...]