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By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Instead of accepting the letter of resignation that the archbishop of Ancona-Osimo, Italy, submitted in October, Pope Francis named him a cardinal. Cardinal-designate Edoardo Menichelli is 75 — the age church law requires bishops to submit their resignations — but he still kicks a soccer ...read more
By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Vietnam’s cardinal-designate sees hope and continuing challenges ahead for the church in a nation that still has to fully embrace religious freedom. Cardinal-designate Pierre Nguyen Van Nhon of Hanoi, 76, said he saw Pope Francis’ decision to induct him into the College of Cardinals as ...read more
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Not long after Pope Francis became pope, Cardinal-designate Francesco Montenegro was standing next to him “and I could feel his heart beating as he repeated, ‘What suffering.'” As archbishop of Agrigento on Sicily’s southern coast, the cardinal-designate’s archdiocese includes Lampedusa, the Mediterranean island where thousands ...read more
By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Portugal’s newest cardinal-designate is known as a humble man of faith and culture who is also a strong communicator working hard to reach out to the excluded. Portuguese Patriarch Manuel Macario do Nascimento Clemente of Lisbon has been characterized as a “good shepherd,” who is ...read more
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Cardinal-designate Dominique Mamberti, the only official of the Roman Curia among the 20 new cardinals named by Pope Francis, said the honor binds him even more closely to the pope and the church of Rome. Pope Francis’ announcement came just days before the cardinal-designate, the ...read more
By David Agren Catholic News Service MORELIA, Mexico (CNS) — Cardinal-designate Alberto Suarez Inda of Morelia planned to retire as leader of an archdiocese hit hard by organized crime violence. Pope Francis had other ideas. “When we were in Rome in May, we greeted the pope and he told me: ‘I know that you want ...read more
  When Vatican Connections launched in January 2013, it was just an idea. Something we were testing out to see if it would fly. Then suddenly, everything changed. On February 11, 2013 Pope Benedict XVI announced to the Cardinals that was resigning from his Petrine Ministry. Overnight, Vatican Connections became the go-to source for information ...read more
By Carol GlatzCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Helping the church get the Gospel message out to the digital world depends more on a loving passion for reaching out to others than being tech savvy or a verbal warrior, Pope Francis told Catholic communicators. “I believe that the goal is to understand how to ...read more
Dear Brothers and Sisters, This celebration has a very beautiful name: “Evangelium Vitae”, the Gospel of Life. In this Eucharist, in the Year of Faith, let us thank the Lord for the gift of life in all its forms, and at the same time let us proclaim the Gospel of Life.  On the basis of ...read more
This video came to our attention this past week. It was produced by the Women’s Commission of the Archdiocese of Bombay to raise awareness about the increase in violence against women in India. It seems violence against women has always been an issue in the country but has increased recently. Our friends at Catholic News ...read more