Pope’s first cardinals represent peripheries of the world

Vatican City, Jan 12, 2014 / 05:57 am (CNA).- Today Pope Francis announced the names of the 19 men from various parts of the globe who will be appointed cardinals in February. In the surprise announcement at the end of his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis noted that the new Cardinals come “from 12 countries from every part of the world,” and “represent the deep ecclesial relationship between the Church of Rome and the other Churches throughout the world.” The … [Read more...]

Pope voices gratitude for group committed to Christian unity

Vatican City, Jan 11, 2014 / 05:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with an ecumenical scholarship organization on the morning of Jan. 11, thanking them for their dedication to the work of Christian unity. “I express my deep gratitude to all the benefactors who have supported and (continue to) support the committee,” he told members of the Catholic Committee for Cultural Collaboration. “Without your valued contribution this work would not be possible. Therefore, I … [Read more...]

A look at Pope Francis’ possible choices for February consistory

Vatican City, Jan 11, 2014 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis’ choices for cardinals are likely to fall in line with his pastoral emphasis and his desire that the Church go to the peripheries. In the coming days, Pope Francis will be announcing the names of those who will receive the “red hat” in the Feb. 22 consistory. Popes traditionally read out the names of the cardinals-to-be at a general audience or Sunday Angelus at least a month prior to the event. At this point, it … [Read more...]

Pope: Good priests have living relationship with Jesus Christ

Vatican City, Jan 11, 2014 / 10:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' homily on Saturday morning offered a strong exhortation to priests to remain faithful to their relationship with Jesus Christ. Priests must ask themselves, “what is the place of Jesus Christ in my priestly life? A living relationship between disciple and master, between brother and brother, between a poor man and God, or is it a little artificial not coming from the heart?” the Pope said on Jan. 11. Pope … [Read more...]

Bishops lament federal ‘disregard’ for state marriage laws

Washington D.C., Jan 11, 2014 / 08:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the U.S. bishops lamented federal agencies’ decisions to ignore state marriage laws, Attorney General Eric Holder has said the federal government will recognize the “gay marriages” briefly contracted in Utah. “State marriage laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman deserve respect by the federal government,” said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chair of the U.S. … [Read more...]

Helping migrants a life and family issue, dioceses say

Washington D.C., Jan 10, 2014 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The assistance given to all immigrants is a carrying out Catholic social teaching, promoting families, and building up a culture of life, Catholic groups around the country have said. "The teaching on immigration reform is really a continuation of what we believe as people who are pro-life," Omar Gutiérrez, manager of the missions and justice office of the Archdiocese of Omaha, said to CNA Jan. 10. "We need to … [Read more...]

Legionaries seek to continue service with ‘renewed enthusiasm’

Rome, Italy, Jan 10, 2014 / 02:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Legionaries meet in Rome for their General Chapter, spokesman Fr. Benjamin Clariond voiced the congregation's hopes for a stronger apostolate with a more keen awareness of their challenges. “After this period of renewal and purification, we would like to continue serving the Church and offering our ministries with a renewed enthusiasm, and also with a greater awareness of our limitations,” the spokesman said in his … [Read more...]