What Pope Francis wants us to learn from Mary’s Visitation

Vatican City, May 31, 2016 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily at daily Mass on Tuesday, Pope Francis pointed to Mary’s encounter with Elizabeth at the Visitation as a lesson in service and joy in the Christian life.“Serving others is a Christian sign,” he said during morning Mass in the Vatican’s Santa Marta residence, according to Vatican Radio.May 31 marks the Feast of the Visitation, commemorating how Mary, after learning that she is pregnant with … [Read more...]

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Philadelphia’s new auxiliary bishop accepts role with gratitude

Philadelphia, Pa., May 31, 2016 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Philadelphia priest Monsignor Edward Deliman will become the archdiocese’s new auxiliary bishop in August, and he says the prospect is humbling, and a lot to absorb.“I’ve been a priest for 43 years. I’ve loved and cherished every moment of it. To say that I’m humbled doesn’t adequately express my feelings about this announcement, but I am,” Bishop-designate Deliman said May … [Read more...]

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Catholics join outrage over sale of sacred Native American items

Gallup, N.M., May 30, 2016 / 04:02 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- Native Americans say a French auction house should return their sacred objects set to go on sale, and they have an ally in Bishop James S. Wall of Gallup, N.M.“My first reaction to this story was one of great sadness. It's tragic that this desire for personal profit from the sale of sacred objects is the ultimate goal,” Bishop Wall said. “These objects are sacred to the pueblo people and they belong to … [Read more...]

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George Clooney among celebrities honored by Pope Francis

Vatican City, May 30, 2016 / 08:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday, Pope Francis praised Hollywood actors George Clooney, Salma Hayek, and Richard Gere at a conference promoting a Vatican education initiative that helps poor communities.Speaking in the Paul VI's Synod Hall, the Pope reminded the celebrities of their responsibility to “help the world recover the language of gestures.”During the gathering, the actors received the “Olive Medal” of peace, which were … [Read more...]

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How Benedict XVI’s resignation changed the papacy

Vatican City, May 30, 2016 / 06:32 am (CNA).- When Pope emeritus Benedict XVI resigned as pontiff three years ago, he added a new dimension to the papacy, said his personal secretary Archbishop Georg Ganswein.Archbishop Ganswein remains prefect of the Pontifical Household. He works closely with both Benedict and Pope Francis.The archbishop spoke about Benedict’s pontificate and its wake at a May 20 book presentation of “Oltre la crisi della Chiesa” (Beyond the … [Read more...]

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How Benedict XVI’s resignation changed the papacy

Vatican City, May 30, 2016 / 06:32 am (CNA).- When Pope emeritus Benedict XVI resigned as pontiff three years ago, he added a new dimension to the papacy, said his personal secretary Archbishop Georg Ganswein.Archbishop Ganswein remains prefect of the Pontifical Household. He works closely with both Benedict and Pope Francis.The archbishop spoke about Benedict’s pontificate and its wake at a May 20 book presentation of “Oltre la crisi della Chiesa” (Beyond the … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Shevchuk on the ‘silent war’ no one cares about

Kyiv, Ukraine, May 29, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- It's a conflict that's been raging in Ukraine for two years, costing thousands of lives and displacing millions of people. But the international community seems to have largely forgotten about it.And as one who's lived in the very heart of the crisis, the leader of Ukraine's Greek Catholic Church has some ideas as to why.“Very often in international society so-called 'rich countries' are very much … [Read more...]

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