Pope Francis wants Vatican liturgy chief to continue the work of Benedict XVI

Vatican City, Jun 3, 2015 / 01:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, revealed in a letter sent to a liturgical conference this week that when he was appointed to his post, Pope Francis indicated a desire to continue the liturgical work done by his predecessor as Bishop of Rome. “When the Holy Father, Pope Francis, asked me to accept the ministry of Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, I … [Read more...]

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For young Philly Catholics, a Q&A session with Archbishop Chaput

Philadelphia, Pa., Jun 3, 2015 / 12:46 pm (CNA).- Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles J. Chaput will hold a Q&A session for young adults, taking questions on a wide range of topics. The June 4 event, titled “Chat with Chaput,” is a kick-off event for local activities leading up to Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia and to the World Meeting of Families in September. The Q&A will be held at the Fieldhouse sports bar in Philadelphia’s Center City … [Read more...]

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CRS vice president in same-sex civil marriage steps down

Baltimore, Md., Jun 3, 2015 / 12:29 pm (CNA).- Amid the resignation of a vice presidential employee in a same-sex civil marriage, Catholic Relief Services reiterated its commitment to both Catholic identity and respect for all people as children of God. Catholic Relief Services employee Rick Estridge worked at the agency for 16 years, most recently as Vice President for Overseas Finance. Estridge “held a technical finance position that did not involve mission-related decisions. … [Read more...]

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Pope offers prayers for victims of China’s ferry disaster

Vatican City, Jun 3, 2015 / 10:32 am (CNA).- Pope Francis on Wednesday expressed his condolences to the people of China following a ferry capsizing earlier this week which claimed the lives of hundreds of people. “I wish to express my closeness to the Chinese people in these difficult moments after the ferry disaster in the Yangtze River,” the pontiff said Jun. 3 during his weekly general audience. “I pray for the victims, their families and for all involved in the rescue … [Read more...]

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These monks are convinced: Gregorian chant will make your life better

Rome, Italy, Jun 3, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Benedictine Monks of Norcia spend their lives in prayer and labor – “ora et labora” – chanting the psalms and producing crafts to support themselves. This week, they also released an album meant to share their prayer with the world – music, they say, that has what your soul needs. “The monks spend hours every day chanting the Mass and the Divine Office. It’s part of the air we breathe. … [Read more...]

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‘Is anyone surprised?’ A Vatican response to the FIFA soccer scandal

Vatican City, Jun 2, 2015 / 04:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid the new soccer corruption scandal that has rocked the sports world, a Vatican official has called for different sectors of society to unite in encouraging sports that contribute authentically to bettering humanity. “Is anyone surprised by this news?” asked Monsignor Melchor Sanchez de Toca, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture and director of the council’s Culture and Sport Division. “Every … [Read more...]

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For upcoming Sarajevo visit, Pope Francis makes peace his mission statement

Vatican City, Jun 2, 2015 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis sent his greetings to the people of Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in a video message that emphasized the motto of his upcoming visit: “Peace be with you.” “They are the words with which the risen Jesus greeted his disciples when he appeared among them in the Upper Room, on the evening of Easter,” the Pope explained in a short video message on June 2. “It is he, the Lord, our … [Read more...]

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