Benedict XVI’s cobbler fondly remembers retired Pope

Rome, Italy, Mar 5, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The man who is known around the world as “the Pope’s shoemaker” expressed sadness at the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI but also gratitude for the opportunity to serve the pontiff.“I saw on television that he was wearing my shoes and I felt so proud,” recalled Antonio Arellano, who mended shoes for Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI when he was cardinal and also made special shoes for him during his pontificate.In … [Read more...]

Proposed federal bill to strengthen religious freedom

Washington D.C., Mar 5, 2013 / 02:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of Congress have introduced a new bill that would create a broad exemption to the HHS mandate and strengthen protections for health care professionals and institutions with moral and religious objections to abortion. “We have come together to act to protect Americans’ most basic rights – our rights of conscience and religious freedom,” bill co-sponsor Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) said March … [Read more...]

Cardinals will be informed of Vatileaks background

Rome, Italy, Mar 5, 2013 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley said he trusts the cardinals taking part in the papal election will be informed on the necessary background information related to the Vatileaks scandal. “The cardinals feel confident that we will get all the information that we need for our deliberation,” said Cardinal O’Malley at a March 5 news conference at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. “It does not … [Read more...]

Cardinals send message of thanks to Benedict XVI

Vatican City, Mar 5, 2013 / 10:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The College of Cardinals sent Benedict XVI a message of thanks for his ministry and decided to only hold morning meetings as they prepare for the conclave. “The Cardinal Fathers, gathered at the Vatican for the General Congregations in view of the next conclave, send you their devoted greetings and express their renewed gratitude for all your illustrious Petrine ministry and for your example of generous pastoral care for the good of … [Read more...]

Cardinals announce adoration, Vespers ceremony for conclave

Vatican City, Mar 5, 2013 / 07:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The College of Cardinals has agreed to hold a public prayer service on March 6 in St. Peter’s Basilica to pray for the upcoming conclave and the process of electing a new Pope. “Since there is no afternoon meeting, tomorrow afternoon at 5:00 p.m. at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica, the cardinals are inviting people to a time of adoration and Vespers,” Vatican press office director Father Federico … [Read more...]

Screenwriter: without beauty, media fails to evangelize

Denver, Colo., Mar 5, 2013 / 04:05 am (CNA).- The Catholic Church needs to “set the example of beauty” in evangelizing society through media rather than existing as an isolated sub-culture, says screenwriter Barbara Nicolosi. “We’re not just supposed to be in the culture; as Catholics, we're supposed to be important in the culture,” she said March 1 at the Living the Catholic Faith Conference in Denver. “And right now, we're completely in our own … [Read more...]

Survey reveals strong US connection to local churches

Washington D.C., Mar 5, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA).- A new survey reports that Americans feel more connected to their local church than to any other institution in society.According to Rasmussen Reports, “nothing else comes close” to the bond between Americans and their local religious institutions.A Rasmussen survey released March 3 found that 54 percent of U.S. adults feel somewhat or very connected to their local church or religious organization, with 34 percents saying they are … [Read more...]