Denver, Colo., Jul 31, 2013 (CNA/EWTN News) - Thirty-year-old Heather Quinlan will soon be leaving her home in California to spend a year in Rwanda serving as a mentor and English teacher at a Catholic boarding school for girls ages 11 to 19.
“It seemed like a suitable time … in the last four years I had wrestled so much with my vocation – I spent a couple years praying about the consecrated life and a couple years discerning a relationship, so for four years I felt just so focused on myself,” she told CNA July 29.
Quinlan will be at the School of Our Lady of Providence of Karubanda as a missionary with Fidesco, a Catholic organization of the Emmanuel Community which provides volunteers to assist in developing countries.
“My prayers were about my life, my thoughts were about my life, and so when I was thinking about Fidesco I thought, man, it would be so good … to stop thinking about myself, and go someplace where people need so much love and are in so much need, that my prayers revolve around them.”
“So I look forward to that, to stop being selfish, and to just live for these others,” she said.
The Karubanda school houses 600 girls and is located in Butare, a cathedral city of some 77,000 people in southern Rwanda.
The school's current Fidesco volunteer has been there primarily to teach English, but would be “swarmed” by the schoolgirls who would “ask her about class, but also just life questions,” Quinlan said.
“You can imagine all these teenagers, their parents can come visit the last Sunday of the month, so there's not a lot of parental interaction in-person … so these children have questions.”
The kids were so eager for advice about their lives that the current volunteer said “we need someone who can come and have her own designated space or office, and all of the girls can come and talk to her about all of their questions, all these things they're wrestling with,” Quinlan explained.
“So that's going to be me.”
“I'll be present to the girls, play sports with them, take them on hikes in the little forest on the property. Through those interactions, I'll talk about life with them, and faith. So those are the two things I've been told – a mentor and an English teacher.”
Quinlan leaves next week for six days of Fidesco training in France, and has already had considerable missionary experience to help prepare her for her year in Rwanda. She has served as a campus minister at a university and as an evangelization director for a parish in Minneapolis, Minn.
She also spent a year in the Emmanuel School of Mission, a program of evangelization in Rome that also included shorter missions to Ireland, the Netherlands, and Lisbon, Portugal.
Quinlan is a member of the Emmanuel Community, a public association of the faithful will three pillars, Adoration, compassion, and evangelization. She described Fidesco as the community's “compassion” or “humanitarian” branch. It was founded in 1981 after a group of African bishops requested missionaries of the Emmanuel Community who would bring both professional skills and a “good Christian witness” to their countries.
“I always thought I would do Fidesco,” Quinlan said, explaining that she had long been intrigued by the Peace Corps, and thought “this is a Catholic Peace Corps!” when she learned of the organization.
More immediately, Quinlan read in December “Kisses from Katie,” which recounts the experience of another young woman who taught school in Uganda for a year.
“I thought, 'Jesus is literally starving to death in other countries, and he's abandoned,' and my heart really went out, especially to the children … So, I decided I wanted to do something.”
“I just wanted to care for Jesus in the distressing disguise of the poor.”
She said the words of Pope Francis, “go to the fringes,” are exciting for her, “as I leave the comfort of my home, and just go, where things are radically different … just to be available to meet them there.”
“I put that link together in my mind: I'm going to do this year of service to the poor, and Pope Francis is the Pope, and he's talking about that … go, go and be with the poor.”
Quinlan explained that “Fidesco is really insistent that people do not choose their mission (location). They find people can face the difficulties of the mission better, if the mission has been given to them.”
So when she applied and went to an interview weekend, she was given two weeks to say yes or no to a year of service with Fidesco. Without knowing where she might be going.
“I thought Fidesco wasn't for me,” she said, because during the interview weekend it was explained that the group is more about “service with love” than evangelization.
“And I thought 'aw, I want to evangelize … how could I not?'”
She was made another offer of missionary work in which she'd be giving her testimony, “talking about the Lord every single day.”
