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Pope Announces New Cardinals


During today’s Angelus, the Holy Father Francis has announced the names of the new cardinals who he will appoint in the consistory of 14 February next:

As previously announced, on February 14th will have the joy of holding a Consistory, during which I will appoint 15 new cardinals, who, coming from 14 countries on every continent, show the inseparable bond between the Church of Rome and the particular Churches present in the world.

Sunday, February 15 will preside at a solemn Mass with the new Cardinals, while the 12 and 13 February I will hold a consistory with all the cardinals to reflect on the guidelines and proposals for the reform of the Roman Curia.

The new cardinals are:

1 - Mons. Dominique Mamberti, Titular Archbishop of Sagona, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.

2 - Mons. Manuel José Macário do Nascimento Clemente, Patriarch of Lisbon (Portugal).

3 - Mons. Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel, CM, Archbishop of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).

4 - Msgr. John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington (New Zealand).

5 - Mons. Edoardo Menichelli, Archbishop of Ancona-Osimo (Italy).

6 - Mons. Pierre Nguyen Van Nhon, Archbishop of Hanoi (Vietnam).

7 - Msgr. Alberto Suarez Inda, Archbishop of Morelia (Mexico).

8 - Mons. Charles Maung Bo, SDB, Archbishop of Yangon (Myanmar).

9 - Mons. Kriengsak Kovitvanit, Archbishop of Bangkok (Thailand).

10 - Mons. Francesco Montenegro, Archbishop of Agrigento (Italy).

11 - Mons. Daniel Sturla, SDB, Archbishop of Montevideo (Uruguay).

12 - Mons. Ricardo Blázquez Pérez, Archbishop of Valladolid (Spain).

13 - Mons. José Luis Lacunza Maestrojuan, OAR, Bishop David (Panama).

14 - Mons. Arlindo Gomes Furtado, Bishop of Santiago de Cabo Verde (Cape Verde Archipelago).

15 - Mons. Soane Patita Paini Mafi, Bishop of Tonga (Tonga Islands).

Will join also to the members of the College of Cardinals 5 Archbishops and Bishops Emeriti who are distinguished for their pastoral charity in service to the Holy See and the Church. They represent many Bishops who, with the same care as pastors, they gave witness of love for Christ and the People of God in the particular Churches, both in the Roman Curia, both in the diplomatic service of the Holy See.

They are:

1 - Mons. José de Jesús Rodríguez Pimiento, retired archbishop of Manizales.

2 - Mons. Luigi De Magistris, Titular Archbishop of Nova, Pro-Penitentiary Emeritus.

3 - Msgr. Karl-Joseph Rauber, Titular Archbishop of Giubalziana, Apostolic Nuncio.

4 - Mons. Luis Héctor Villalba, Archbishop Emeritus of Tucumán.

5 - Mons. Julio Duarte Langa, Bishop Emeritus of Xai-Xai.

We pray for the new Cardinals so, renewing their love for Christ, are witnesses of his Gospel in the city of Rome and the world, and with their experience more intensely pastoral support me in my apostolic service.

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Brief biographies of the 20 cardinals that will be created by Pope Francis in the consistory of February 14, 2015
[main source for biographies: Bulletin of the Press Office of the Holy See]

S.E. Mons. Dominique MAMBERTI

Titular Archbishop of Sagona

Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura
S.E. Mons. Dominique Mamberti was born in Marrakech, in the Archdiocese of Rabat (Morocco), March 7, 1952.
He was ordained priest on 20 September 1981 for the diocese of Ajaccio (Corsica - France).
He holds a degree in Canon and Civil Law.

Entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 1 March 1986, he lent his work later at the Pontifical Representations in Algeria, Chile, the Permanent Mission to the UN in New York, Lebanon, and finally at the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State.

On 18 May 2002 he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio in Sudan and Apostolic Delegate in Somalia and elected to the office holder of Sagona, with the dignity of archbishop. He received his episcopal consecration on 3 July 2002.

On 19 February 2004 he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio in Eritrea.

On 15 September 2006 the Holy Father Benedict XVI appointed him Secretary for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State.

The November 8, 2014 Pope Francis named him Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.


Patriarch of Lisbon (Portugal)

S.E. Mons. José Manuel Macário do Nascimento Clemente was born in Torres Vedras, Patriarchate of Lisbon (Portugal), July 16, 1948.

After graduating in General History from the University of Lisboa, entered the Patriarchal Seminary Cristo Rei dos Olivais. He earned a doctorate in theology, with specialization in Historical Theology at the Catholic University of Portugal.

On 29 June 1979 he was ordained a priest and was incardinated in the Patriarchate of Lisbon.

In Patriarchate has played engagements Vice Rector and Rector of the Major Seminary, Professor of the Faculty of Theology at the Portuguese Catholic University, member of the Cathedral Chapter, the Council of Priests and the Pastoral Council.

On 6 November 1999 he was appointed by Pope John Paul II Titular Bishop of Pinhel and Auxiliary of Lisboa and received episcopal ordination on January 22, 2000.

On 22 February 2007 the Holy Father Benedict XVI appointed him Bishop of the Diocese of Porto.

The May 18, 2013 Pope Francis named him Patriarch of Lisboa.

From 19 June 2013, the President of the Portuguese Episcopal Conference, having been its Deputy Chairman. As part of the same conference has held the position of President of the Episcopal Commission for Culture, Cultural and Social Communications.

Author of numerous publications, from 2012 is member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

S.E. Mons. Berhaneyesus Demerew SOURAPHIEL, C. M.

Archbishop of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

S.E. Mons. Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel was born July 14, 1948 in Tcheleleka, in the Apostolic Vicariate of Harar, nell’Etiopia Central.

In 1963 he entered the minor seminary of Guder, entrusted to the Vincentians. He studied philosophy at the Major Seminary Makanissa.

He was ordained a priest in Addis Ababa, July 4, 1976.

In 1980 he was elected delegate to the General Assembly of the Vincentians in Rome. During this time he graduated in Sociology at the Pontifical Gregorian University; returned to Addis Ababa in 1983. In 1990 he became superior of the Vincentian house in Addis Ababa.

In 1992 he was appointed Episcopal Vicar for Kaffa and Illubabor.

With the erection of the Apostolic Prefecture of Jimma-Bonga June 10, 1994, it became the first Apostolic Prefect.

