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Pope says Mass of thanksgiving for India’s newest saints

Vatican City, Nov 24, 2014 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- God’s love is the “source” and “destination” of all holiness, said Pope Francis on Nov. 24, speaking of India’s newly declared saints during a Mass of thanksgiving in the Vatican.

The Mass was celebrated in Saint Peter’s Basilica, and attended by pilgrims from India who have come to Rome to celebrate the canonization of  Saints Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Euphrasia Eluvathingal on Nov. 23.

Presiding over the celebration, the Pope expressed his gratitude for the Church in India. He said the country’s Kerala region, which is the birthplace of Saints Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Euphrasia Eluvathingal, is “fertile” with vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

The Pope reminded the pilgrims who are in Rome for the canonization that, amid the celebrations and “intense spirituality,” they should also “contemplate the glorious work accomplished by the Lord through the lives and works of the new saints.”

Both members of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, Saints Kuriakose and Euphrasia serve as reminders “that God’s love is the source, destination, and support for all holiness,” Pope Francis said. He added the this love is manifested most clearly in “love of neighbor.”

He recalled how Saint Kuriakose, who founded the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate in 1836 as the first male congregation of the Syro-Malabar Rite, spent his life working for the Church according to the maxim: “sanctification of self and salvation of others.”

For her part, Saint Euphrasia, who served as superior general for the congregation, “lived in profound union with God,” becoming an example to those around her who referred to her as “Praying mother,” the Pope said.

The pontiff concluded his homily by calling the faithful to follow the examples of Saints Kuriakose and Euphrasia, especially in their “love for the Eucharistic Jesus and the Church”, thereby advancing along “the path of sanctity.”

Human dignity at risk in Europe, advocates warn before Pope’s speech

Strasbourg, France, Nov 24, 2014 / 11:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of Pope Francis’ Nov. 25 address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, pro-life leaders are emphasizing the danger of a mentality that fails to respect life across th…

Pope: Let’s get rid of the stigma often associated with autism (Video)

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Cardinal Sarah appointment paves the way for new Curia

Vatican City, Nov 24, 2014 / 05:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Robert Sarah has been appointed as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments — a decision that sets a decisive tone for Curial reform.

The cardinal’s first steps have been announced to the heads of the Vatican’s dicasteries during their meeting with the Pope this morning.

Until now Cardinal Sarah has served as president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, and will take over the post of Prefect of a congregation whose ranks have been profoundly changed since the previous prefect, Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, was appointed archbishop of Valencia, Spain on Aug. 28.

Fr. Anthony Ward and Msgr. Miguel Anguel Ferrer, the two undersecretaries of the Congregation, were released with immediate effect Nov. 5, and replaced by Fr. Corrado Maggioni, who was promoted to the post of ‘unique undersecretary’ on Nov. 13.

This round of appointments came as a surprise, as Fr. Ward had been an appreciated official of the Congregation’s English section for more than 15 years. For his part, Msgr. Ferrer was a personal pick of Cardinal Canizares, with whom he shared a particular sensitivity for the traditional Latin Mass.

Msgr. Maggioni, on the other hand, is a disciple of Archbishop Piero Marini, formerly the papal Master of Ceremonies of John Paul II, who is known for being enthusiastic for innovative forms of the liturgy.

With his taste and experience, Cardinal Sarah is called to re-balance the Congregation for Divine Worship. The cardinal thus leaves the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, which will likely be dissolved into a bigger Congregation.

Cardinal Sarah went to a private audience with Pope Francis Nov. 13. According to Vatican sources, the cardinal was requested to give his perspective on the possible enrolling of his dicastery into a larger structure, and he gave the Pope his suggestions. He was also asked if he was available for this new post.

The placement of Cardinal Sarah is the first of a series of major appointments. The Secretariat of State’s new “Foreign minister,” British Archbishop Paul Gallagher, was appointed last week.

It is expected that a new Substitute for General Affairs will also soon be chosen, thus replacing Archbishop Angelo Becciu, who has held the position as third-in-command since Benedict XVI’s reign.

If the archbishop were to be moved, it would be another signal of Pope Francis’ aim to shape the Secretariat of State with people chosen directly by the current Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Bishop Named for Gary, Indiana

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Donald Hying, 51, auxiliary bishop of Milwaukee, as bishop of Gary, Indiana, and accepted the resignation of Bishop Dale Melczek, 76, from pastoral governance of that diocese. The appointment was publicized in Washington today by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to…

Pope Francis Sends Condolences for "Distinguished Son"

Pope Francis sent a message of condolence to the family of Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini, who passed away on November 22. Cardinal Angelini, who was 98 years old, was the President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Healthcare Workers. In his telegram, the Pope expressed his “profound sympathy” to the late Cardi…

ZENIT Journalist Receives Prestigious "Giuseppe De Carli" Award

On Thursday, ZENIT Italian journalist Salvatore Cernuzio received the second prize of the “Youth” category, at the 2nd Annual “Giuseppe De Carli” Award for journalism. The article awarded was published last April and is entitled “Returning Dignity to Migrants Lost the Sands of the Desert.” The article recounts the …

Pope Francis’ Condolence Message on Death of Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini

Here is a translation of the telegram of sympathy, sent by Pope Francis to Mr. Vinicio Angelini, for the death of Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, who passed away on Friday evening. *…

John Paul II Museum Opens in Czestochowa, Poland

Krzysztof Witkowski, a successful entrepreneur, has been director for 24 years of “President Electronics Poland,” a radio-communications firm in Czestochowa, a city renowned for its monastery where the famous icon of the “Black Madonna” is kept. However, like many entrepreneurs who lead a frenetic and stressful lif…

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