Protestors disrupt bishop’s installation in Chile: 5 keys to understanding the controversy

Santiago, Chile, Mar 24, 2015 / 05:11 pm (CNA).- A group of protesters attempted to stop the installation of Bishop Juan Barros Madrid as the new bishop of Osorno in southern Chile, pushing the bishop and throwing objects at him during the March 21 Mass. The protestors accuse Bishop Barros of covering up sexual abuse committed by Fr. Fernando Karadima. The bishop has repeatedly denied it. The story was picked up this weekend by international news media. Here are some keys to … [Read more...]

Vatican invites 150 homeless for dinner, private tour of Sistine Chapel

Vatican City, Mar 24, 2015 / 01:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In addition to food, umbrellas, sleeping bags, showers and haircuts, the Vatican is now offering Rome’s homeless the gift of beauty. On Thursday afternoon, 150 homeless persons will receive a special ticket for the Vatican Museums given by the office for papal charities. They will then be divided into three separate groups with a guide, Vatican Insider reports. Before heading into the museums, the homeless guests will also … [Read more...]

Vatican offers solidarity for victims of Alps plane crash

Digne, France, Mar 24, 2015 / 01:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After a Germanwings Airbus carrying 150 people crashed Tuesday in the French Alps, the Holy See has assured the Pope's prayers for the departed and has offered solidarity with the victims’ families. “Having learned of the tragic plane crash in the Digne region, which has claimed numerous victims, including several children, His Holiness Pope Francis joins in their families mourning, showing his closeness to their … [Read more...]

Reclaiming the human figure – art exhibit uses body, form to evangelize

Washington D.C., Mar 24, 2015 / 04:25 am (CNA).- Can a portrait of a human face evangelize? Curators of a brand-new traveling art exhibit answer a resounding “Yes.” “There is really great Christian art being made today and we need to promote and support it,” stated Terrence McKeegan, an organizer of the “One Faith: East and West” exhibit featuring contemporary Christian artists from three continents. “Figurative art has been a common denominator … [Read more...]

German prelate breaks rank with Cardinal Marx, insists on fidelity to Rome

Munich, Germany, Mar 24, 2015 / 02:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A German cardinal has publicly opposed the words of two other German bishops who have suggested that the nation’s Church can form its own policies without direction from Rome. Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes published a letter earlier this month objecting to the pronouncements of prominent leaders of the Church in Germany that the nation's bishops' conference will pursue its own program of pastoral care for marriages and … [Read more...]

A new hope: the Church of Naples after Pope Francis’ visit

Naples, Italy, Mar 24, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit to Naples on Saturday fostered the commitment of the local Church to combat corruption and to continue work on the ground that has already born much fruits in the city's peripheries, according to an official. “Our plan now is the most challenging one: being able to reach a sort of normality in our territories,” Fr. Tonino Palmese, vicar of charity for the Archdiocese of Naples, told CNA March … [Read more...]

A ‘spiritual oasis’ – Southern Arabian cathedral celebrates 50 years

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Mar 23, 2015 / 05:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vicariate Apostolic of Southern Arabia, which serves the more than 2 million Catholics in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Yemen, last week celebrated the 50th anniversary of its cathedral parish. On March 19, Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia, said a Mass of thanksgiving to mark the anniversary of the founding of St. Joseph's Cathedral, located in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab … [Read more...]