On 7 November 1997 he was appointed Titular Bishop of Bita and Auxiliary of Addis Ababa. He received episcopal ordination on 25 January 1998.

On 16 June 1999, having vacated the seat Metropolitan Archbishop of Addis Ababa for the resignation of Card. Paulos Tzadua, has been appointed Chief vacant seat” of the same Archeparchy.

On 7 July 1999 the Holy Father John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

President of the Episcopal Conference of Ethiopia and Eritrea (since 1999); President of the Council of the Ethiopian Church (since 1998) and from July 2014 President AMECEA (Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa).

As President of the Episcopal Conference of Ethiopia and Eritrea participated in the recent III Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family (October 2014).

S.E. Msgr. John Dew

Archbishop of Wellington (New Zealand)

S.E. Msgr. John Dew was born May 5, 1948 at Waipawa, then in the Archdiocese of Wellington, currently Diocese of Palmerston North.

He completed his ecclesiastical studies at Holy Name Seminary Christchurch and at the National Seminar of Holy Cross College in Mosgiel.

He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Wellington May 9, 1976.

After ordination, he has made the following pastoral ministries: 1976-1979: Vice-pastor at Upper Hutt; 1980-1982: Missionary and parish priest in the diocese of Rarotonga (Cook Islands); 1982-1987: Chaplain of Catholic immigrants in Wellington from the Cook Islands, and at the same time was commissioned dell’Archdiocesan Youth Ministry; 1988-1991: Director of Education for pupils in the National Seminar of Holy Cross in Mosgiel; 1991-1993: Study abroad at the Institute of St Anselm in Kent (England), where he obtained a Diploma in Pastoral Spirituality. From 1993 to 1995 he was pastor of St. Anne‘s Parish in Newtown.

On 1 April 1995 he was appointed titular Bishop of Privata and Auxiliary of Wellington (New Zealand). He received his episcopal consecration on 31 May of that year.

Promoted Coadjutor of the Archdiocese of Wellington on 29 April 2004 he became Archbishop March 21, 2005.

Since April 1, 2005 is also Military Ordinary for New Zealand.

Since 2012 he has been President of the Episcopal Conference of New Zealand, and was also President of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania (FCBCO), from 2011 to May 2014.

As President of the Episcopal Conference of New Zealand participated in the recent III Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family (October 2014), where he was Speaker of the club less English A”.

S.E. Mons. Edward MENICHELLI

Archbishop of Ancona-Osimo (Italy)

S.E. Mons. Edoardo Menichelli was born in Serripola San Severino Marche (Macerata - Italy) October 14, 1939.

He attended grammar school and middle studies at the Seminary of San Severino Marche and the philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Regional Seminary Pius XI of Fano. In Rome, at the Pontifical Lateran University, he earned a licentiate in Pastoral Theology.

He was ordained a priest on July 3, 1965. The diocese of origin is San Severino Marche, which in 1986 was united to the Archdiocese of Camerino under the name of Camerino-San Severino Marche.

After ordination, he served from 1965 to 1968 his work as vice pastor of the parish of St. Joseph in San Severino Marche and simultaneously also had the task of teacher of religion in state schools of the capital.

From 1968 until 1991 he worked as an Official at the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.

Later, from 1992 to 1994 he was called to work at the Congregation for Oriental Churches as Officer of the Secretariat. He also held the post of secretary to the then Prefect, Cardinal Achille Silvestrini. Meanwhile, he lent his work in the pastoral as Cooperator at the parish of SS. Hearts of Jesus and Mary and as chaplain of Mafalda Clinic. E was also the Associate Family Counseling of the Faculty of Medicine at the Gemelli Hospital. He took an active part in the Synod of the Diocese of Rome.

On June 10, 1994 he was appointed Archbishop of Wondered-Vasto.

On 8 January 2004 he was appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Ancona-Osimo.

In the CEI, he served as Vice President of the Episcopal Conference of the Marche and Member of the Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education, the school and the university.

You Chaplain National AMCI, Italian Catholic Medical Association.

Appointed by the Pope to the recent III Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family (October 2014), where he was Speaker of the circle smaller Italian A”.

S.E. Mons. Pierre Nguyen Van NHON

Archbishop of Hanoi (Vietnam)

S.E. Mons. Pierre Nguyen Van Nhon was born on 1 aprile938 to Ðà Lat in Vietnam.

He studied in his country before receiving priestly ordination December 21, 1967.

The October 11, 1991 Pope John Paul II appointed him bishop coadjutor of Ðà Lat and was consecrated December 3 of that year.

It succeeded for coadiutoria as Bishop Ordinary of Ðà Lat March 23, 1994.

In 2007 he was elected President of the Vietnamese Episcopal Conference, a position held until 2013.

April 22, 2010 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hanoi, where he became archbishop after only a few weeks, on May 13, following the withdrawal of Archbishop Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet.

S.E. Msgr. Alberto SUÁREZ INDA

Archbishop of Morelia (Mexico)

S.E. Msgr. Alberto Suárez Inda was born in Celaya January 30, 1939. He completed his ecclesiastical studies at the Seminary of Morelia and at the Gregorian University in Urbe, obtaining a Licentiate in Philosophy.

He was ordained a priest on August 8, 1964, incardinated in the Archdiocese of Morelia. When was erected the Diocese of Celaya (13 October 1973), went on to be part of the clergy of the new district.

On November 5, 1985 he was appointed Bishop of Tacambaro and received episcopal ordination December 20 next.

On 20 January 1995, Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Morelia (Mexico).

S.E. Msgr. Charles Maung BO, S.D.B.

Archbishop of Yangon (Myanmar)

S.E. Msgr. Charles Maung Bo, SDB, was born in Mohla, in the Archdiocese of Mandalay, October 29, 1948

Entered and was ordained priest April 9, 1976.

From 1985 he was Prefect Apostolic Prefecture in Lashio

On July 7, 1990, with the elevation of the Prefecture for the Diocese, was appointed the first bishop of Lashio and received episcopal consecration December 16 of the same year.

The Holy Father John Paul II then appointed Bishop of Pathein, March 13, 1996.

From 15 May 2003, Metropolitan Archbishop of Yangon.

President of the Episcopal Conference of Myanmar, 2000-2006.

S.E. Mons. Kriengsak Kovitvanit

Archbishop of Bangkok (Thailand)

S.E. Mons. Kriengsak Kovitvanit was born June 27, 1949 at Ban Rak, Archdiocese of Bangkok.

