Pope’s brother says resignation is beneficial to Church

Madrid, Spain, Feb 19, 2013 / 04:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI’s older brother explained that the pontiff’s decision to resign is good for the Body of Christ because he had become too weak to carry out his ministry.“It is a beneficial decision for the Church,” said 89-year-old Msgr. Georg Ratzinger in an interview with the Spanish daily ABC, published on Feb. 17. “He no longer has strength,” Msgr. Ratzinger observed. “He is going … [Read more...]

Cloistered nun believes monastic life will extend Pope’s reach

Rome, Italy, Feb 19, 2013 / 04:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict’s decision to dedicate himself to a life of prayer will enable him to impact people who might not have listened to him while he was Pope, according to a cloistered Dominican nun. “When he lives this monastic lifestyle, his prayers will reach those who maybe were unbelievers during his papacy,” said Mother Maria Angelica. “I’m absolutely sure of this, of the value of his prayer and of his … [Read more...]

Vatican officials arrive in Jordan as refugee crisis continues

Amman, Jordan, Feb 19, 2013 / 09:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, is visiting Jordan to take stock of the serious refugee situation created by the Syrian conflict and to assess how Catholic charities are responding.“The humanitarian situation in Syria, and throughout the region is unsustainable. Some estimates speak of a million refugees, more than two and a half million displaced persons, and almost one hundred thousand deaths … [Read more...]

Pope remembered for linking education, love of God

Denver, Colo., Feb 19, 2013 / 04:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has left a lasting mark on Catholic education by showing how reason and knowledge can lead to an essential love of God, reflected scholars at leading Catholic universities.“This is the chief idea of Pope Benedict about higher education: it isn't our job just to provide information about God, but that the Catholic university should be a place where God is in our midst,” John Garvey, president of Catholic … [Read more...]

Care for women vital to pro-life cause, advocate stresses

Denver, Colo., Feb 19, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic manager Abby Johnson praised care centers for pregnant women as essential to the pro-life movement at large. “I always tell people that we can't save the babies unless we help the mothers, and we have to love them,” she told CNA Feb. 16. Johnson delivered the keynote speech at the Lighthouse Women’s Center Annual Gala, held at the Wings over the Rockies Air and Space … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus launch Twitter prayer campaign for Pope

New Haven, Conn., Feb 19, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- The Knights of Columbus have invited the faithful to participate in a Twitter initiative to pledge their prayers for Pope Benedict XVI and his successor during the upcoming period of transition.“In these remaining days of his papacy, our thoughts and prayers are with Pope Benedict XVI, who has worked so hard in leading the Church, and has always been such a good friend to the Knights of Columbus,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson … [Read more...]

Archbishop implores Congress to protect conscience rights

Washington D.C., Feb 18, 2013 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In anticipation of upcoming legislation, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore urged the nation’s lawmakers to work this year “to restore a tradition on rights of conscience in health care.”“I fear that the federal government’s respect for believers and people of conscience no longer measures up to the treatment Americans have a right to expect from their elected representatives,” Archbishop Lori … [Read more...]