Spanish laywoman could be made saint

Vatican City, Feb 16, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Spanish laywoman born over a hundred years ago could be made saint after the results of an investigation to have her beatified were submitted Feb. 15 at the Vatican. “She was important because she was a woman, a lay woman and a pioneer of consecrated laity,” who anticipated “the Second Vatican Council’s universal call for sainthood,” said Pina Milana, director of Instituto Secular Operarias Parroquiales … [Read more...]

Conclave may take place earlier than expected

Vatican City, Feb 16, 2013 / 03:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's spokesman announced today that the coming conclave to elect Pope Benedict XVI's successor might be convened in shorter order than previously thought. "It is possible that church authorities can prepare a proposal to be taken up by the cardinals on the first day after the papal vacancy," Holy See Press Office director Fr. Federico Lombardi told the press on Feb. 16. Church law currently prescribes that … [Read more...]

Lombardi coaching and living by ‘faith, family, football’

New Orleans, La., Feb 16, 2013 / 01:07 pm (CNA).- Joe Lombardi has one of the most recognizable last names in sports thanks to his iconic grandfather, Vince, who took the National Football League by storm during his coaching tenure with the Green Bay Packers.Joe carried on his famous grandfather's Super Bowl winning legacy by winning a world championship ring of his own as a coach with the 2009 New Orleans Saints, but it all takes a backseat when it comes to his Catholic faith.He lives … [Read more...]

US couple’s elopement results in 80 years of marriage

Hartford, Conn., Feb 16, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- John and Ann Betar, a Fairfield, Conn. couple who eloped to escape an arranged marriage 80 years ago, have been honored as the longest-married couple in the U.S. by an organization dedicated to strengthening marriage. “John and Ann really exemplify people who are committed to a long-term marriage,” Dick Baumbach, a coordinator of Worldwide Marriage Encounter's Lifelong Marriage Project, told CNA Feb. 15. “They … [Read more...]

Archbishops decry military gay benefits plan

Washington D.C., Feb 15, 2013 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two U.S. archbishops involved in defense of marriage efforts and the military spoke out against a new Pentagon policy giving gay couples many of the benefits of military spouses.“This new policy under the guise of 'equal benefits' undermines marriage as the union of one man and one woman because it treats two persons of the same sex as spouses,” said Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the … [Read more...]

Archbishops decry military gay benefits plan

Washington D.C., Feb 15, 2013 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two U.S. archbishops involved in defense of marriage efforts and the military spoke out against a new Pentagon policy giving gay couples many of the benefits of military spouses.“This new policy under the guise of 'equal benefits' undermines marriage as the union of one man and one woman because it treats two persons of the same sex as spouses,” said Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the … [Read more...]


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