He studied at the Seminary of St. Joseph in Sampran. Sent to Rome, he studied philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Urban University (1970-1976), residing at the Urban College.

He was ordained a priest on July 11, 1976 for the Archdiocese of Bangkok.

In the same year he was assistant priest of the Nativity of Mary Church in Ban Pan; in the years 1977-1979 assistant priest dell’Epiphany Church in Koh Go; then Vice-Rector of the Minor Seminary of St. Joseph in Sampran (1979-1981). In Rome from 1982 to 1983, he studied in spirituality at the Gregorian University. Returning home, he was for six years Rector of the Seminary intermediate Holy Family, in Nakhon Ratchasima; then, from 1989 to 1993, under secretary of the Episcopal Conference; yet, in the years 1992-2000, the Rector of the National Major Seminary Lux Mundi in Sampran.

Extraordinary professor at the major seminary of Sampran since 2001, was pastor of the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes in Hua Take (2000-2003), then pastor of the Cathedral and the Secretary of the Council of Priests of the Archdiocese of Bangkok, 2003-2007.

March 7, 2007 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Bishop of Nakhon Sawan. He received his episcopal consecration on 2 June.

From 14 May 2009 Metropolitan Archbishop of Bangkok (Thailand).

Vice President of the Episcopal Conference of Thailand, since 2009.

S.E. Mons. Francesco MONTENEGRO

Archbishop of Agrigento (Italy)

S.E. Mons. Francesco Montenegro was born in Messina May 22, 1946. He completed his high school studies, high school students and those in philosophy and theology in the Seminary of St. Pius X of Messina.

He received priestly ordination on August 8, 1969 with incardinated in the Archdiocese of Messina.

He attended courses in Pastoral Theology at the Ignatianum of Messina; 1969-1971 has exercised his priestly ministry in a suburban area of the city; 1971-1988 was private secretary, later, the Archbishop Mons. Francesco Fasola, of bm, and Mons. Ignatius Reedy.

It was in the years 1988-1998 pastor of the Parish of St. Clement in Messina; from 1988 he was Director of Caritas, Regional Director of Caritas and regional representative to the national Caritas.

He also held the following positions: Teacher of Religion, Assistant Diocesan Italian Sports Center, diocesan director of the Apostleship of Prayer, Checklist Chapter dell’Archimandritato, Rector of the Shrine of St. Rita Church and Spiritual Director of the Minor Seminary. He was Member of the Council of Priests.

From 1997 to 2000 he was Pro-Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Messina-Lipari-Saint Lucia del Mela and since 1998 Canon of the Cathedral Chapter Protometropolitano of Messina.

Elected titular of Aurusuliana and appointed Auxiliary of Messina-Lipari-Saint Lucia del Mela March 18, 2000, he received episcopal consecration April 29 of that year.

From May 2003 to May 2008, he was President of the Italian Caritas.

The February 23, 2008 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Archbishop of Agrigento

In the CEI, from 2013 he has been Chairman of the Episcopal Commission for Migration and President of the Foundation Migrantes”.

S.E. Mons. Daniel Sturla, S.D.B.

Archbishop of Montevideo (Uruguay)

S.E. Mons. Daniel Sturla, SDB, was born July 4, 1959 in Montevideo.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Civil Law in the Instituto Juan XXIII, he studied philosophy and Educational Sciences Instituto Miguel Rúa the Salesians in Montevideo.

He studied theology in the then Instituto Theological Uruguay Mons. Mariano Soler, ottenendovi a licentiate in theology in 2006.

He joined the Institute of the Salesian Province of Uruguay at the end of the seventies of the last century. Made his novitiate in 1979 and made his first religious profession January 31, 1980.

On 21 November 1987 he was ordained a priest.

As a priest he held the following ministries: Vicar of the Salesian Novitiate and Post-Novitiate, Director Aspirantate Salesian and Master of Novices, Director of Pre-university Juan XXIII and Professor of Church History.

On 28 October 2008 he was appointed Inspector Salesian Uruguay and shortly after he was elected President of the Conference of Religious of Uruguay.

On 10 December 2011 he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI Titular Bishop of Felbes and auxiliary of Montevideo.

The February 11, 2014 Pope Francis promoted him Archbishop of Montevideo (Uruguay)

Inside the Episcopal Conference of Uruguay has received the assignments of Head of the Department of Missions and the Laity.


Archbishop of Valladolid (Spain)

S.E. Mons. Ricardo Blázquez Pérez was born in Villanueva del Campillo (Avila), on April 3, 1942. He studied in the Minor and Major Seminaries of Avila (1955-1967) and later earned a doctorate in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University (1967-1972). In addition to collaborating in the preparation of many documents of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, has published many books and articles of Theology.

Ordained a priest February 18, 1967, has held the following positions: Secretary Abulense Institute (1972-1976); Professor of Theology (1974-1988) and Dean (1978-1981) at the Pontifical University of Salamanca, which from 2000 to 2004 was Chancellor.

Elected Titular Bishop. Germa of Galatia and Auxiliary of Santiago de Compostela on April 8, 1988, was ordained May 29 next.

On 26 May 1992 he was transferred to Palencia

On September 8, 1995 he was appointed Bishop of Bilbao.

March 13, 2010 Pope Benedict XVI promoted him archbishop of Valladolid.

President of the Spanish Episcopal Conference in March 2014, a post he had held from 2005 to 2008, while from 2008 to 2014 he was Vice President.

Within the Spanish Episcopal Conference was also the first member (1988-1993) and then President of the Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith (1993-2003).

As President of the Spanish Episcopal Conference participated in the recent III Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family (October 2014).

S.E. Mons. José Luis LACUNZA Maestrojuan, O.A.R.

Bishop David (Panama)

S.E. Mons. José Luis Lacunza Maestrojuan was born in Pamplona, Spain, February 24, 1944.

He studied at the minor seminary of San Jose PP. Augustinians to Artieda; Then he attended the courses in Zaragoza philosophical, and theological studies in the major seminary Augustinian Nuestra Señora de la Consolación in Pamplona.

He made his solemn profession in the Order of Augustinian Recollects September 16, 1967 and was ordained a priest July 13, 1969 in Pamplona.

About two years later he was sent to Panama, where he was rector of Colego San Agustín, Rector of Santa María la Antigua and president of the Federation of Catholic Schools.

