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By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Archbishop Gualtiero Bassetti said a parishioner told him he’d been named a cardinal by Pope Francis, and “my jaw dropped” when he found out it was true. The 71-year-old archbishop of Perugia-Citta della Pieve and president of the bishops’ conference of Umbria in central Italy ...read more
Vatican City, 6 February 2014 (VIS) – We publish below the full text of the message the Holy Father has sent to the young people preparing for the 29th World Youth Day 2014, which will take as its theme: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. Dear Young Friends, ...read more
By Ezra Fieser Catholic News Service SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CNS) — Haiti’s new cardinal is known as a tireless worker, an advocate for the people and someone who never forgot his impoverished childhood. Pope Francis named the first Haitian cardinal Jan. 12 when he selected Bishop Chibly Langlois of Les Cayes, 55, president of ...read more
By Simon Caldwell Catholic News Service LIVERPOOL, England (CNS) — It was not in the silence of a dimly lit church or in the cool hush of an evening breeze that Vincent Nichols recognized he had a vocation to the priesthood, but in the heaving swell and bustle of a soccer crowd. A lifelong supporter ...read more
Read a brief overview of Cardinal Lacroix's life, his values, and accomplishments as Archbishop of Quebec City. ...read more
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In his dual roles as coordinator of the Roman Curia and chief Vatican diplomat, Cardinal-designate Pietro Parolin has said he hopes to imitate the joy and the simplicity with which Pope Francis has carried out his ministry. The pope announced Jan. 12 that Archbishop Parolin, ...read more
By David Agren Catholic News Service MEXICO CITY (CNS) — Since being named archbishop of Buenos Aires in March, Cardinal-designate Mario Aurelio Poli has shown similarities in the pastoral approach of his predecessor, Pope Francis. “He’s a lower-profile person, he listens a lot, talks little and is very friendly,” said Jose Maria Poirier, director of ...read more
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Has Christ been divided? (1 Cor 1:13). The urgent appeal which Saint Paul makes at the beginning of his First Letter to the Corinthians, and which has been proclaimed at this evening?s liturgy, was chosen by a group of our fellow Christians in Canada as the theme for our meditation during this ...read more
By Elizabeth Krump “Keep the youth close to you: they will keep you young and faithful.” These are telling words that Blessed John Paul II shared with Fr. Thomas Rosica in the later days of his pontificate. John Paul II had a great love for all young people, until the very end of his life. There ...read more
Pope Francis released the following message for the 48th World Communication Day. The message was released by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, patron of journalists. World Communications Day takes place June 1, 2014. Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today we are living in a world which ...read more