Elise Harris

Elise Harris

Elise Harris was senior Rome correspondent for CNA from 2012 to 2018.

Articles by Elise Harris

Pope Francis names three new auxiliary bishops for Chicago

Jul 3, 2018 / 03:51 am

The Vatican announced Tuesday that Pope Francis has named three new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Chicago, appointing Fr. Ronald Hicks, Fr. Robert G. Casey and Fr. Mark Bartosic to the positions.

Will the Amazon synod open the door to women deacons?

Jul 2, 2018 / 13:08 pm

While a veteran Vatican journalist has suggested that the 2019 Synod of Bishops from the Amazonian basin might open the door to the appointment of women as deacons, recent comments from the Vatican’s doctrinal chief imply that is not likely to be the case.

Pope: Don't be afraid of the cross – there is no glory without it

Jun 29, 2018 / 02:25 am

For Jesus, suffering and glory go hand in hand, Pope Francis said Friday, urging Christians not to fall into the temptation of running from the cross, but to imitate Christ in bending down to embrace the weak and vulnerable.

Red hat shows importance of Fatima message, new cardinal says

Jun 28, 2018 / 11:11 am

Among the Church’s newest cardinals is Antonio Augusto dos Santos Marto, who oversees the diocese of Leiria-Fatima. He says his elevation to the rank of cardinal is not only a sign of Francis' affinity for popular devotion, but shows the relevance of the message Mary gave to the Church when she appeared in the small town over 100 years ago.  

Now a cardinal, Giovanni Angelo Becciu heads to congregation for saints' causes

Jun 28, 2018 / 10:41 am

Newly-minted Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu will resign from his post as substitute of the Secretariat of State tomorrow, in anticipation of his appointment as prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints later this summer.

Pope Francis accepts the resignation of two more Chilean bishops

Jun 28, 2018 / 04:11 am

In his latest move on the Chilean clerical abuse crisis, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Horacio del Carmen Valenzuela Abarca of Talca, and Bishop Alejandro Goić Karmelić of Rancagua, both of whom have come under fire for their reaction to abuse allegations.

Pakistan's cardinal-elect warns of growing extremism in his country

Jun 27, 2018 / 12:07 pm

Ahead of tomorrow’s Vatican consistory, Pakistani Archbishop Joseph Coutts sees his upcoming elevation to the rank of cardinal as a sign of papal concern for a country coping with the heightened presence of extremist groups.

Pope Francis, Emmanuel Macron talk immigration in first meeting

Jun 26, 2018 / 12:42 pm

The heated debate over immigration in Europe was a central topic of discussion in a meeting between Pope Francis and French President Emmanuel Macron at the Vatican Tuesday

Pope Francis taps Italian bishop to head Vatican treasury

Jun 26, 2018 / 04:27 am

The Vatican announced Tuesday that Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Cardinal Domenico Calcagno as head of the body managing the Vatican's assets and real estate holdings, appointing Italian Bishop Nunzio Galantino to take his place.

Cardinal: To ensure religious freedom, minorities must be protected at home

Jun 25, 2018 / 12:28 pm

With religious persecution on the rise in many parts of the world, Church leaders and diplomats called for legal and cultural solutions to protect religious minorities.

Ex-Vatican diplomat found guilty of child porn charges

Jun 23, 2018 / 05:20 am

At the close of his civil trial in the Vatican, former Holy See diplomat Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella was found guilty of possessing and distributing child pornography and given a five-year prison sentence.

During trial, former Vatican diplomat admits viewing child pornography

Jun 22, 2018 / 15:01 pm

At the start of his Vatican City trial Friday, Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella, a former diplomat for the Holy See, admitted to charges of the possession and distribution of child pornography while working in the U.S.

Pope Francis: Jerusalem must be protected from political disputes

Jun 22, 2018 / 09:23 am

Pope Francis stressed Friday the important role the Eastern Catholic Churches play in spreading the Gospel given that many of them are concentrated in the Holy Land, and said Jerusalem in particular should be protected from tensions and political disputes.

Pope Francis meets with North, South Koreans in Geneva

Jun 21, 2018 / 08:37 am

In a move aimed at bridging political as well as ecumenical divides, Pope Francis during a day-trip to Geneva met with representatives from both North and South Korea who are in Geneva for a gathering aimed at promoting unity among Christians.

Mission is a prerequisite to unity, Pope says in Geneva

Jun 21, 2018 / 07:29 am

Speaking to ecumenical leaders Thursday, Pope Francis said Christian unity in many ways depends on a willingness to go out of oneself to meet the needs of others, and called for a “new evangelical outreach” among Christian communities.

Pope in Geneva: Real ecumenism puts Christ over division

Jun 21, 2018 / 02:28 am

Pope Francis landed in Geneva Thursday for a day-trip aimed at bolstering ecumenical relations, saying that division among Christians comes from worldliness, and Christ must be prioritized over any differences that might get in the way of unity.  

Pope says no to women priests, yes to women in Curial leadership

Jun 20, 2018 / 14:01 pm

In an interview with Reuters, Pope Francis said more space has to be created for women to take on leading roles in the Roman Curia, but that priestly ordination is not an option.  

Caritas hosts lunch for Italians to encounter migrants, refugees

Jun 20, 2018 / 11:28 am

The papal charity Caritas Internationalis hosted a lunch Tuesday in Rome with immigrants and refugees, hoping to foster a “culture of encounter” during its Global Action Week.

Abuse allegation against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick 'credible'

Jun 20, 2018 / 06:30 am

The Archdiocese of New York announced Wednesday that an investigation it conducted into an allegation of sexual abuse against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who oversaw multiple U.S. dioceses, has found the accusation to be “credible and substantiated.”

Pope Francis criticizes Trump's 'zero-tolerance' migrant policy

Jun 20, 2018 / 05:04 am

In a new interview with Reuters, Pope Francis backed the U.S. bishops' opposition to the separation of migrant children from their parents at the Mexican border, calling the move “immoral” and “contrary to Catholic values.”