“I could just be talking about Jesus all the time,” Quinlan said. And yet faced with this opportunity for evangelization, “I wanted to go serve the poor.”
“So I ended up choosing Fidesco, trusting that the Lord knows the desires of my heart, so he's not going to give me a mission project that's just completely boring for me or doesn't fit me.”
Quinlan said she was confirmed in her trust when she learned she was going to Rwanda to work at a school, since “I really wanted to work with children” because of reading “Kisses from Katie.”
Fidesco volunteers receive a stipend that allows them to live “moderately but justly.” The organization provides half of the stipend, and the volunteers must fundraise the remaining half.
To learn more about Quinlan and support her in her mission work please visit: http://roamingheather.blogspot.com/.
Washington D.C., Jul 31, 2013 (CNA/EWTN News) -
Recent comments by Pope Francis on the role of women in the Church not only assert that their status does not depend on ordination, but call for a developed “theology of women,” says a Catholic analyst.
“He’s acknowledging that a lot has changed with the modern world for women, and that maybe the Church hasn’t spoken as much as it could to the issues that women are facing,” said Ashley McGuire, senior fellow of The Catholic Association.
“He put to rest,” however, “any question as to whether or not he’s going to change Church teaching,” she told CNA.
Pope Francis spoke on the role of women during a 20-minute interview with the Spanish newspaper, El Pais, during a July 29 flight back to Europe following World Youth Day in Brazil.
During the interview, the Pope emphasized that the understanding of women’s participation in the church cannot be limited “to the acolyte, to the president of Caritas, the catechist,” and advocated for “a more profound theology of women.”
The Pope also spoke plainly on the topic of the ordination of women, saying that “the Church has spoken and said no.”
“John Paul II, in a definitive formulation, said that door is closed.”
He noted that the existence of a male-only priesthood does not diminish the role of women, adding that the “Virgin Mary was more important than the apostles and bishops and deacons and priests,” and that the feminine Church, as the Bride of Christ “is more important than the bishops and priests.”
“This is what we should try to explain better,” Pope Francis said.
McGuire said that she was “ glad to see him talking about and addressing the role of women” and “appreciated what he said, because it’s not sufficient just to say what women can or cannot do.”
The topic of women’s ordination, she said, is “not something that he has the ability to change,” stressing a “continuity” between Pope Francis’s words and the work of previous Popes.
“I think that Pope John Paul II laid a really great foundation,” in works such as “Mullieris Dignitatem,” McGuire said, in providing steps towards the new “theology of women” Pope Francis mentioned.
“I think it’s exciting to think that Pope Francis is going to build on that,” she added.
McGuire also said she appreciated that the Pope “hinted at professional women,” and his “acknowledging where ‘woman’ is in our times.”
“I’m excited to see him addressing the role of women without it having to do with women’s ordination.”
“I just see him acknowledging something that the laity has been talking a lot about recently: that women make a very positive contribution to the professional world, to the Church, to society more broadly.”
Rome, Italy, Jul 31, 2013 (CNA/EWTN News) -
Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of Saint Ignatius in Rome by reminding his fellow Jesuits of the dual centrality of Christ and the Church for their lives and their order.
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, told journalists July 31 that it was “a unique and beautiful situation” for them as they remembered the founder of their order at the Church of Jesus (Chiesa del Gesú) in Rome.
The Mass began at 8:15 a.m. and was presided over by Pope Francis, who was joined in the celebration by Archbishop Luis Ladaria, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and the Father General of the Society of Jesus, Adolfo Nicolas.
In his homily, the Pope reflected on three concepts: putting Christ at the center of the Church, allowing oneself to be conquered by him to serve, and feeling the shame of our limits and sins in order to grow in humility.
Pope Francis began his homily by noting that “the symbol of the Jesuits is a monogram, the acronym for ‘Iesus Hominum Salvator,’ which reminds us constantly of a fact we must never forget: the centrality of Christ for each one of us, and for the entire Society, that St. Ignatius chose to call ‘the Society of Jesus’ to indicate its point of reference.”
