Pope taps Dallas bishop to head new Vatican department for laity

Vatican City, Aug 17, 2016 / 04:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas has been appointed the head of Francis’ new 'mega-dicastery' for laity, family, and life – a decision that marks the second major appointment of an American to a Vatican position this summer.The news of Bishop Farrell’s appointment as head of the new dicastery was announced in an Aug. 17 communique from the Vatican, and falls less than a month after another American, Greg Burke, … [Read more...]

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Young priest whom Pope encouraged in battle against cancer dies

Santiago, Chile, Aug 17, 2016 / 12:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A man of God. Someone who endured illness with faith and fortitude until the end. This is how those who knew Father Francisco Rencoret remembered him.The 35-year-old Chilean priest died of cancer early August 13.Ordained in 2013, Fr. Rencoret had been studying Canon Law at the Gregorian University in Rome. He was forced to return home to Chile in order to receive cancer treatments after his diagnosis.In recent weeks, expectations … [Read more...]

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This Mexican bishop is willing to evangelize from jail, if necessary

Cuernavaca, Mexico, Aug 16, 2016 / 10:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid allegations of interference in politics after receiving demonstrators critical of the governor of the state of Morelos, Bishop Ramón Castro Castro of Cuernavaca has said he is not afraid of facing prison.“ If I go to prison, no problem; from there I'll do the work of evangelization,” Bishop Castro told local daily El Sol de Cautla.“We're awaiting notification, and I want to thank the … [Read more...]

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California religious colleges dodge a bullet. But what’s next?

Sacramento, Calif., Aug 16, 2016 / 04:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A bill that threatened to defund California religious colleges that do not accept same-sex marriage and gender ideology has been amended, but the danger could return.“The schools dodged an enormous bullet,” Gregory S. Baylor, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, told CNA Aug. 16. “The provisions that were dropped would have made it very difficult for them. They would have been forced to choose between … [Read more...]

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Amid Louisiana floods, victims become helpers

Baton Rouge, La., Aug 16, 2016 / 11:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In southern Louisiana, the flooding is perhaps unprecedented. And the local Catholic Charities is stepping up to help, even as its own staff is affected by the disasters.“This is something that we’ve never experienced before,” David C. Aguillard, executive director of Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge, told CNA.“We’re the disaster capital of the world down here. We’ve had oil spills, rig fires, … [Read more...]

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Lourdes increased its security for the Assumption

Lourdes, France, Aug 16, 2016 / 11:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The popular pilgrimage site at Lourdes, France beefed up its security Monday for the Solemnity of the Assumption.About 500 security force members were present, along with patrol dogs, according to the BBC, which reported that around 25,000 pilgrims visited Lourdes for the Marian feast day.Dogmatically defined in 1950, the Assumption celebrates Mary, the mother of Jesus, being assumed into heaven, body and soul, when her earthly life … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis voices solidarity, closeness to victims of Portugal fires

Vatican City, Aug 16, 2016 / 10:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Tuesday, Pope Francis voiced his sorrow for the damage done by wildfires raging on the Portuguese island of Madeira, entrusting the victims to the intercession of Our Lady and offering his closeness to their families.In a letter published Aug. 16 and signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Pope expresses his dismay at the terrible news and asks for his condolences to be conveyed “to the families of the … [Read more...]

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