He was appointed Titular Bishop of Partenia and Auxiliary of Panama December 30, 1985 and consecrated January 18, 1986.

On 29 October 1994 the Holy Father John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Chitre.

On 2 July 1999 he was appointed Bishop of David.

He was President of the Episcopal Conference of Panama for two terms (2000-2004 and 2007-2013).

S.E. Mons. Arlindo GOMES FURTADO,

Bishop of Santiago de Cabo Verde (Cape Verde Archipelago)

S.E. Mons. Arlindo Gomes Furtado was born November 15, 1949 in Santa Catarina, in the Diocese of Santiago de Cabo Verde. He studied in Rome and at the Biblicum, obtaining a licentiate in Sacred Scripture.

He was ordained a priest on July 18, 1976.

After ordination, he has held the positions of assistant priest (1976-1978); Diocesan Chancellor and Treasurer (1978-1984); Chaplain of the Cape-Verdian in the Netherlands (1985-1986). From 1986 to 1990 he performed in Rome Studies of Holy Scripture. Returning home was Professor (1990-1996); Vicar General and then pastor (1996-2003).

On 9 December 2003 the Holy Father John Paul II appointed him first bishop of the new diocese of Mindelo.

22 July 2009 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Bishop of Santiago de Cabo Verde.

S.E. Mons. Soane Patita Paini MAFI

Bishop of Tonga (Tonga Islands)

S.E. Mons. Soane Patita Paini Mafi was born December 19, 1961, in Nuku’alofa, on the island of Tongatapu, in the diocese of Tonga. He studied philosophy and theology at the Pacific Regional Seminar in Fiji.

He was ordained priest on 29 June 1991.

After ordination he was parish priest at Ha’apai (1992-1994); Vicar General and Pastor in Nuku’alofa, from 1995 to 1997. For two years, from 1998 to 1999 has made Higher Studies of Psychology at Loyola College in Baltimore in the US. Returning home, he was parish priest in Houma (1999-2000); then Professor and trainer at the Pacific Regional Seminar in Fiji since 2003 and Vice-Rector of the same seminary.

On 28 June 2007, the Holy Father Benedict XVI has appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Tonga (Kingdom of Tonga)

President of the Episcopal Conference of the Pacific Ocean, in 2010. As President of the Episcopal Conference participated in the recent III Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family (October 2014).

S.E. Mons. José de Jesús Rodríguez PIMIENTO

Archbishop Emeritus of Manizales

S.E. Mons. José de Jesús Rodríguez was born in Zapatoca Pimiento, in the diocese of Socorro y San Gil, IL18 February 1919.

He completed his ecclesiastical studies in the minor seminary of San Gil and in the Major of Bogotá.

Ordained December 14, 1941 for the Diocese of Socorro y San Gil, has exercised the priestly ministry as coadjutor vicar in several parishes, seminary professor, chaplain in the hospital of San Gil and Coordinator of Acción Social and Catholic Action in Curia Episcopal.

Elected by Pope Pius XII Titular Bishop of Tolerance and Auxiliary Pasto June 14, 1955, he received episcopal consecration August 28 of that year.

On 30 December 1959, the Pope John XXIII appointed him Bishop of Monteria.

He participated as a Council Father to all sessions of the Second Vatican Council.

Pope Paul VI appointed him Bishop of Garzón February 29, 1964.

Promoted by the Holy Father John Paul II, Archbishop of Manizales May 22, 1975, has held the archdiocese for 21 years, until 15 October 1996. Then he served his time as a missionary in the parish of Turbo, in the diocese of Apartadó.

For two consecutive terms from 1972 to 1978 he was President of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia.

He took part in the General Conference of Latin American Bishops (CELALM) of Medellín (1968); Puebla (1979) and Santo Domingo (1992).

Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese native (Socorro y San Gil) from November 2001 to June 2003.

S.E. Msgr. Luigi De Magistris

Titular Archbishop of Nova

Pro-Penitentiary Emeritus

S.E. Msgr. Luigi De Magistris was born February 23, 1926 in Cagliari.

He was ordained a priest on 12 April 1952 with incardinated to the Archdiocese of Cagliari.

He studied philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Lateran University.

Since 1952 has exercised the sacred ministry in his archdiocese, in various tasks.

On 1 October 1958, he was hired to serve as Secretary of the Holy See at the Lateran.

Since February 1959 he lent his work in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith as a substitute before Notaro, Sommista then.

In February 1969 he was transferred as clerk of the Council for Public Affairs of the Church.

He was regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary from 2 May 1979.

On 6 March 1996 he was appointed Titular Bishop of Nova and consecrated on April 28.

On 22 November 2001 he was appointed Pro-Penitentiary, a position he held until 7 October 2003.

It was Consultor of the Congregations for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Causes of Saints, for the Evangelization of Peoples; for the Clergy and the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei”.

S.E. Msgr. Karl-Joseph RAUBER

Titular Archbishop of Giubalziana

Apostolic Nuncio

S.E. Msgr. Karl-Joseph Rauber was born in Nuremberg, in the diocese of Bamberg, the April 11, 1934.

Graduated in 1950 at the St.-Michaels-Gymnasium Benedictine in Metten, he studied theology and philosophy at the University of Mainz.

He was ordained a priest in the Cathedral of Mainz February 28, 1959.

In 1962 he moved to Rome for her doctorate in canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University and entered the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy.

Entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 1 October 1966, he lent his work at the Secretary of State until 1977, head of the German section at last; later in the Apostolic Nunciature in Belgium, then Greece, then Charge d’Affaires ai the Papal Representation in Uganda.

On 18 December 1982 he was appointed Apostolic Pro-Nuncio in Uganda and elected Titular Archbishop of Giubalziana. He received episcopal consecration January 6, 1983.

He returned from the mission in Uganda, from 22 January 1990 to 16 March 2003 he was President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy.

On 16 March 1993 he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

On 25 April 1997 he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio in Hungary and Moldova.

On 22 February 2003 he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Belgium and Luxembourg, concluding the mandates in June and July 2009.

S.E. Mons. Luis Héctor VILLALBA

Archbishop Emeritus of Tucumán

S.E. Mons. Luis Héctor Villalba was born in Buenos Aires on October 11, 1934. He entered the seminary in 1952 after earning the title of Perito mercantil in state schools.

He was ordained a priest on September 24, 1960.

