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Environment encyclical takes bold stance on controversial issues
Thu, Jun 18th 2015 08:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - In his newly released encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis did not hesitate to wade into controversial topics, making statements on global warming, pollution, species extinction and global inequality's impact on natural resources.
Is climate change natural or man-induced? For Pope Francis, it's both
Mon, Jun 15th 2015 02:50 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - One of the most challenging scientific questions Pope Francis faces in his new encyclical on creation is that of climate change, which a source close to the document says the Pope addresses in a balanced perspective without taking sides.
Bishops, Priests and Deacons ... oh my! A new 'Consider This'
Fri, Jun 5th 2015 03:00 pm
With clergy ordinations occurring this weekend, Bishop Richard J. Malone talks about the roles of bishop, priest and deacon in a new "Consider This."
Pope: Oscar Romero was a martyr who fought violence with love
Tue, May 26th 2015 12:25 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - On the day of Oscar Romero's beatification in San Salvador, Pope Francis sent a letter to the current archbishop, praising the martyr for his courageous service to the poor amid widespread national violence.
Could Mother Teresa be canonized during the Holy Year for Mercy?
Wed, May 20th 2015 01:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has said that Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta could be canonized during the upcoming Jubilee for Mercy, although he clarified that no concrete plans have been made.
Vatican and 'State of Palestine' agree to treaty safeguarding religious liberty
Fri, May 15th 2015 09:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - The Holy See and the State of Palestine have agreed on the text of a treaty regarding the life and activity of the Church in Palestine, which is expected to be signed soon by both parties.
Little boy asks Pope Francis "What is peace?"
Tue, May 12th 2015 02:55 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - This question was part of a special question and answer session with the Bishop of Rome touching on a wide range of themes - from the link between greed and war, to arguments with siblings, and the role of religion in promoting peace in the world.
Raul Castro to Pope: Thanks to you, I may come back to the Church
Mon, May 11th 2015 01:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Following a private meeting at the Vatican with Pope Francis, who has helped to broker improved relations between Cuba and the United States, the president of the Caribbean nation suggested he could return to the Church in the future.
Who's on the guest list for a Vatican concert? Rome's homeless community
Fri, May 1st 2015 01:50 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Next month the Vatican will invite Rome's poor and homeless to a concert intended to raise money for Pope Francis' charities, which last year boasted over one and a half million in charitable giving.
Is the fear of failure causing young people to avoid marriage?
Thu, Apr 30th 2015 01:20 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - With the number of children raised in brokenness on the rise, young people view marriage as a path to failure - so Pope Francis says it's time for Christians to restore faith in the family.
One year after sainthood: John Paul II's last moments
Mon, Apr 27th 2015 01:00 pm
ROME, ITALY (CNA/EWTN News) - A once avid outdoors-man whose final years were marked by disability and suffering, St. John Paul II witnessed to what it truly means to die with dignity, says a close friend who was with him until the end.
Men and women complete each other - there's no other option, pope says
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 11:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis said Wednesday that marriage is a vocation all believers are called to defend, specifically in terms of the complementarity of the union between a man and a woman.
It's official: Pope heads to Cuba
Wed, Apr 22nd 2015 04:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi S.J. confirmed to journalists today that Pope Francis will make a pastoral stop in Cuba ahead of his September apostolic voyage to the United States.
American Sisters accept Vatican reforms on doctrine, theology
Thu, Apr 16th 2015 12:00 pm
Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - In a joint report marking the conclusion of a multi-year mandate for reform, members of the LCWR have agreed to corrections called for by the Vatican, and said they will continue on the path of dialogue.
Evangelization isn't a synonym for advertising, Pope says
Tue, Apr 14th 2015 11:00 am
Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - Giving witness to Jesus Christ is more than mere advertising, Pope Francis said: it's the act of courage in proclaiming the Gospel "with frankness" even to the point of martyrdom.
Bishop Malone: What are our people thinking about in regards to family?
Tue, Apr 14th 2015 09:00 am
Pope Francis has clearly made his own this teaching of the council that "the well-being of the individual person and of human and Christian society is intimately linked with the healthy condition of that community produced by marriage and family." So it is that our Holy Father has convoked two synods of bishops in Rome to reflect on the joys and challenges of family life in our time.
Pope Francis: Now is the time for mercy
Mon, Apr 13th 2015 03:25 pm
Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - In a world marked by suffering and fierce persecution - especially of Christians - now "is the time for mercy," Pope Francis said, speaking at the vigil for the Feast of Divine Mercy.
Pope Francis: 'You don't mess with children'
Wed, Apr 8th 2015 02:00 pm
ROME, ITALY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis said Wednesday that children are never a mistake, and called adults out for building faulty systems that leave children exploited and abandoned, rather than treated as the blessings they are.
Bishop Malone, Vatican seek opinions on today's family
Fri, Mar 13th 2015 09:15 am
In preparation for the October 2015 XIV Ordinary General Assembly at the Vatican, Bishop Richard J. Malone is asking Catholic priests and their parishioners to discuss and reflect upon the role and place of the family in the world today.
