A cardinal for migrants: Italy’s Archbishop Francesco Montenegro

Agrigento, Italy, Feb 13, 2015 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Francesco Montenegro of Agrigento still feels himself more of a priest with concern for the poor than a cardinal, even though he will be given the red biretta this Saturday.His local Church includes Lampedusa, the small Italian island near Tunisia which is the destination of many African and Middle Eastern emigrants, and which was the destination of Francis' first trip outside Rome after his election as … [Read more...]

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Three countries will be represented in College of Cardinals for first time

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The different cultures represented by bishops who will be created cardinals this weekend demonstrate the Church's universality, thereby enriching the College of Cardinals, says the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Referring to those countries never before represented by a red hat, Cardinal Fernando Filoni told CNA their presence “is also making the Church very universal, not only in name but also … [Read more...]

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Catholic Benefits Association appoints first-ever CEO

Oklahoma City, Okla., Feb 12, 2015 / 10:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When hospitals are struggling financially, they bring in Douglas G. Wilson, Jr. to turn around their fortunes. Wilson, who previously served as CEO of five distressed hospitals throughout the US and successfully turned them into growing enterprises, was recently named the first Chief Executive Officer of the Catholic Benefits Association and Catholic Insurance Company. “The Board is tremendously enthusiastic about Doug … [Read more...]

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Latino leadership in the spotlight at intersection of Church and culture

Washington D.C., Feb 12, 2015 / 05:18 pm (CNA).- Social justice, politics and Latino culture are three areas that are fields for evangelization, a Hispanic ministry leader told young Catholic professionals at a recent event in Washington, D.C. “Our love of God isn’t real, is not verified, if it is not expressed in love of neighbor – love particularly of the poor and the excluded and the marginal,” said Fr. Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J. A professor of theological studies … [Read more...]

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Ukrainian Catholic bishops urge prayer, fasting ahead of Sunday’s ceasefire

Kyiv, Ukraine, Feb 12, 2015 / 05:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Ukrainian Catholic bishops in the US issued a letter on Wednesday asking their faithful to pray and fast for peace, a day before a tentative ceasefire in Ukraine was agreed on which would end 10 months of fighting. The Feb. 11 letter urged prayers for “the president and elected officials of Ukraine, for the conversion of the aggressors, for the Ukrainian army, for those who protect citizens, for the souls of the deceased, and … [Read more...]

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Enough talk about talking – Iraqi priest calls for action on ISIS

Rome, Italy, Feb 12, 2015 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Iraqi priest currently living in Rome said that those living the nightmare of ISIS are tired of hearing talk about dialogue and human rights, and are ready to see concrete action on the part of political leaders. “Like many other terms, dialogue is abused like the words democracy, peace, defending human rights and many other words. (They) are profaned because everybody talks about them, but in their heart they have other … [Read more...]

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‘A reform to promote harmony’ – Pope Francis opens a much-debated consistory

Vatican City, Feb 12, 2015 / 02:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A reform to promote a greater harmony in the work of the Roman Curia, in Pope Francis’ words, was the topic of discussion on Thursday, the opening day of an extraordinary consistory of cardinals held at the Vatican. Opening the consistory Feb. 12, Pope Francis stressed that the aim of reform “is always that of promoting greater harmony in the work of the various dicasteries and offices, in order to achieve more effective … [Read more...]

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