“The centrality of Christ,” he added, “also corresponds to the centrality of the Church: they are two flames that cannot be separated. I cannot follow Christ other than in the Church and with the Church. And also in this case, we Jesuits and the entire Society are not in the center; we are, so to say, removed; we are in the service of Christ and of the Church.”
The key to living this “dual centrality,” the Pope taught, is to let oneself “be conquered by Christ. I seek Jesus, I serve Jesus because he sought me first.”
He illustrated his point by recalling “a very descriptive” Spanish phrase: “‘El nos primerea’ – he is always first before us. To be conquered by Christ to offer to this King our entire person, all our effort to imitate him also in withstanding injustice, contempt, poverty.”
Reflecting on putting Christ first, brought Pope Francis to mention Father Paolo dall'Oglio, a Jesuit who has been missing in Syria for several days and is feared dead or kidnapped.
Fr. Lombardi told reporters that the Vatican does not have any “specific information (about Fr. dall’Oglio), so we can’t make a pronouncement on the situation.”
Pope Francis final thought in his homily focused on “the shame of not being able to measure up.”
He drew from the First Week of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, where Christ crucified is contemplated. During that period of mediation, the Pope said, “we feel that sentiment, so human and so noble, that is the shame of not being able to measure up; and this leads us always, as individuals and as a Society, to humility, to living this great virtue.”
“Humility makes us aware every day that it is not we who build the Kingdom of God, but rather it is always the grace of the Lord that acts in us; humility that urges us to give ourselves not in service to ourselves or our ideas, but in the service of Christ and the Church …” he preached.
The Holy Father also kept the eternal perspective in mind, saying that when he thinks “of the twilight of a Jesuit's life, when a Jesuit finishes his life, two icons always come to mind: that of St. Francis Xavier looking to China, and that of Father Arrupe in his final conversation at the refugee camp.”
“It benefits us to look at these two icons, to return to them, and to ask that our twilight be like theirs,” he said.
Pope Francis finished his homily by encouraging the congregation to ask Mary to help them “feel the shame of our inadequacy before the treasure that has been entrusted to us, to live in humility before the Lord. May the paternal intercession of St. Ignatius accompany our path and that of all holy Jesuits, who continue to teach us to do everything with humility, ad maiorem Dei gloriam.”
More than 200 Jesuits and around 600 employees of the institutions they run were present for today’s feast, which was an invitation-only ceremony.
After Mass, the Pope prayed at the altars of St. Ignatius, St. Francis Xavier, the Madonna of the Streets and Father Pedro Arrupe, all of whom are buried in the church.
Before returning to the Vatican, Pope Francis met with the Father General Adolfo Nicolas and some of his fellow Jesuits.
Vatican City, Jul 31, 2013 (CNA/EWTN News) -
Pope Francis’ message for the Jan. 1, 2014 World Day of Peace is that living a life of fraternity can lead to peace for a world struggling with many tragedies.
“In the face of the many tragedies that afflict the family of nations – poverty, hunger, underdevelopment, conflicts, migrations, pollution, inequalities, injustice, organized crime, fundamentalisms – fraternity is the foundation and the pathway to peace,” says a July 31 Vatican announcement on the theme for the 47th World Day of Peace.
The choice of “Fraternity, the foundation and pathway to peace” as the theme for his first Day of Peace echoes the message of solidarity that Pope Francis has already made a hallmark of his papacy.
“Fraternity,” says the communiqué, “is a dowry that every man and every woman brings with himself or herself as a human being, as a child of the one Father.”
The Vatican statement also underscores that in modern society the predominant “culture of personal well-being” leads to “a loss of the sense of responsibility and fraternal relationship.”
“Others, rather than being ‘like us,’ appear more as antagonists or enemies and are often treated as objects. Not uncommonly, the poor and needy are regarded as a ‘burden,’ a hindrance to development. At most, they are considered as recipients of aid or compassionate assistance,” it says.
