The Pope in your pocket: new 2.0 app launched

(Vatican Radio/PCCS) Pope Francis has expressed his appreciation for the work being done by all the Vatican’s media services in enhancing their presence and participation in the digital world. The Pope’s words came on Monday as he was given a personal viewing of the new updated version of  “The Pope App”, developed by the Pontifical…

Utah to appeal ruling on same-sex marriage ban to U.S. Supreme Court

July 11, 2014 SALT LAKE CITY (CNS) — Utah’s attorney general said July 9 the state will go straight to the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of overturning a federal appellate court’s ruling that overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. On the same day in neighboring Colorado, a judge overturned that state’s ban on…

Archbishop Stefan Soroka to invite families persecuted for faith to 2015 gathering

July 11, 2014 PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Archbishop Stefan Soroka of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia plans to invite families who have endured religious persecution to attend the World Meeting of Families being held in Philadelphia in September 2015. “The Ukrainian Catholic Church has experienced religious persecution for centuries and from this experience, it is our…

Mercy sister who heads USCCB media relations new America correspondent

NEW YORK (CNS) — Jesuit Father Matt Malone, editor in chief of America, announced July 11 that the Jesuit-run magazine has named Mercy Sister Mary Ann Walsh as its U.S. church correspondent. Sister Walsh is the current director of the Office for Media Relations of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Communications in…

Pope names three auxiliary bishops for Hong Kong

July 11, 2014 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has named three auxiliary bishops for the Diocese of Hong Kong, including the diocesan vicar general, the head of Opus Dei for East Asia and the former regional superior of the Franciscan friars. The appointment of the three auxiliaries for the diocese, which has an estimated…

With friends’ help, singer with Parkinson’s still able to make music

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Grace Griffith, a vocalist who has had Parkinson’s disease since 1996, announced in 2003 that she was making her swan song from the stage. But life goes on, however bumpy the ride for the Catholic singer. Since 2003, she has released three other albums, including her latest, “Passing Through.” Now diagnosed with…

Vatican backs a ‘Pause for Peace’ during World Cup final

July 10, 2014 The Pontifical Council for Culture launched an effort designed to unite the world in asking for peace in warring countries by observing a moment of silence during the final game of the World Cup. “Sports were born around religious festivities. Sporting events were moments of peace when wars ceased, as for the…

Media give perspectives on migration issues at conference

July 10, 2014 WASHINGTON (CNS) — Members of the media offered their perspectives on migration in the modern world during the 2014 National Migration Conference in Washington. Highlighting ways that the Catholic Church serves migrant populations around the world, a panel of journalists encouraged Catholic and other advocates July 9 to continue fighting for immigration…

Pope’s meeting with sex abuse victims important step towards healing

July 10, 2014 Vatican Radio The meetings Pope Francis held this week with six survivors of sexual abuse were an “important and very positive” step on the road towards healing and better child protection in the Catholic Church. That’s according to an Irish abuse victim who now serves on the Vatican’s new Pontifical Commission for…

Vatican names new bank president, restructures financial offices

July 9, 2014 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As the restructuring of Vatican financial institutions moves into high gear, “our ambition is to become something of a model of financial management rather than a cause for occasional scandal,” said Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy. Introducing the new president of the…