Brother Bishops • Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., is shown in procession in front of Philadelphia Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, retired archbishop of Philadelphia, and Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin at the beginning of Mass Sept. 14. Russ DeSantis photo/courtesy of Advocate Publishing Corp./Archdiocese of Newark
NEWARK • Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the U.S. papal nuncio, imposed the pallium on Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, the sixth archbishop of Newark, Sept. 14 during Mass in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. More ... Thursday, September 21, 2017
VATICAN CITY – No matter the position one takes on national migration policy, Pope Francis, Caritas Internationalis and national Catholic charities across the globe want Catholics to meet a migrant or refugee and listen to his or her story.
On Sept. 27, Pope Francis will launch the “Share the Journey” campaign, a two-year program of Caritas Internationalis to promote encounters between people on the move and people living in the countries they are leaving, passing through or arriving in.
Fathers Jorge Bedoya and Walter Quiceno may have set out on their separate pilgrimages to Colombia to witness Pope Francis’ simple, yet profound and personal message of forgiveness and healing, but they returned with insight into themselves, too.
VATICAN CITY –To better prepare priests and pastoral workers to help meet the challenges they face today, Pope Francis is strengthening the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family and changing its name to the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for the Sciences of Marriage and Family.
The new institution is to expand and deepen the types of courses offered as well as take "an analytical and diversified approach" that allows students to study all aspects and concerns of today's families while remaining "faithful to the teaching of Christ," the Pope wrote.
ROME – Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil was sitting in a room in an unknown location – one of several he had been relocated to during his 18-month imprisonment – when he received some unexpected news.
"Those who kept me came to where I slept (and said), 'I bring you good news. We are sending you home. If you need to go to the bathroom, go. Take a shower, but quickly!'" Father Uzhunnalil told reporters Sept. 16 at the Salesian headquarters in Rome.
VATICAN CITY – After thousands of runners completed the first ever "multireligious" half-marathon in Rome, Pope Francis praised the initiative, which was sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture.
"I greet participants in the 'Via Pacis' athletic race, which passed places of worship of the different religious faiths present in Rome," the Pope said Sept. 17. "I hope that this cultural and athletic initiative fosters dialogue, coexistence and peace," he told gathered for the Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square, which was near the end of the 13-mile (21 km) course.
CARTAGENA, Colombia – Pope Francis capped a five-day trip to Colombia with a call for culture change in a country attempting to pursue a path of peace and reconciliation after decades of armed conflict and centuries of social exclusion.
The Pope issued his call in Cartagena, on Colombia's Caribbean Coast, where he remembered St. Peter Claver and urged the country to follow the example set centuries earlier by the priest, who tended to slaves arriving on ships by showing kind gestures and dignity.
"We are required to generate 'from below' a change in culture, so we respond to the culture of death and violence with the culture of life and encounter," Pope Francis said Sept. 10, prior to returning to Rome.
VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia – In a raw, honest prayer service where victims and perpetrators of violence stood under the gaze of a bomb-damaged crucifix, Pope Francis urged Colombians to summon the courage to make peace.
Symbolically presiding over the event Sept. 8 was what remained of a crucifix from the church in Bojaya, an image of Jesus whose arms and legs were blown off in 2002 when an improvised homemade mortar launched by rebels crashed through the roof of a church and exploded.
VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia -- If just one victim of Colombia's civil war forgives his or her aggressor, it can set off a chain reaction of hope for reconciliation and peace, Pope Francis said. More ... Friday, September 8, 2017
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Proudly showing off their costumes for television cameras before Pope Francis arrived, dozens of young people with Down syndrome and other developmental challenges were obviously proud and pleased. More ... Friday, September 8, 2017
BOGOTA, Colombia -- As Colombia strives to build a lasting peace, the country's elders need the encouragement and insistence of young people, who believe with all their hearts that forgiveness is possible and grudges don't have to last for decades, Pope Francis said. More ... Thursday, September 7, 2017
ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO COLOMBIA -- Flying to Colombia, with a flight plan changed to avoid Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean Sea, Pope Francis told reporters that Colombia and its neighbor, Venezuela, were in his prayers. More ... Wednesday, September 6, 2017
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Pope Francis arrived in Colombia Sept. 6 for a five-day visit to promote reconciliation in a deeply Catholic country scarred and reticent to offer forgiveness after decades of war. More ... Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina – better known as Padre Pio – will be touring several archdioceses and dioceses in the United States for the second time, between Sept.16 and Oct. 8, 2017.
Relics of St. Padre Pio, the Italian-born priest who bore the stigmata for most of his life, that will be available for public veneration include his glove, crusts of the wounds, cotton gauze with blood stains, a lock of hair, his mantle and a handkerchief soaked with his sweat hours before he died. More ... Tuesday, September 5, 2017
VATICAN CITY -- Colombia's transition to a just and lasting peace requires a commitment on behalf of all the nation's people to taking the first step toward reconciliation, Pope Francis said in a video message. More ... Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., was among those in attendance Aug. 31 at a special Mass for the new bishop of Allentown, Pa.
Msgr. Alfred A. Schlert, 56, former administrator of the Diocese of Allentown, was ordained and installed as the diocese’s fifth bishop during a Mass at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M., Cap., was the principal ordaining bishop. Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, was also in attendance.
Catholic News Service recently published the following news briefs on these topics: Ukrainian Catholic Church’s mission; Sainthood cause of Father Stanley Rother; Catholic Social Teaching’s role; Papal visit to Myanmar, Bangladesh; Church repair, reform. More ... Friday, September 1, 2017
VATICAN CITY -- A day after appealing for an end the violent persecution of the Rohingya people, a Muslim minority in Myanmar, the Vatican announced Pope Francis will visit the country in late November. More ... Monday, August 28, 2017
WASHINGTON -- Washington resident Berta Quintanilla said her toddler had always asked about the bespectacled older man whose photo he often saw at home and sometimes at church events. More ... Thursday, August 24, 2017