Catholicism http://blog.wlrn.org en Miami Archdiocese Gets New Auxiliary Bishop http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-archdiocese-gets-new-auxiliary-bishop <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pope Francis has announced the new Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Miami. He is Monsignor Peter </span>Baldacchino<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from the European island nation of Malta.</span></p><p>Baldacchinno says he is excited to begin his new position of assisting Archbishop Thomas Wenski.</p><p>"It comes as a surprise to me from the fact that I’m Bishop-elect of the Archdiocese of Miami. I wait to learn what it involves," says&nbsp;Baldacchinno.</p> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 20:07:45 +0000 Lisann Ramos 28254 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami Archdiocese Gets New Auxiliary Bishop Popes John Paul II, John XXIII To Become Saints Next April http://blog.wlrn.org/post/popes-john-paul-ii-john-xxiii-become-saints-next-april The <a href="http://www.news.va/en/news/canonization-date-announced-for-blessed-popes-john" target="_blank">Vatican said Monday</a> that it has set April 27, 2014, as the date that popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be "raised to sainthood."<p>Their canonization will come on "the Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy," the Holy See added.<p>That date has significance because in 2000, <a href="http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/JohnPaulII/DivineMercy.asp" target="_blank">as AmericanCatholic.org writes</a>, Pope John Paul II celebrated at the canonization of St. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:42:04 +0000 Mark Memmott 21377 at http://blog.wlrn.org Popes John Paul II, John XXIII To Become Saints Next April Biographer Shoer Roth On 'The Spiritual Father' Of Miami’s Cuban Exiles http://blog.wlrn.org/post/biographer-shoer-roth-spiritual-father-miami-s-cuban-exiles <p></p><p>A month before he died last year at the age of 83, Augustín Román was honored by the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews for his interfaith work as a Roman Catholic bishop.&nbsp;So the fact that a Jewish author will pen Román’s authorized biography&nbsp; isn’t just fitting -- it is itself a reassuringly Miami narrative.</p><p>During the final months of his life, Román designated El Nuevo Herald religion writer Daniel Shoer Roth, a Venezuelan Jew, to tell his life story.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Tim Padgett 19317 at http://blog.wlrn.org Biographer Shoer Roth On 'The Spiritual Father' Of Miami’s Cuban Exiles Pope's Visit: A Bumpy Test Run For Rio's World Cup, Olympics http://blog.wlrn.org/post/popes-visit-bumpy-test-run-rios-world-cup-olympics While the recent World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro were a success for Pope Francis, they certainly weren't for the city government. Accusations of disorganization and transport failures have left residents wondering if Rio is really ready to host both the World Cup and the Olympics.<p>The TV images showed adoring Catholics <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/07/28/206316615/millions-gather-on-rio-beach-to-hear-pope-deliver-sunday-mass">swarming Rio's famous Copacabana Beach</a> to pray with the pontiff. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:05:46 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 18318 at http://blog.wlrn.org Pope's Visit: A Bumpy Test Run For Rio's World Cup, Olympics Millions Gather On Rio Beach To Hear Pope Deliver Sunday Mass http://blog.wlrn.org/post/millions-gather-rio-beach-hear-pope-deliver-sunday-mass <strong>This post last updated at 11:30 a.m. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 19:07:04 +0000 Scott Neuman 18151 at http://blog.wlrn.org Millions Gather On Rio Beach To Hear Pope Deliver Sunday Mass In First Public Mass In Brazil, Pope Francis Urges Humility, Charity http://blog.wlrn.org/post/first-public-mass-brazil-pope-francis-urges-humility-charity <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7QECA1DUMc</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 20:52:26 +0000 17960 at http://blog.wlrn.org In First Public Mass In Brazil, Pope Francis Urges Humility, Charity The Radical Brazilian Priest Who Was Excommunicated http://blog.wlrn.org/post/radical-brazilian-priest-who-was-excommunicated His name is Roberto Francisco Daniel, but he goes by Padre Beto. He sports an ear clip, and a rosary around his neck that dips into an open-necked patterned shirt. In short, Padre Beto looks cooler than your typical priest.<p>His decision to become a Catholic priest came late, he says. He was 28. He'd been to college, worked, and he wasn't a virgin. He says he thinks that's why he has a different way of looking at church doctrine.<p>"When I came back to Brazil from Germany in 2001 and became a parish priest, I naturally included my views in my homilies," he says in Portuguese. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 18:39:29 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 17949 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Radical Brazilian Priest Who Was Excommunicated Upon News Of Argentinian Pope, Latin Americans Are Overjoyed http://blog.wlrn.org/post/upon-news-argentinian-pope-latin-americans-are-overjoyed Pope Francis goes into history as the first pontiff from the New World.<p>For Latin America in particular, this is a momentous occasion: It is home to 483 million Catholics, or a little more than 40 percent of the global population.<p>Pope Francis was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, of Italian parents. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:26:49 +0000 editor 10811 at http://blog.wlrn.org Upon News Of Argentinian Pope, Latin Americans Are Overjoyed Who Is Pope Francis I? Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina http://blog.wlrn.org/post/who-pope-francis-i-jorge-bergoglio-argentina The new pope, 76-year-old Jorge Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, is the first pontiff from Latin America and the first Jesuit, but he appears to hold views very much in line with his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.<p>Bergoglio has chosen the papal name Francis, becoming the 266th to hold the title of spiritual leader of the Catholic Church.<p><a href="http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1301150.htm">Catholic News Service</a> calls him an accomplished theologian and says Bergoglio has "written books on spirituality and meditation and has been outspoken against abortion and sa Wed, 13 Mar 2013 20:27:58 +0000 Scott Neuman 10808 at http://blog.wlrn.org Who Is Pope Francis I? Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina Argentina's Cardinal Bergoglio Is The New Pope; He Will Be 'Francis' http://blog.wlrn.org/post/first-latin-american-pope-chosen-vatican-cardinal-jorge-mario-bergoglio-argentina The world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics have a new spiritual leader, and for the first time it is someone from the Americas.<p>As afternoon turned to evening in Vatican City on Wednesday, a little after 7 p.m. local time, white smoke rose from a chimney above the Sistine Chapel and bells rang through St. Peter's Square — the traditional signals that the church's cardinals have chosen a new pope.<p>A little more than an hour later, his identity was announced: 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 19:30:59 +0000 Mark Memmott 10804 at http://blog.wlrn.org Argentina's Cardinal Bergoglio Is The New Pope; He Will Be 'Francis' Pope Benedict XVI Is Resigning http://blog.wlrn.org/post/pope-benedict-xvi-resigning <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exSZqcQ3YZw</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:51:23 +0000 Mark Memmott 9166 at http://blog.wlrn.org Pope Benedict XVI Is Resigning