The announcement also underscores how living a life based in fraternity is “a gift and task that comes from God the Father.”
It “urges us to be in solidarity against inequality and poverty that undermine the social fabric, to take care of every person, especially the weakest and most defenseless, to love him or her as oneself, with the very heart of Jesus Christ.”
“In a world that is constantly growing more interdependent,” the statement notes, “the good of fraternity is one that we cannot do without.”
“It serves to defeat the spread of the globalization of indifference to which Pope Francis has frequently referred.”
Instead, the communiqué emphasizes that the Holy Father is calling for a “globalization of fraternity” which leaves its mark on “every aspect of life, including the economy, finance, civil society, politics, research, development, public and cultural institutions.”
Vatican City, Jul 31, 2013 (CNA/EWTN News) -
Pope Francis is considering whether he will make Pope Pius XII a saint, in the same way that he approved the cause of John XXIII.
A source who works at the Vatican’s Congregation for Causes of Saints, who asked for anonymity, told CNA July 25 that “just as Pope Francis moved ahead with John XXIII’s canonization, he is considering the same thing for Pius XII.”
According to the normal procedures, Pius XII would be beatified once a miracle attributed to his intercession is officially certified by a team of doctors and recognized by a commission of cardinals.
But if Pope Francis decides to go ahead without a miracle, he could “even canonize him with the formula of scientia certa (certainty in knowledge), thereby jumping over the step of beatification,” the source said.
“Only the Pope is able to do it, and he will, if he wants to.”
Pope Francis is very interested in Pius XII because “he considers him ‘a great,’ in the same way as John XXIII is, even if for different reasons,” the source explained.
But there is also a historical reason that Pope Francis is interested in Pius XII.
When Pope Paul VI started the beatification and canonization process in 1967, nine years after Pius XII’s death, he formed a committee of historians to conduct an in-depth study of his predecessor’s life and behavior, giving particular attention to the events of World War II.
The committee was made up of four Jesuits: Fathers Pierre Blet (France), Angelo Martini (Italy), Burkhart Schneider (Germany), and Robert A. Graham (United States).
Their work led to the publication of “Actes et Documents du Saint Siège relatifs à la Seconde Guerre Mondiale” (Acts and Documents of the Holy See related to the Second World War), an 11-volume collection of documents from the Vatican’s Secret Archive about Pius XII’s papacy during that tumultuous time.
Yet, the remainder of the documents from Pius XII’s papacy is not expected to be released until 2014 – the time it will take to organize the papers.
The completed catalog will include approximately 16 million documents from Pius XII's papacy (1939-1958).
Pope Benedict XVI initially decided to postpone Pius XII's cause for sainthood and advocated waiting until the archives would be open for researchers in 2014.
But Benedict changed his mind and declared Pius XII Venerable on Dec. 19, 2009, based on the recommendation of the committee investigating his cause.
The decision was met with criticism from some Jewish quarters, which charged that Pius XII was silent about the Holocaust and did not do enough to resist the Germans.
Despite the conclusions of the committee, the debate that followed the initial criticism brought Pius XII’s canonization process to a halt.
According to Matteo Luigi Napolitano, a member of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Science who wrote several books about Pius XII, “for what concerns the historical judgment, the dossier on Pius XII is almost complete.”
Napolitano added in his July 29 interview with CNA, “theological judgments on Pius XII’s life and behavior” are “not competence of the historians.”
His remarks referred to what is known as a “positio,” a document that is compiled for every person being considered for canonization, after they have been declared “venerable” – the second step in the process.
The study is comprised of two parts: the first deals with the history of the person and is sketched by a commission of historians, while the second contains a “theological judgment” on the life and works of venerable, which is handed down by a theological committee.
At the moment, according to the source from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis has said he wants Pius XII’s cause to move ahead.
Since there are several miracles attributed to Pius XII’s intercession, the source explained that Pope Francis might decide that he will sidestep the normal process and declare him a saint.