In 1961 he obtained a licentiate in theology and Church History at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

In 1967 he was appointed prefect of the major seminary and professor in the Faculty of Theology at the Catholic University of Buenos Aires. In 1968 he became the first director of vocations San Jose, where the aspirants to the priesthood Archdiocese prepare for courses in philosophy and theology. From 1969 to 1971 he was dean of the Faculty of Theology and in 1972 he was named pastor of St. Rose of Lima to Buenos Aires.

On 20 October 1984 he was elected Titular Bishop of Ofena and Auxiliary of Buenos Aires.

On 16 July 1991 he was transferred to the seat of San Martín.

It was Archbishop of Tucumán from 8 July 1999 to 10 June 2011.

Apostolic Administrator of Santiago del Estero from August 2005 to May 2006.

In the Episcopal Conference of Argentina, was First Vice-President for two consecutive terms (2005-2008 and 2008-2011), being the then President Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Card. Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Previously, he was president of the Episcopal Commission for Catechesis and the member for the Apostolate of the Laity.


Bishop Emeritus of Xai-Xai

S.E. Mons. Julio Duarte Langa was born October 27, 1927 in Mangunze, in today’s Diocese of Xai-Xai.

He attended school before the Seminary of Magude, then in that of Namaacha, in the then Archdiocese of Lourenço Marques (now Maputo).

He was ordained a priest in the Cathedral of Lourenço Marques (now Maputo) June 9, 1957.

Assistant pastor and then pastor in Mission MALAISSE, was then appointed diocesan consultor, member of the Council of Priests and finally Vicar General of the diocese. Deep knowledge of local languages, oversaw the vernacular translation of the texts of the Second Vatican Council.

The May 31, 1976 Pope Paul VI appointed him bishop of the Diocese of João Belo, which from 1 October of that year changed the name in Xai-Xai. He received episcopal consecration October 24, 1976.

He governed the diocese of Xai-Xai for 28 years, becoming Emeritus June 24, 2004.

Message of the Synod Assembly on the pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelisation

Vatican City, 18 October 2014 (VIS) – This morning a press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office to present the Message of the Third Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, dedicated to the “Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelisation” (5-19 October). The speakers were Cardinals Raymundo Damasceno Assis, archbishop of Aparecida, Brazil, delegate president; Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture and president of the Commission for the Message and Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay, India. The full text of the message is published below:
“We, Synod Fathers, gathered in Rome together with Pope Francis in the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, greet all families of the different continents and in particular all who follow Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We admire and are grateful for the daily witness which you offer us and the world with your fidelity, faith, hope, and love.
Each of us, pastors of the Church, grew up in a family, and we come from a great variety of backgrounds and experiences. As priests and bishops we have lived alongside families who have spoken to us and shown us the saga of their joys and their difficulties.
The preparation for this synod assembly, beginning with the questionnaire sent to the Churches around the world, has given us the opportunity to listen to the experience of many families. Our dialogue during the Synod has been mutually enriching, helping us to look at the complex situations which face families today.
We offer you the words of Christ: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me”. On his journeys along the roads of the Holy Land, Jesus would enter village houses. He continues to pass even today along the streets of our cities. In your homes there are light and shadow. Challenges often present themselves and at times even great trials. The darkness can grow deep to the point of becoming a dense shadow when evil and sin work into the heart of the family.
We recognise the great challenge to remain faithful in conjugal love. Enfeebled faith and indifference to true values, individualism, impoverishment of relationships, and stress that excludes reflection leave their mark on family life. There are often crises in marriage, often confronted in haste and without the courage to have patience and reflect, to make sacrifices and to forgive one another. Failures give rise to new relationships, new couples, new civil unions, and new marriages, creating family situations which are complex and problematic, where the Christian choice is not obvious.
We think also of the burden imposed by life in the suffering that can arise with a child with special needs, with grave illness, in deterioration of old age, or in the death of a loved one. We admire the fidelity of so many families who endure these trials with courage, faith, and love. They see them not as a burden inflicted on them, but as something in which they themselves give, seeing the suffering Christ in the weakness of the flesh.
We recall the difficulties caused by economic systems, by the “the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose” which weakens the dignity of people. We remember unemployed parents who are powerless to provide basic needs for their families, and youth who see before them days of empty expectation, who are prey to drugs and crime.
We think of so many poor families, of those who cling to boats in order to reach a shore of survival, of refugees wandering without hope in the desert, of those persecuted because of their faith and the human and spiritual values which they hold. These are stricken by the brutality of war and oppression. We remember the women who suffer violence and exploitation, victims of human trafficking, children abused by those who ought to have protected them and fostered their development, and the members of so many families who have been degraded and burdened with difficulties. “The culture of prosperity deadens us…. all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us”. We call on governments and international organizations to promote the rights of the family for the common good.
Christ wanted his Church to be a house with doors always open to welcome everyone. We warmly thank our pastors, lay faithful, and communities who accompany couples and families and care for their wounds.
There is also the evening light behind the windowpanes in the houses of the cities, in modest residences of suburbs and villages, and even in mere shacks, which shines out brightly, warming bodies and souls. This light—the light of a wedding story—shines from the encounter between spouses: it is a gift, a grace expressed, as the Book of Genesis says, when the two are “face to face” as equal and mutual helpers. The love of man and woman teaches us that each needs the other in order to be truly self. Each remains different from the other that opens self and is revealed in the reciprocal gift. It is this that the bride of the Song of Songs sings in her canticle: “My beloved is mine and I am his… I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine”.
This authentic encounter begins with courtship, a time of waiting and preparation. It is realized in the sacrament where God sets his seal, his presence, and grace. This path also includes sexual relationship, tenderness, intimacy, and beauty capable of lasting longer than the vigour and freshness of youth. Such love, of its nature, strives to be forever to the point of laying down one’s life for the beloved. In this light conjugal love, which is unique and indissoluble, endures despite many difficulties. It is one of the most beautiful of all miracles and the most common.
This love spreads through fertility and generativity, which involves not only the procreation of children but also the gift of divine life in baptism, their catechesis, and their education. It includes the capacity to offer life, affection, and values—an experience possible even for those who have not been able to bear children. Families who live this light-filled adventure become a sign for all, especially for young people.
This journey is sometimes a mountainous trek with hardships and falls. God is always there to accompany us. The family experiences his presence in affection and dialogue between husband and wife, parents and children, sisters and brothers. They embrace him in family prayer and listening to the Word of God—a small, daily oasis of the spirit. They discover him every day as they educate their children in the faith and in the beauty of a life lived according to the Gospel, a life of holiness. Grandparents also share in this task with great affection and dedication. The family is thus an authentic domestic Church that expands to become the family of families which is the ecclesial community. Christian spouses are called to become teachers of faith and of love for young couples as well.
Another expression of fraternal communion is charity, giving, nearness to those who are last, marginalized, poor, lonely, sick, strangers, and families in crisis, aware of the Lord’s word, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. It is a gift of goods, of fellowship, of love and mercy, and also a witness to the truth, to light, and to the meaning of life.
The high point which sums up all the threads of communion with God and neighbor is the Sunday Eucharist when the family and the whole Church sits at table with the Lord. He gives himself to all of us, pilgrims through history towards the goal of the final encounter when “Christ is all and in all”. In the first stage of our Synod itinerary, therefore, we have reflected on how to accompany those who have been divorced and remarried and on their participation in the sacraments.
We Synod Fathers ask you walk with us towards the next Synod. The presence of the family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in their modest home hovers over you. United to the Family of Nazareth, we raise to the Father of all our petition for the families of the world:
Father, grant to all families the presence of strong and wise spouses who may be the source of a free and united family.
Father, grant that parents may have a home in which to live in peace with their families.
Father, grant that children may be a sign of trust and hope and that young people may have the courage to forge life-long, faithful commitments.
Father, grant to all that they may be able to earn bread with their hands, that they may enjoy serenity of spirit and that they may keep aflame the torch of faith even in periods of darkness.
Father, grant that we may all see flourish a Church that is ever more faithful and credible, a just and humane city, a world that loves truth, justice and mercy”.

