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Pope Francis calls for religious freedom as he canonizes Sri Lanka's first saint

Pope Francis calls for religious freedom as he canonizes Sri Lanka's first saint

by: Joe Torres and Quintus Colombage, UCAnews in Church News,

Pope Francis called for respect of "religious freedom as a fundamental right" in Sri Lanka as he declared missionary priest Joseph Vaz the country's first saint. Speaking slowly in English, the pope said each individual "must be free, alone or in association with others, to seek the truth, and to openly express his or her religious convictions, free from intimidation and external compulsion".

Pope Francis travels to Turkey

Pope Francis travels to Turkey

by: Constanze Letsch in Istanbul, John Hooper in Rome - The Guardia in Church News,

Pope Francis embarks on one of the most delicate missions of his 18-month-old papacy on Friday, when he is expected to wrestle with the problems of Christian persecution in the Muslim world and tackle relations with Islam in a time of spreading jihadism during his visit to Turkey.

Cupich becomes 9th archbishop of Chicago

Cupich becomes 9th archbishop of Chicago

by: DON BABWIN - Associated Press in Church News,

Blase Cupich is poised to become the archbishop of Chicago on Tuesday when his predecessor hands him a bishop's staff and relinquishes the chair that symbolizes the leadership of the nation's third-largest diocese.

Seven Christians arrested in Laos for attending church

Seven Christians arrested in Laos for attending church

by: Reporter ucanews.com in Church News,

Local officials in Laos arrested seven Christians for meeting for worship on Sunday, according to a rights group. Security officials and police arrested the Christians as they ate lunch after meeting for worship in the home of pastor Sompong Supatto, according to Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF).

Marcus Stock Appointed Bishop of Leeds

Marcus Stock Appointed Bishop of Leeds

by: Reporters in Church News,

Pope Francis has appointed Mgr Marcus Stock Bishop-elect of Leeds diocese. Mgr Marcus is a proven administrator having been General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (November 2009 to date) and Acting Director of the Catholic Education Service

We have a new friend bishop

We have a new friend bishop

by: Reporters - Westminster News in Church News,

"The first work of the bishop is prayer. His first enthusiasm is for prayer. He is to pray boldly, arguing with God for the sake of his people. Then, secondly, he is to stay close to the people, in his heart and in how he spends his days. In a bishop, said Pope Francis, there can be 'no psychology of princes'. He is always to be a servant.

Pope Francis appoints a new bishop for Brentwood Diocese

Pope Francis appoints a new bishop for Brentwood Diocese

by: Reporters - Catholic News Agency in Church News,

 Pope Francis has appointed Father Alan Williams SM, currently the Director of the National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham, as the seventh Bishop of Brentwood. His episcopal ordination will take place at Brentwood Cathedral on 1st July 2014 at 12 noon. The bishop-elect was born in Oldham, Lancashire in 1951. He took final vows in the Society of Mary [Marist Fathers] in 1981 and was ordained priest in St Anne’s Whitechapel in 1983.

Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest abducted in Crimea

Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest abducted in Crimea

by: Vatican Radio in Church News,

 (Vatican Radio) In a serious escalation of tension in Crimea, a Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest was kidnapped on Saturday. Sources in Ukraine say Father Mykola Kvych, a pastor and a Ukrainian military chaplain, was abducted by pro-Russian forces after celebrating the liturgy.

First Great Change in Roman Curia

First Great Change in Roman Curia

by: Roman Curia in Church News,

The first major change made by Pope Francis in the permanent structure of the Roman Curia is the establishment of a Segreteria per l'Economia (Secretariat for the Economy) to oversee and assemble all financial and economic operations of all administrative affairs of the Holy See - details to be known shortly in a motu proprio published this afternoon in the Tuesday edition ofL'Osservatore Romano.

Profile: Cardinal-designate Vincent Nichols

Profile: Cardinal-designate Vincent Nichols

by: Sam Jones - The Guardian in Church News,

 Archbishop of Westminster, leader of Roman Catholics in England and Wales and critic of the government's austerity cuts. Archbishop Vincent Nichols speaks to reporters in the week before his is to be made a cardinal by Pope Francis. 

Archbishop Nichols appointed to Congregation for Bishops

Archbishop Nichols appointed to Congregation for Bishops

by: Ed West - The Catholic Herald in Church News,

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Vincent Nichols to the Congregation for Bishops. Archbishop Vincent said: “It is a privilege to assist in the important task of appointing Bishops and I am honoured to have been asked to undertake this role by Pope Francis. I look forward to making whatever contribution I can to the work of the Apostolic See.”

Pope Francis throws the doors of the Church wide open

Pope Francis throws the doors of the Church wide open

by: Fr Frank Brennan, SJ in Church News,

Pope Francis has published his first and very prolix papal teaching document entitled Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of Evangelization). With a tone of delightful self-mocking he observes, "I am aware that nowadays documents do not arouse the same interest as in the past and that they are quickly forgotten."