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A New Bishop for Plymouth!

A New Bishop for Plymouth!

by: Reporters in Church News,

Mgr O’Toole’s piscopal ordination will take place at 2pm on Tuesday 28 January 2014 at the Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Boniface in Plymouth. He will succeed Bishop Christopher Budd, who has been Bishop of Plymouth since 1986.

Pope Francis Launches Survey on Modern Catholics

Pope Francis Launches Survey on Modern Catholics

by: By Joel Himelfarb - NewsMax in Church News,

Pope Francis is surveying Catholics on family issues including homosexual marriage and divorce in preparation for next year's bishop synod, according to NBC News.Veteran Vatican observers say the survey is remarkable on a number of levels in that it deals with subjects previous Popes appeared to regard as off-limits and seeks feedback from rank-and-file Catholics.

The Council of Cardinals: A New Constitution for the Curia

The Council of Cardinals: A New Constitution for the Curia

by: VISnews in Church News,

The reform of the Curia and the attribution of of more incisive role to the laity were among the principal themes considered in the meeting of the Council of Cardinals, instituted by the Pope to assist him in the governance of the Church, said the director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., in a briefing with journalists.

Cardinals' summit shapes up as potential turning point

Cardinals' summit shapes up as potential turning point

by: John L. Allen Jr. is NCR in Church News,

The Oct. 1-3 maiden summit of eight cardinals from around the world, tapped by the pope to advise him on governance and reform, profiles as a potentially critical turning point. An ongoing cleanup of Vatican finances; Reorganization, and potential downsizing, of the Vatican bureaucracy; Ensuring that the right people end up in the right Roman jobs; Vexed pastoral questions such as annulments and divorced and remarried Catholics.

Pope names Vatican official as successor to Cardinal Keith O’Brien

Pope names Vatican official as successor to Cardinal Keith O’Brien

by: The Catholic Herald in Church News,

Pope Francis has named Mgr Leo Cushley as the new Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh. The appointment was announced at noon today in Rome. The archbishop-elect succeeds Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who led the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh from 1985 until his resignation in February.

Hume knew Alan Hopes would one day be bishop

Hume knew Alan Hopes would one day be bishop

by: The Tablet - Fr Mark Woodruff in Church News,

Cardinal Basil Hume came to check how we had got on and emerged saying, 'Coraggio - you have all passed. And from what I hear [from what was said in the interviews], one of you is going to be a bishop.' It was clear to us that he meant Alan Hopes, who this week Pope Francis announced would be the next Bishop of East Anglia.

Don't be fooled by official promises, says cardinal

Don't be fooled by official promises, says cardinal

by: UCA News in Church News,

Cardinal John Baptist Pham Minh Man, 79, said the authorities state that their policies aim to ensure social order and security. But he said that “they govern the country with self-defence instincts, fearing for their own interests, rather than searching for humanitarian goodwill.” 

Ex-Pope Benedict returns to Vatican

Ex-Pope Benedict returns to Vatican

by: BBC News in Church News,

Former Pope Benedict has returned to the Vatican, two months after becoming the first pontiff to resign in 600 years. He was flown by helicopter from the Castel Gandolfo papal summer residence to live permanently in Vatican City.

Benedict XVI marks 86th birthday in Castel Gandolfo

Benedict XVI marks 86th birthday in Castel Gandolfo

by: UCA News in Church News,

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on Tuesday celebrates his 86th birthday as the first former pope in over 700 years at his temporary home of Castel Gandolfo, the papal summer residence near Rome. His successor Pope Francis called to wish him a happy birthday and celebrated Mass in his honor.

Five thoughts on the pope's new 'G8'

Five thoughts on the pope's new 'G8'

by: John Allen Jr - National Catholic Reporter in Church News,

A Vatican announcement yesterday that Francis has named eight cardinals to advise him on governance represents the first concrete step towards the reform that was so much in the air during the run-up to the conclave that propelled a Latin American outsider to the papacy. 

Pope meets Pope: Francis tells Benedict 'we're brothers'

Pope meets Pope: Francis tells Benedict 'we're brothers'

by: The Telegraph in Church News,

Pope Francis has flown in for lunch with his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, in a cliff-top castle outside Rome - the first such encounter for nearly 720 years. The Vatican spokesman promised a general comment about the meeting, but no detailed statement. There has been enormous speculation about what the two men in white might have to say to one another after making history together.

Vatican releases Pope Francis' coat of arms, motto and ring

Vatican releases Pope Francis' coat of arms, motto and ring

by: The Telegraph in Church News,

The Latin motto beneath the crest is "miserando atque eligendo" - which refers to a Bible passage showing Jesus Christ's "mercy" in choosing Matthew, a tax collector, to be one of his disciples. "The motto recalls Pope Francis's personal vocation and he wanted to keep it," Fr Lombardi said.

UK welcomes election of new Pope Francis

UK welcomes election of new Pope Francis

by: BBC News in Church News,

Pope Francis I is the first to hail from Latin America. British politicians and religious leaders have welcomed the election of Jorge Bergoglio, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, as the new Pope.