“It is not impossible that the Pope would act in the way he did for the canonization of John XXIII.”
When Pope Francis decided to approve the canonization of John XXIII, he submitted his case to a vote by the members of the congregation, despite the fact that “a miracle attributed to the intercession of John XXIII was discussed,” the source said.
But “the miracle would have needed further checks,” the saints expert explained, so Pope Francis “opted to canonize him without waiting for the certification of the miracle.”
The source maintained, “this seems to be possible for what concerns Pius XII.”
Matteo Luigi Napolitano acknowledged that the possibility of the Pope pushing the cause forward. There are “several (saints) causes that, for several reasons, are the object of pressures,” he remarked.
What remains to be seen is whether Pius XII being declared a saint will result in a new debate about the emerging historical record of the wartime Pope or a recycling of the claims that he was “Hitler’s Pope.”
Napolitano noted, “the debate about Pius XII is more widely a debate about the Shoah, i.e. the biggest tragedy of the Second World War.”
So, Napolitano said, “it is normal to investigate what the Vatican did during that period.”
This investigation involves several areas of interest: the choice of the Holy See to remain neutral, the way Christian values were lived during that period, the choices of Catholics who confronted the tactics of the Nazis, and what dioceses and clergy in countries involved in the war did.
Napolitano underlined that “the ‘positio’ on Pius XII is made up of all of these aspects, with a collection of sources that agreed the Congregation for the Causes of Saint should carry their job forward.”
For what concerns a historical judgment of Pius XII's behavior, “interpretations can vary, but I can say that the most authoritative Jewish, Catholic and lay historians agree on one key point: Eugenio Pacelli never was, and he never could be, ‘Hitler’s Pope.’”
Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Jul 31, 2013 (CNA/EWTN News) - Celebrating Mass for the 79 victims of the July 24 train crash near Santiago de Compostela, Spanish Archbishop Julia Barrio invited the mourning families to seek hope and comfort in Christ.
When we unite our suffering to that of Christ, it becomes redemptive, the archbishop told those gathered at a July 29 Mass at the Santiago Cathedral, including the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Spanish President Mariano Rajoy, and the regional governor Alberto Nunez Feijoo.
In his homily, Archbishop Barrio noted that “from the very first moments Pope Francis has been united with us in spirit with his fraternal affection and heartfelt solidarity. We are deeply thankful to him.”
“It is not easy to understand and accept” this tragedy, he added, but the mystery of death and suffering are “signs of light.”
“Everything has meaning in our lives,” the Santiago de Compostela archbishop continued. “Suffering and death seem to contradict the good news of the love of God and to shake our faith. But the faith tells us that our pain and suffering united to Christ on the cross brings salvation.”
“For this reason all of the sadness we feel for the death of a loved one is sacred,” he explained. Only hope in Jesus Christ “can console the loss of our loved ones and give meaning to our lives.”
He concluded by inviting family members to call on the Apostle James and the Virgin Mary for their aid.
“We pray that they have journeyed with them to the gates of heavenly Glory. Holy Apostle James, through you may hope shine forth from here,” the archbishop prayed.
Vatican City, Jul 31, 2013 (CNA) - The Institute for Religious Works, informally known as the Vatican Bank, has launched a new website intended to advance transparency about the institute at a time of controversy.
The institute’s president, Ernst von Freyberg, said the website is intended “to tell our customers, the Church, the interested public, what we are doing, how our reform efforts are progressing, and what the scope of our work is.”
“It is an important part of transparency to launch a website,” he told Vatican Radio.
The Vatican Bank serves as a central financial body of the Holy See with 114 employees. It receives and administers assets for religious or charitable activities, especially those in the developing world. Its profits are at the disposal of the Pope.
The new website, www.ior.va, explains the institute’s activity, summarizes its history, and describes reform efforts.
It also explains the governance of the institution. A five-member cardinals’ commission reviews the bank’s accounts, business process and strategy. It appoints the Board of Superintendents, a five-member lay committee that defines the bank’s strategy and ensures oversight of the bank.
