Cardinal says selecting new Pope is ‘a great responsibility’

Rome, Italy, Mar 1, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan of Mexico, who participated in the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI, stressed the great responsibility undertaken by the cardinals who will choose the next Pope.In an interview with CNA on Feb. 21, Cardinal Lozano Barragan explained that participating in a conclave is “a very beautiful experience,” but because of the responsibility it entails, it is “not at all … [Read more...]

CNA launches blog in time for papal conclave

Denver, Colo., Mar 1, 2013 / 02:26 pm (CNA).- Catholic News Agency is announcing the launch of its new blog on March 1, in time to provide enhanced coverage of the papal conclave that will elect the new Pope, as well as future Church news.The blog can be accessed at“We are thrilled to announce the launch of our blog in what could be called the most exciting time for the Church in modern history,” said CNA managing editor Marianne … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI’s first night as Pope emeritus

Vatican City, Mar 1, 2013 / 11:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Benedict XVI ate dinner, watched the news with Archbishop Georg Gänswein and slept soundly during his first night as a retired pontiff.   “We spoke with Archbishop Georg Gänswein this morning and he told us that both of them slept very well, had dinner and watched two Italian newscasts of the days events,” Vatican press office director Father Federico Lombardi said March 1.   “The Pope was immersed … [Read more...]

Papal apartments, basilica sealed for sede vacante

Vatican City, Mar 1, 2013 / 10:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone sealed off the papal apartments, marking the beginning of the sede vacante, the period when there is no Pope. The head of the Apostolic Chamber, an office that only operates during the time of sede vacante and takes care of papal properties, closed and sealed the Vatican’s papal apartment doors at 8:00 p.m. on Feb. 28. The Holy See’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, is the leader of … [Read more...]

New Las Cruces bishop urges transformation through Jesus

Gallup, N.M., Mar 1, 2013 / 10:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Oscar Cantú became head of the Diocese of Las Cruces, N.M. on Feb. 28, using his homily to encourage the faithful to trust in the power of God to transform their lives and their cultures. “While the world and its culture have changed tremendously in recent decades, what hasn’t changed is the human heart,” the 46-year-old said in his bilingual installation Mass homily. “The human heart still longs for … [Read more...]

US cardinals say next Pope must be ‘man of deep faith’

Rome, Italy, Mar 1, 2013 / 09:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Countering much speculation that next Pope will be chosen based on geographic concerns, three American cardinals say the best candidate to succeed Benedict XVI is a man of holiness who can communicate the Gospel. “Our people back home and throughout the world are all praying for this event, that we will be guided to be able to choose the very best person to lead the Church,” Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston … [Read more...]

Cardinals set date for meetings about next Pope

Vatican City, Mar 1, 2013 / 05:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the first day that the Church is without a Pope, Cardinal Angelo Sodano announced that the first general congregation of cardinals will take place next Monday morning. Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Dean of the College of Cardinals, made the date public in an official letter sent to the world’s cardinals on March 1. The cardinals will meet from 9:30 to 12:30 on the morning of March 4 in the Synod of Bishops hall on the second … [Read more...]