Quebec City’s convention center transformed

QUEBEC CITY — Quebec City’s massive center devoted to large events, conferences and conventions has become home to participants of the 49th International Eucharistic Congress.  Though it rained for most of the first three days of the June 15-22 congress, surprisingly many of the events have been well attended (it’s not uncommon to wait in line to get into a congress session) […]

Proclaiming the Holy Year at the Holy Door

By Elliot Williams* VATICAN CITY — Saturday evening, in front of the Holy Door in the atrium of St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis’ will give the archpriests of the major basilicas of Rome copies of his “bull of indiction,” or formal proclamation, of the Holy Year of Mercy. An aide will read portions of it […]

A social worker’s response to the euthanasia question

By Elliot Williams VATICAN CITY — Last week, I had my first experience doing interviews within the walls of the Vatican. While attending the Pontifical Academy for Life’s conference on care for the elderly, I had the pleasure of speaking with Bishop Noel Simard of Valleyfield, Quebec, along with a few passionate professors and doctors […]

Pope names 15 new cardinal electors, most from global south

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Underscoring the geographical diversity of his selections, Pope Francis named 15 cardinal electors “from 14 nations of every continent, showing the inseparable link between the church of Rome and the particular churches present in the world.” The pope announced the names Jan. 4, after praying the Angelus with a crowd in […]

Continents converge as pilgrims celebrate creation of new cardinals

VATICAN CITY — The tasseled felt hats of German horse riders and the brightly colored head wraps of women from the Antilles were just a few of the signs of the universality of the Catholic church on display as pilgrims celebrated the creation of new cardinals. South Koreans and Canadians, Ivorians and Italians mixed and […]

Pope names 19 new cardinals, including six from Latin America

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis named 19 new cardinals, including the archbishops of Westminster and Quebec and six men from his home region of Latin America, and announced a consistory for their formal induction into the College of Cardinals Feb. 22. The pope announced the nominations to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square shortly […]

Twelve to watch as cardinals gather in Rome

UPDATES: Here are more names we’ve added to our list of influential cardinals after we published the article below: — Boston prelate known for humility, humor, crisis management (Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley) — Italian cardinal sees holiness, prayer as key to vocations (Cardinal Mauro Piacenza) — Pastor, educator: Genoa’s Cardinal Bagnasco promotes traditional family (Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco) — Argentine Cardinal […]

Salt and Light, Canada’s Catholic media network, at 10

Salt and Light, Canada’s Catholic television network, is now 10. Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, CEO of Salt and Light, tells Catholic News Service the network opens its celebration of a decade of broadcasting with a concert Dec. 6 featuring The Priests performing “Venite Adoremus.” The sold out concert will take place in Toronto’s Telus Center for […]

Canadian named to lead Haitian church rebuilding campaign

A Canadian civil engineer with three decades of experience in project management and construction oversight has been hired by the Haitian Conference of Catholic Bishops to oversee church reconstruction in the earthquake-stricken country. Quebec native Yves Lacourciere will take on the task of rebuilding dozens of parishes, schools, convents and community buildings that were destroyed […]

New saints: Mother Mary MacKillop, Brother Andre Bessette

VATICAN CITY — At today’s canonization Mass to proclaim six new saints, Pope Benedict spoke about figures dear to Catholics of Australia and Canada, Mother Mary MacKillop and Brother Andre Bessette. St. MacKillop, the pope said, began a teaching ministry that continues today: “Remember who your teachers were – from these you can learn the wisdom […]

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