Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2013 / 07:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI told a gathering of cardinals Feb. 11 that he no longer has the strength to carry out ministry and will resign on Feb. 28. “I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict XVI announces his retirement

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2013 / 04:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he will resign from his duties as Pope on February 28th, 2013.The full text of the Pope's announcement follows. Please revist this page for more details. A press conference will be held in minutes at the Vatican press office.Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life … [Read more...]

Momentum builds around national March for Marriage

Washington D.C., Feb 10, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Plans for a national March for Marriage in downtown Washington, D.C., are generating excitement and enthusiastic support, according to organizers of the event.The upcoming March for Marriage “is an opportunity to witness to the culture about our pro-marriage beliefs,” said Thomas Peters, cultural director for the National Organization for Marriage.Peters told CNA that coming together visibly to support the institution … [Read more...]

Post-abortive woman finds healing, offers hope for unplanned pregnancies

St. Paul, Minn., Feb 10, 2013 / 10:11 am (CNA).- The year was 1969,  three years before abortion became legal in America.A 20-year-old from rural Iowa fled her rocky upbringing, looking for a fresh start in a big city.She landed in New York. A great job and a sprawling metropolis bursting with culture invigorated her.Looking for a carefree life to erase the troubles and scars of her childhood, she immersed herself in the arts and entertainment of the city that never sleeps.And, … [Read more...]

Church recalls Our Lady of Lourdes apparitions on Feb. 11

Denver, Colo., Feb 10, 2013 / 06:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Feb. 11, the Catholic Church celebrates the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, recalling a series of 18 appearances that the Blessed Virgin Mary made to a 14-year-old French peasant girl, Saint Bernadette Soubirous.The Marian apparitions began Feb. 11, 1858, ended July 16 that year and received the local bishop's approval after a four-year inquiry.Coming soon after the 1854 dogmatic definition of her Immaculate … [Read more...]

Trust in God’s strength when you answer his call, Pope counsels

Vatican City, Feb 10, 2013 / 05:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI spoke about how Jesus calls his followers to believe in his power to overcome their sins so that they do not stand in the way of answering his call. “The experience of Peter, certainly unique, is also representative of the call of every apostle of the Gospel, who must never be discouraged in proclaiming Christ to all men, to the ends of the world,” Pope Benedict said Feb. 10, before reciting the Angelus … [Read more...]

Fighting for his faith

Buffalo, N.Y., Feb 9, 2013 / 04:53 pm (CNA).- Ask “Baby” Joe Mesi how such a devout Catholic could step into a boxing ring to punch another guy for twelve rounds and his response begins with a laugh and an anecdote.The fact that his unbeaten pro career ended prematurely is no laughing matter, but the lessons he learned along the way and ability to carry his faith along the way are priceless victories.A 1996 U.S. Olympic alternate, “Baby Joe” – as Mesi was … [Read more...]