Holy See-Israel talks make ‘significant’ progress

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2012 / 04:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An agreement securing the rights of the Catholic Church in Israel is one step closer to being finalized after a meeting between both sides at the Vatican.“The negotiations took place in a thoughtful and constructive atmosphere,” said the June 12 communique from the Bilateral Permanent Working Commission between the Holy See and the State of Israel.“The Commission took notice that significant progress was made towards … [Read more...]

Late Miami bishop leaves $60,000 to Cuban diocese

Miami, Fla., Jun 12, 2012 / 03:58 pm (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Miami announced that Auxiliary Bishop Agustin Roman, who passed away April 11, left behind a donation of $60,000 for the Cuban Diocese of Matanzas.“He always maintained a great love for Cuba and especially the Province of Matanzas,” Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami said in a June 11 statement.The late auxiliary bishop was expelled from Cuba in 1961 along with 132 other priests. After ministering in Chile for a … [Read more...]

Vatican describes talks with US sisters as ‘open and cordial’

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2012 / 11:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has described talks with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious as open and cordial.“The meeting provided the opportunity for the Congregation and the LCWR officers to discuss the issues and concerns raised by the doctrinal assessment in an atmosphere of openness and cordiality,” said a statement issued by the Vatican press office June 12.In April 2012 … [Read more...]

Network bus tour illustrates Vatican’s objections, author says

Washington D.C., Jun 12, 2012 / 04:28 am (CNA).- An expert on women religious in the U.S. said that a bus tour announced by religious sisters who belonging to a “progressive” social justice organization demonstrates the Vatican’s concerns about certain groups of women religious in the country.Ann Carey, author of the 1997 book “Sisters in Crisis: The Tragic Unraveling of Women’s Religious Communities,” said that the move is likely a “public relations … [Read more...]

Archbishop Lori highlights role of laity in Fortnight for Freedom

Washington D.C., Jun 12, 2012 / 02:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore stressed the importance of laity involvement in efforts to defend religious freedom from the ongoing threats in the U.S.“It’s important, of course, for bishops to be teachers and leaders.” But “it is crucial for lay men and women, mothers and fathers of families, lay leaders in all walks of life to advocate for freedom and justice in our society,” Archbishop Lori … [Read more...]

Auxiliary bishop to head Philly’s St. Charles Borromeo Seminary

Philadelphia, Pa., Jun 12, 2012 / 12:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia has named Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Senior as rector of Philadelphia’s historic St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, saying the bishop will serve in the “demanding but also rewarding” role of priestly formation.“We need men who are equipped with the maturity, humility, zeal and pastoral skill to bring their people to Jesus Christ in today's challenging new … [Read more...]

One thousand more Syrian Christians flee after ultimatum

Beirut, Lebanon, Jun 11, 2012 / 05:41 pm (CNA).- An ultimatum from the Syrian armed opposition’s military chief caused over 1,000 Christians to flee the west Syrian town of Qusayr, adding to fears that believers may be forced out of Syria.“The Christian communities fear being targeted, destroyed or driven out,” said Neville Kyrke-Smith, Aid to the Church in Need’s U.K. director. “We all need to stand in prayer and solidarity now.”Kyrke-Smith, who … [Read more...]