“We consider the journalists and the media our key intermediaries with the public, but also with those in the Church who are interested in our work,” von Freyberg said. “And we hope that this website will also create a platform to communicate with journalists and the media.”
The Vatican Bank has been the center of controversy and several scandals in recent years.
In 2010 Italian authorities temporarily seized $30 million from the Vatican Bank, alleging that the bank had not complied with Italian laws requiring the disclosure of information about account holders and beneficiaries.
The Vatican responded to the scandal by creating an oversight office called the Financial Information Authority.
Money laundering charges again arose last month with the Italian police’s June 28 arrest of Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, a senior accountant employed at the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See. He allegedly planned to use his account at the Vatican Bank for money laundering in a plot to move 20 million Euros, about $26 million, from Switzerland into Italy.
On July 1, 2013, the Vatican Bank director Paoli Cipriani and his deputy Massimo Tulli resigned, saying it was in the “best interests” of the Vatican Bank and the Holy See.
The Vatican is seeking to meet international standards intended to fight financial crimes and tax evasion, especially the standards of the European anti-money laundering committee Moneyval. The Vatican Bank is also undergoing an outside review by the U.S.-based Promontory Financial Group which is examining all client relationships and anti-money laundering procedures.
Last year, the Vatican Bank had a controversial leadership change.
In May 2012, the lay supervisory board voted to fire then-president of the Vatican Bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, on the grounds the board had no confidence in how he had carried out his duties. Tedeschi said his reputation had been wrongly maligned.
On June 24 Pope Francis established a new five-member referring commission to examine the Vatican Bank. He asked the commission to gather “accurate information on the legal status and various activities” of the bank to allow for “a better harmonization” with “the universal mission of the apostolic see.”
In June a Vatican official, speaking to CNA anonymously, explained that the commission aims to understand if the Vatican Bank “fulfills the mission of the Church in its current structure, or if it needs to be reformed.”
Some church leaders have suggested that the institute should be closed entirely.
Von Freyberg told Vatican Radio that the institute’s employees have been working to make the bank “as transparent, efficient, completely compliant institute following the highest regulatory and professional standards.”
“We wish to create options for the Holy Father to decide later in this year how he wishes to organize our activities going forward,” von Freyberg said.
Bridgeport, Conn., Jul 31, 2013 (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis has selected Auxiliary Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Brooklyn to be the next Bishop of Bridgeport, Conn.
“My friends, I come to you as a fellow pilgrim on the journey of faith, eager to learn about the good work done each day throughout our diocese,” Bishop Caggiano said at a July 31 press conference in Bridgeport.
“I ask for your prayers, help and support. Let us work together, inviting one another to a deeper love of the Lord Jesus and His People and to bring the Good News of salvation to all who are willing to listen.”
“It is an awesome and exciting ministry that will bring with it wonderful opportunities to gather people in prayer and to invite everyone to grow in holiness of life,” the bishop added.
Noting the “challenges” of the ministry, he said “I have every confidence that the Lord always provides us whatever we need to meet those challenges and through the struggles we share to deepen our faith and love for Him and one another.”
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn said that Bishop Caggiano had “faithfully served” the Catholics of Brooklyn and Queens for 26 years.
“I can attest that he is an outstanding priest. He has been one of my closest collaborators,” Bishop DiMarzio added. “I can unequivocally state that he will be an outstanding pastor to the faithful of Bridgeport.”
Bishop Caggiano, 54, was born in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn on Easter Sunday in 1959. His parents, Arnaldo and Gennarina Caggiano, had emigrated to the U.S. in 1958 from the town of Caggiano in Italy’s southern Salerno province.
The bishop told Wednesday’s press conference that growing up he was particularly influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy trilogy “The Lord of the Rings,” the Hartford Courant reports.
“I think it’s a brilliant parable of the basic themes of the Christian life,” he said. “It also opened up my imagination. Imagination is an underutilized road to faith.”
