Over 100,000 march to defend marriage in Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico, Feb 21, 2013 / 04:10 pm (CNA).- More than 100,000 people gathered outside the Puerto Rican capitol in San Juan on Feb. 18 to support the defense of marriage and family against proposed legislation on gay unions.   Puerto Rico for the Family organized the march, which brought together Christians of various denominations, as well as members of religiously unaffiliated pro-life and pro-family groups.Media reports estimated a turnout of between 100,000 and 200,000, … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan summons prayer for Pope Benedict

New York City, N.Y., Feb 21, 2013 / 02:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York is calling on his archdiocese to pray in a particular way for Pope Benedict on Feb. 22, the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter. “I have...asked that tomorrow, February 22, the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, we remember Pope Benedict in a special way with special Masses and Eucharistic adoration,” Cardinal Dolan wrote today in his column for “Catholic New … [Read more...]

God will help choose next Pope, cardinal stresses

Lima, Peru, Feb 21, 2013 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima, Peru, discouraged a spirit of intrigue surrounding the upcoming conclave and said the new Pope will be chosen with God’s help, regardless of nationality.“I think that geography has nothing to do with it,” the cardinal said on Feb. 16. “The right person needs to be sought out with the help of God, regardless of where he is from.” Responding to media questions about … [Read more...]

Vatican official: prepare for resignation with spiritual growth, not division

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2013 / 09:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a press briefing to preview the Pope’s final events, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said now is a time to grow spiritually and not fabricate stories on possible Vatican division. “We’re in a deep spiritual time and we should be preparing ourselves for the ‘sede vacante’ and the new Pope,” said Fr. Lombardi, the Holy See press office director. “Now is a time for seeking the … [Read more...]

New Pope will handle Pius X Society decision

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2013 / 07:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The effort to reach an agreement between the Church and the Society of St. Pius X will be passed on to the next Pope, Father Federico Lombardi said. “An important point is that these days people have spoken about a deadline for Pius X priests and a conclusion to the situation. The Pope is confiding the decision to the next Pope, and no conclusion will be made on this date,” said Fr. Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press … [Read more...]

Pope praised for trailblazing unity with Anglicans

London, England, Feb 21, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict's move allowing Anglican converts to enter the Catholic Church as a group makes him “the Pope of Christian Unity,” says the head of the United Kingdom's structure for these communities. “I think it just shows his fatherly care to open his arms to those who came from different traditions, but shared a common faith,” Monsignor Keith Newton told CNA Feb. 13. Msgr. Newton leads the … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI’s travels as pontiff spanned globe

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2013 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI's papacy continued his predecessor's worldwide travels, crisscrossing Italy and spending 100 days abroad to encourage the Catholic faithful and evangelize for Jesus Christ. For the English-speaking world, the highlights of his travels included a visit to the United States from April 15-20. “Christ is the way that leads to the Father, the truth which gives meaning to human existence, and the source of … [Read more...]