Pope Francis sends greetings to Africa ahead of this week's trip
Pope Francis sent two video messages Monday ahead of his tri-nation visit to Africa, speaking his intent to bring “consolation and hope” to the region while serving as a “minister of the Gospel.” In the message sent to the people of the Central African Republic, Pope Francis – speaking in French – referenced the “joy which pervades me” on the occasion of the visit, while acknowledging the ongoing violence which has brought suffering to the war-torn nation.
Pope names Vatican official head of U.S. Anglican ordinariate
After consultation with the governing council of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, Pope Francis has named Msgr. Steven Lopes, a priest of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as the Ordinariate’s first bishop. The appointment of Bishop-designate Lopes, 40, was announced by the Vatican Nov. 24 along with the announcement that Pope Francis had accepted the resignation of Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson, 63, who had led the ordinariate since its establishment by Pope Benedict XVI Jan. 1, 2012.
Religion can help build ‘modern globalized world,’ says Vatican cardinal
“Religion plays an important role in promoting acceptance of reality in continual evolution and with the commitment to developing respect for persons of different origins,” said Cardinal Antonio Maria Vegliò. “Religion can help the State to contribute to the responsible planning and peaceful management of the modern globalized world.” Migration, he added, is an “occasion for promoting a real catholicity,” characterized by opening, welcome, and respect for diverse cultures, “leading to an experience of true brotherhood.”
Journalists claim freedom of press at 'VatiLeaks' trial
Italian journalists standing trial in a Vatican court defended their right to freedom of the press, while the Vatican prosecution said the way they acquired confidential information was illegal. All five people accused of involvement in leaking and publishing confidential documents about Vatican finances were present at the opening of the criminal trial in a Vatican courtroom Nov. 24.
Chicago Catholic cemeteries give a proper burial to those who died on the fringes
Chicago’s Catholic cemeteries have helped bury the bodies of about 200 unidentified and unclaimed persons in recent years. One of the priests involved has stressed the importance of reducing homelessness and of mourning those who have no one to pray for them. Father Larry Sullivan, associate priest director of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Chicago, reflected on the sadness of the situation. “Obviously these are folks who have been living a marginalized life. They’ve been living on the fringes of society, alienated from family or friends, that they would truly be unknown,” he told CNA Nov. 20.