The future Bishop Caggiano graduated from the Jesuits’ Regis High School in Manhattan in 1977. He entered Yale University as a political science major but transferred to the Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception, a seminary preparatory school, in January 1978. He graduated from there in June 1981, a backgrounder from the Diocese of Bridgeport says.
He worked as a sales associate for McGraw Hill Publishing Company in the New York City area before beginning his studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, New York.
He was ordained to the priesthood in May 1987 and served as a parochial vicar at two Brooklyn parishes before going to Gregorian University in Rome, where he received a doctorate in sacred dogma in May 1996.
After returning to Brooklyn, he served as a parochial vicar at another Brooklyn parish and the dean of formation of the diocese’s permanent diaconate program, which he later served as director.
In December 1998 then-Father Caggiano was named pastor of St. Dominic’s Church in the Bensonhurst region of Brooklyn. He also taught many courses in theology at St. Joseph’s College and the Staten Island campus of St. John’s University.
Pope John Paul II named the priest a papal chaplain in 2003. Bishop DiMarzio named him Vicar for Evangelization and Pastoral Life in 2004 and ordained him a bishop in August 2006.
Monsignor Jerald A. Doyle, administrator of the Bridgeport diocese since May 2012, said the diocese welcomed the appointment.
“The Holy Father has blessed us with a priest, pastor and teacher with extensive experience at every level of diocesan ministries,” he said July 31. “Most importantly, he is a man of deep faith, love for the Church and commitment to the Gospel. On behalf of the clergy, religious and laity, we welcome him with open arms and with our prayers that God will bless him as the shepherd of our diocese.”
Bishop DiMarzio said Bishop Caggiano led the reorganization of Catholic schools and academies to make them more sustainable. He also helped guide all the diocese’s parishes to a “firm financial footing.”
“Bishop Caggiano embodies the best of the vision that Pope Francis has for those who are called to be shepherds in the Church,” the bishop said. “I offer my prayers for Bishop Caggiano as he undertakes this new ministry in his Episcopacy.”
The bishop’s installation Mass is scheduled for Sept. 19.
The Diocese of Bridgeport has a population of over 925,000 people, of whom almost 411,000 are Catholic, the U.S. bishops’ conference reports.
The previous Bishop of Bridgeport was Archbishop William Edward Lori, who now heads the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 31, 2013 (CNA/EWTN News) - Archbishop Orani Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro said World Youth Day 2013 has had a positive impact on the country, not only in economic terms, but also as far as Catholic witness.
“Copacabana has never seen so many joyful and peaceful people committed to building a better world,” he said, referring to the more than three million young people who lined the beach for the Closing Mass.
Speaking at a July 30 press conference to thank volunteers, host families and organizers of World Youth Day, the archbishop said the event’s success can ultimately be attributed to God.
He pointed to numerous changes that had taken place during the planning process.
“There was even a change of Popes, but we were able to hold a beautiful World Youth Day and serve all the young people,” he said.
“It was an event without any violence or crime,” he added. “And those positive signs that we saw in young people should continue. We want these young people, inspired by World Youth Day, to continue to be the protagonists of a new world.”
Pilgrims from 175 countries registered for the World Youth Day events, Archbishop Tempesta said. The majority were between the ages of 19 and 34. Fifty-five percent of registrants were women, and 45 percent were men.
According to tourism estimates, pilgrims spent nearly 1.8 billion Brazilian reales – the local currency – during the event.
Four million hosts were made for the various Masses, the archbishop continued, and the final Mass drew more than three million participants, including 664 bishops and 7,814 priests. Catechesis sessions took place at 264 locations throughout the city and in 25 languages.
During the press conference, Archbishop Tempesta said that each time Pope Francis flew over the Christ the Redeemer statue, he prayed and gazed upon the monument with admiration.
Recalling an encounter between a 9-year-old Brazilian boy who climbed up on Pope Francis’ vehicle to talk to him and embrace him, the archbishop said that the boy “demonstrated the affection of the entire Brazilian people.”