Province IX bishops study self-sustainability in the Philippines

This article from the Episcopal News Service is worth reading by anyone interested in how churches can work with their community on economic development issues. It shows how the church and businesses in the community can work together and both come out stronger.

It also shows the down-side of the “Not invented here” attitude. As this article shows we can all learn from each other. Not only did the Province IX bishops learn much from what they saw in the Philippines, but we in the U.S. and the rest of the world could learn a lot from them as well.


Like the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, we should look for new and unique ways to reach out to, and build the communities we serve.


Province IX bishops study self-sustainability in the Philippines.

Harris County Churches Delinquent on Property Taxes?

This story from one of our local news radio stations should prove educational for pastors, and church administrators from all over the country.


Churches on Delinquent Property tax rolls

Foursquare President Elected to a Second Term

LOS ANGELES, May 28, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The president of The Foursquare Church is to serve a second term, continuing to lead the more than 6,600 U.S. credentialed ministers through a season of major change.

Glenn Burris Jr. was ratified Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in a historic vote at the denomination’s annual convention, the first giving qualified absentee voters a voice in choosing their next leader. Glenn will officially begin his next five-year term Sept. 1, 2015, which will end Aug. 31, 2020.

More than 1,300 voting ministers and delegates on site at Foursquare Connection 2014 this week, taking place in Dallas through May 29, and 731 credentialed ministers who returned absentee ballots, voted to ratify Glenn to continue in his role for another five years, precluding the nomination and selection of a new president. According to Foursquare bylaws, 75 percent of the votes cast is required in order for the president to be ratified.

“It’s very humbling to serve you at any level. … Thank you for your trust and confidence,” Glenn told the convention body upon accepting the ratification, before three former Foursquare presidents—Jack Hayford, Paul Risser and Harold Helms—prayed for Glenn, anointing him with oil. “What a great future the Foursquare church has,” he said, referencing the Reimagining of Foursquare discussed throughout this year’s convention.

“I take the responsibilities of the president’s office very seriously, and I will continue to strive for excellence in serving The Foursquare Church and God’s kingdom,” Glenn said in a statement.

The appointment is being widely welcomed within the denomination as an important decision at a time of transition. Foursquare is in the midst of significant organizational changes intended to better position its churches and members for more effective ministry.

Glenn, who has served in various ministry roles with Foursquare since his first appointment in 1976, has earned widespread appreciation for the way he has headed the Reimagine Foursquare process, a reevaluation unparalleled in the movement’s 91-year history. His collaborative leadership approach has been welcomed as national and local leaders, as well as lay members, have been involved in prayer, research and discussion on issues related to church organization, government and practice.

Proposals for realignment organizationally, financially, structurally and pastorally are being presented at this week’s gathering in Dallas, with further research and discussion to follow as changes are implemented. More than 3,000 people from across the U.S. and overseas have gathered in Dallas under the theme, “Multiply.”

A graduate of Mount Vernon Bible College in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Glenn served as a youth pastor and senior pastor before taking on district and national leadership roles. He became supervisor of Foursquare’s historic Southeast District in 1992, and 10 years later was appointed general supervisor of the U.S. national church.

Glenn and his wife, Debbie, have two adult children, two grandchildren and a third grandchild on the way this summer.

As president, Glenn leads a denomination with around 1,700 churches and 7,000 credentialed ministers in the U.S. Globally, there are more than 7.5 million Foursquare members in 136 countries, around 99,000 licensed ministers, and more than 68,000 churches and meeting places.

Officially named the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, The Foursquare Church was founded in 1923 by Aimee Semple McPherson. A pioneering evangelist, she opened the historic Angelus Temple in Los Angeles and was known for her creative use of media in ministry.

A Pentecostal movement, Foursquare draws its name from what members embrace as the essential four-fold ministries of Jesus: Savior, Baptizer With the Holy Spirit, Healer, and Soon-Coming King.

For more information on The Foursquare Church, visit For an interview with President Glenn Burris Jr., please contact Brad Abare at

10th Annual Church Security Conference

FRISCO, Texas, May 27, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The National Organization of Church Security & Safety Management (NOCSSM™) will present its Tenth Annual Church Security Conference to be held at New Life Church in Colorado Springs on August 8-9, 2014.

Session highlights:
“Initial Responder™” Tactics (What to do until SWAT gets there?), Pastoral Protection, Close Quarters Combat, Active Shooters, Armed Security Teams, Control and restraint techniques, Childcare Security, Mission Trip Security — these are all buzzwords that every church is dealing with. Church leaders are asking, “What are the liabilities? What are other churches doing to address these issues?” and “What is legal in my state?”

“Each year we try to have new speakers and new subject matter to add to our attendee’s security skill set.” says Chuck Chadwick (President of NOCSSM),”This year is no different. It is hard for me to believe that we have been helping to protect our church families by providing ‘Real Solutions’ for the ‘Real World’ of church security for over ten years.”