Bishop Malone: Extending evangelizing culture throughout diocese
Wed, Dec 3rd 2014 09:00 am
As I write, I am at the airport in Rome awaiting my flight home through Philadelphia to snowbound Buffalo. I followed news of the storm on CNN at the Pontifical North American College, our U.S. seminary in Rome, where I stayed during the meeting.
Catholic Difference: An extraordinary Synod, indeed
Wed, Nov 12th 2014 02:00 pm
According to Vatican-speak, a specially scheduled session of the Synod of Bishops is an "Extraordinary Synod," meaning not-an-ordinary Synod, held every three years or so. In the case of the recently-completed Extraordinary Synod of 2014, extraordinary things did happen, in the "Oh, wow!" sense of the word. And if this year's Extraordinary Synod was a preview of the Synod for which it was to set the agenda, the Ordinary Synod of 2015, that Synod, too, promises to be, well, extraordinary.
Bishop Malone invited to participate in Vatican colloquium
Sat, Nov 8th 2014 02:05 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone and three archbishops from the United States have been invited to participate in the International Colloquium: The Complementarity of Man and Woman, which will be held at the Vatican, Nov. 17-19. Bishop Malone is chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.
Synod examines Pastoral Challenges of Families
Thu, Oct 23rd 2014 02:45 pm
The recent Extraordinary Synod of Bishops garnered the attention of the media, but for the wrong reasons. The Catholic Church will not be discussing same-sex marriages as some reports have stated, and the topic of people who have divorced and remarried receiving Holy Communion needs more discernment.
Synod to discuss modern evangelization, families
Mon, Oct 6th 2014 01:00 pm
This month, the Vatican will gather bishops from around the world to discuss the theme of "pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization," including the challenge of promoting Catholic teachings in societies where the traditional family may not be so traditional.
Pope Francis appoints Bishop Robert Deeley 12th bishop of Portland
Wed, Dec 18th 2013 04:00 pm
PORTLAND---Pope Francis has appointed the Most Rev. Robert P. Deeley, J.C.D., Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston, as the 12th Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.
Bishop Malone: Your thoughts on the Synod on the Family?
Wed, Dec 4th 2013 09:00 am
In its preparation for the October 2014 Extraordinary General Synod of Bishops on the theme "The Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization," the Holy See is asking the world's bishops to consult "widely" among the Catholic faithful. So it is that there is a questionnaire, provided by the Vatican, available on this website.
Catholic Difference: A papal canonization doubleheader
Wed, Nov 20th 2013 09:00 am
I doubt that Pope Francis has heard of Ernie Banks, the Hall of Fame shortstop. But like "Mr. Cub," whose love for baseball led him to exclaim "Let's play two!" before Sunday doubleheaders in the 1950s, the pope from the end of the world seems to think that papal canonizations are better in tandem: hence the recent announcement that Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II will be canonized together on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, 2014.
Pope Benedict stuns world, announces resignation
Mon, Feb 11th 2013 03:00 pm
Pope Benedict XVI announced on Feb. 11, 2013, that he will resign, effective Feb. 28, 2013. At Vatican City, he told a gathering of cardinals, "After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only by words and deeds but no less with prayer and suffering."
Holy Father names 14th bishop of Buffalo
Tue, May 29th 2012 01:00 pm
"It is with great joy and happiness to announce that Pope Benedict XVI has accepted my resignation and has appointed the Most. Rev. Richard J. Malone, bishop of Portland, Maine, as the new ordinary for the Diocese of Buffalo," said Bishop Edward U. Kmiec. "Bishop Malone is a colleague of mine in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and we have been acquainted over the years. He comes to Western New York with tremendous experience and a wonderful reputation for being a caring, pastoral bishop and a true shepherd to his people."
Bishop Kmiec hails appointment of new cardinals
Sat, Jan 7th 2012 03:05 pm
Today's announcement by the Holy Father that he has named Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York and Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto to the College of Cardinals has brought great joy to me and to the faithful of the Diocese of Buffalo.
Archbishop Dolan elevated to cardinal
Fri, Jan 6th 2012 03:00 pm
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has announced that His Excellency the Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York, will be elevated to the dignity of Cardinal in a Consistory to be held on February 18, 2012.
Don't lose your public voice, Holy Father tells NY bishops
Mon, Nov 28th 2011 02:00 pm
Vatican City - Pope Benedict XVI has told New York's bishops not to be silenced by those who seek to muzzle Catholicism in public life.
Pope Benedict declares a 'Year of Faith'
Mon, Oct 17th 2011 02:00 pm
Pope Benedict XVI has declared a "Year of Faith" which will begin in October 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.
Pope sends Tweet!
Thu, Jun 30th 2011 02:00 pm
In the tweet, the Pope writes: "Dear Friends, I just launched Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI." With a simple tap and that tweet, Pope Benedict XVI launched the beginning of a new adventure for the Vatican's media services. At the Apostolic Palace on Tuesday afternoon, Pope Benedict used a tablet to launch the new web portal featuring the latest news of the Vatican's media services.
Vatican upholds decision to merge St. Adalbert, St. John Kanty parishes
Sun, Jan 30th 2011 01:00 pm
The Vatican Congregation for the Clergy has upheld the decision to merge St. Adalbert Parish into St. John Kanty Parish. Both parishes are in Buffalo.