Special sessions this year will include former United State Secret Service agent and Church Security Director Brian Gallagher who will be speaking on Pastoral Protection. New Life Church’s Security Director, Jeff Kowell’s demonstration of team security drills and exercises. Carl Chinn will also be presenting a special session on the newly announced “Gatekeeper Program™” being deployed in Colorado and other western states. Carl will also be speaking about the New Life Church shooting of 2007. Chuck Chadwick will be presenting on Armed “Initial Responder™” Tactics.

While not all churches have the degree of concern as a mega-church, every church wants to meet the unthinkable with a degree of preparedness.

The two day conference is the best training attendees can get and a great value to every church. We anticipate to sell out very quickly.

For further details go to

The National Organization of Church Security & Safety Management (NOCSSM) is dedicated to church security and safety issues through the implementation of security and safety measures specifically designed and time tested for churches.

Chuck Chadwick –
The National Organization of Church Security & Safety Management (NOCSSM™)

Traveling with Saints

Traveling with Saints
By Edward M. Dougherty, M.M.

Maryknoll Superior General reflects on how two popes to be canonized this spring have influenced his life.

Few people ever get the chance to travel with a saint. I did! In September 1988 I was in the contingent of international church people and journalists that accompanied Pope John Paul II on his fourth pastoral visit to Africa.

When Pope Francis recently announced that he would canonize Pope John Paul along with Pope John XXIII on April 27, I was elated and relived my up close and personal encounter with Pope John Paul.

I can still recall the plane ride to southern Africa when we members of the pope’s entourage were given the opportunity to ask him questions. The questions came rapid-fire in many languages — French, Italian, Polish, English — and he replied in the language of each speaker. I was really impressed.

When my turn came, as a missioner I naturally asked, “Do you have a word for missionaries in Africa?” I waited anxiously for the answer. I will always remember his deep, strong voice bestowing a blessing on the missionaries in Africa and saying how he and the entire Church are grateful for the missioners’ tremendous efforts to share the Gospel. Then he paused and added how encouraged he was to see the African church becoming missionary itself.

Having served in Africa as a Maryknoll priest, I felt proud. Here was the pope affirming not only missioners’ work of evangelization but also the faith of the people in receiving it and handing it on.

Throughout our visit — to Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique — I could tell this pope felt the love of the people and loved them in return. Reserved but warm, he seemed to enjoy the lively African singing and dancing that marked every liturgy he celebrated wherever we went.

In Mozambique, then embroiled in a violent civil war, the warring parties issued a ceasefire for the duration of the pope’s visit. That was miraculous. But he reminded the priests and religious in this country of their role in promoting a lasting peace. He asked them rhetorically, “How can one give witness and preach to the people the new commandment (of love) without promoting, through paths of peace and justice, their authentic progress?” Peace did not come immediately but the pope’s presence certainly planted seeds of hope for a future free from fear and conflict.

John Paul II was pope for over 25 years and, in my opinion, succeeded in presenting the global face of the Church and, by his numerous trips to countries throughout the world, strengthening the ties of Rome with the local churches he visited.

I never, of course, had the privilege of meeting Pope John XXIII personally. I was only in the fourth grade when he became pope in 1958. I thought he was a courageous man, inspired by the Holy Spirit to bring the Church into the modern world. His convening of the Second Vatican Council in 1962 had far-reaching effects on countless lives, including mine.

Like other Catholics who remember a time when the Mass was totally in Latin, I was happy to participate in the liturgy in my own language following Vatican II. As a diocesan seminarian in my native Philadelphia before transferring to Maryknoll in 1974, I experienced the influence of this future saint in “opening the windows” of the Church and urging priests and religious to leave the confines of their rectories and convents and take the Gospel into the streets. Because of this unprecedented papal exhortation, every Thursday we seminarians were required to leave our desks and go out to do field work in parishes to get hands-on preparation for our future work as priests.

A few years ago a former Maryknoll priest associate, Father Don Larmore, with whom I served in Tanzania, gave a retreat on the life and times of John XXIII. It prompted me to recall the powerful hope that John inspired as well as the welcoming and compassionate style that marked his papal leadership. Father Larmore reminded us of how as papal nuncio in Bulgaria, the future pontiff promoted interreligious dialogue and even as pope remained a simple pastor, concerned with ordinary people’s needs and the run of the mill things of life.

John XXIII died in 1963, mourned throughout the world and remembered as “good Pope John.” He was buried in Saint Peter’s Basilica. Following his beatification by Pope John Paul II, in 2001 John’s body was moved from its original place to the altar of Saint Jerome, where it could be seen by all the faithful. At that time I was serving as Procurator General for the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers in Rome, and I can attest that the grave of Pope John XXIII is one of the most visited sites there.

So, I am excited about the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. They inspire me in my own role as Superior General of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. They are great role models for the Church today, John XXIII for his openness and desire to make the message of Christ relevant to the modern world and John Paul II for being an ambassador of Christ to that world.

Last year at a meeting of religious superiors in Rome, I had the privilege of meeting the man who now walks in the footsteps of John XXIII and John Paul II, Pope Francis. I came home encouraged by this spiritual father, who reaches out to all. He truly continues the legacy of the two he will canonize as saints, that is, people who had a call to holiness and acted on it. May we all follow their example.

Free Live Webcast to Offer Thousands of Church Leaders Access to Evangelism Conversation at Exponential East 2014

ORLANDO, March 18, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — To help as many as possible church leaders “rethink” evangelism, Exponential has announced plans for a high-quality live webcast from the upcoming Exponential East 2014 conference in Orlando. The webcast is free to anyone who registers for it.
Featuring 25 leading voices in the Church today, the live webcast will include 10 sessions streamed live over three days from Tuesday, April 29, to Thursday, May 1.
Exponential is continuing last year’s discipleship conversation, this year focusing on what Jesus said was His core mission on earth: “…to seek and save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10)–and how we as Jesus’ disciples can look to His example to join Him in that mission. The webcast’s sessions will focus on five key areas: ReThinking Evangelism; ReThinking Outreach; ReThinking Witness; ReThinking Preaching; and ReThinking the Commission.
“This webcast offers leaders who can’t make it to Orlando, or are leaving a spouse or team members at home, a solid solution for encouraging and equipping them through what we believe are critical conversations for the church as we focus on helping awaken an evangelistic impulse,” says Exponential Director Todd Wilson. “It’s the second best thing to being onsite.”
Collectively, webcast viewers will hear from 25 key leaders: Andy Stanley, Bill Hybels, Nicky Gumbel, Dave Gibbons, James Meeks, Greg Nettle, Matt Chandler Jeanne Stevens, Oscar Muriu, Choco De Jesus, Michael Frost, Larry Osborne, Alan Hirsch, Danielle Strickland, Damien Boyd, Dave Travis, Dave Ferguson, Vince Antonucci, John Teter, Jim Burgen, Hugh Halter and via video Tim Keller, Craig Groeschel, Louie Giglio and Ed Stetzer.
For the last two years, Exponential has partnered with LifeWay Christian Resources to present the high-quality webcast. In 2013, the Exponential Orlando webcast drew an estimated 40,000 viewers in 93 countries while the Exponential West 2013 webcast featuring programming similar to Orlando’s drew 15,000-plus viewers worldwide. Exponential believes this year’s webcast from Orlando has greater potential to reach many more.
“The cross-section of speakers we’ve enlisted to lead these main sessions is possibly the strongest in the conference’s seven-year history,” Wilson says. “We’re thrilled to offer this caliber of teaching on evangelism to a global audience.”
The webcast will again feature DVR functionality, allowing for flexible viewing times. The DVR functionality and free access offer church and ministry leaders prime opportunities to host the webcast for their launch teams, small group leaders, staff, network and even their church.
“The Seek + Save theme and rediscovering these five biblical truths are of critical importance to every church planter,” says Exponential President Dave Ferguson.
“Recent research tells us that only 18 percent of Americans will set foot in a church this weekend, but Gallup reports that 92 percent of the U.S. population says they believe in God. We have to come to grips with the reality that many churches have lost their ability to connect with people who actually believe in God. We have to rethink evangelism because we have to rethink how we reach this group of people who believe in God but have not found a safe place in our churches.
“I believe the webcast will be an important equipping tool to challenge and inspire everyone in the church to help people find their way back to God.”
Exponential East speaker Hugh Halter adds, “If God could change the world through men and women who traveled by land and sea just to share the story of Christ, imagine what can happen when countless thousands of people around the world share the story of Christ through a webcast!”
“New technology is going to help take powerful ideas that are changing the game in the United States and make them accessible across the globe,” says author Alan Hirsch, a thought leader and key mission strategist for churches across the Western world. “It’s all about movement. Very exciting.”
For a detailed schedule of the webcast and a full list and description of the five key areas that Exponential 2014 will explore, go to
Anyone wanting to participate in the webcast experience can register for free at During the live webcast, participants will receive periodic emails alerting them to upcoming sessions and speakers.
MEDIA REQUESTS: Exponential Director Todd Wilson, Exponential President Dave Ferguson and select webcast speakers are available for media interviews. Photos available on request.
Founded in 2008, Exponential is a growing movement of leaders committed to accelerating the multiplication of healthy, reproducing churches. Providing a national platform and distribution channels for championing church planting, Exponential spotlights and spreads actionable thought leadership (principles, ideas and solutions) through conferences, magazines, books, digital media and learning communities. Exponential is one of the premiere distribution channels of church planting resources for hundreds of national influence leaders, including Francis Chan, Alan Hirsch, Rick Warren, Matt Chandler and Mike Breen. For more information, visit

High Profile Lawyer Takes Sainthood Case

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 7, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The sainthood cause for Fr. Aloysius Ellacuria, C.M.F. has just received a special gift for the New Year. Dr. Andrea Ambrosi, whose office is in Rome, will act as “postulator” of the cause. Dr. Ambrosi is “happy to accept the role of Diocesan and Roman Postulator for the future Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Fr. Aloysius Ellacuria, C.M.F.”Father Aloysius was the well-known Claretian missionary priest who exercised a saintly ministry within Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Antonio, Texas. Last year Archbishop Jose Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles lamented that he “lacked funds and canon law experts for a sainthood cause.” While disappointing, a group called “The Friends of Father Aloysius” continued in its determination to “take up the torch” for the lengthy and costly process of canonization.

“Securing the services of an experienced and recognized canon lawyer is a miracle in itself,” according to Fr. Manion, “since there are very few experts in the field of canonizations.” The postulator, as he is referred to, Dr. Andrea Ambrosi, continues to work on other well-known Catholic sainthood causes including, John Cardinal Newman who was recently beatified, Pope John XXIII, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, Frs. Stanley Rother and Emil Kapaun, and many others. Fr. Kevin Manion representing The Friends of Father Aloysius is delighted.
“Although we still have many details to work out, including the financing,” stated Manion, “today’s announcement confirms we are on the right track.”

New Documentary Answers Question: Who is Pope Francis?

‘Francis: The Pope From the New World’ to air on FOX Business Oct. 20
ROME, Oct. 14, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — A new documentary delves into the life story and thinking of Pope Francis, the man who has fascinated Catholics and non-Catholics alike since stepping onto the world stage earlier this year. It will air on the FOX Business Network on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.
Francis: The Pope From the New World traces the remarkable rise of Jorge Mario Bergoglio who has become the first pope from the Americas, the first pope who is a Jesuit, and the first to take the name Francis. The hour-long program features interviews from around the world, with close friends, fellow priests, co-workers, his biographer, and the poor of Buenos Aires. Most of the interviews and much of the film were shot on location in Argentina.
“This documentary arrives as the world realizes that a very special man has assumed the leadership of the Catholic Church, and this begins — but does not end — with his gestures of humility and care for everyone,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, one of the documentary’s executive producers. “Still, what remain largely unknown to the public are many details of Pope Francis’ life, the work he has done and the ways in which he has defended the voiceless and Catholic principles. This documentary delves into those stories.”
The documentary begins with the electrifying moment when the new pope stands before the crowd in St. Peter’s Square on March 13, the day of his election. It then takes viewers through both the ordinary and climactic events of his life, from family dynamics, to his call to the priesthood, to his support for the San Lorenzo soccer team, to his care for those in the slums of Buenos Aires.
It traces his work for those threatened in Argentina’s Dirty War that coincided with Fr. Bergoglio’s time as Jesuit provincial, his advocacy for those affected by economic and political turmoil, and the opposition he sometimes encountered from Argentina’s political elites.

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