Hugo Chavez died ‘in the bosom of the Church’

Caracas, Venezuela, Mar 6, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA).- A source in Venezuela has revealed to CNA that President Hugo Chavez died “in bosom of the Church” and received spiritual direction and the sacraments in his last days.In announcing Chavez’s death to the nation on March 5, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said the Venezuelan leader died “clinging to Christ.” The source in Venezuela told CNA that during the last weeks of his life, Chavez requested spiritual direction … [Read more...]

Profile of future Pope begins to take shape

Vatican City, Mar 6, 2013 / 09:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On their third day of pre-conclave meetings the cardinals are beginning to develop the profile of what the next Pope needs to look like.   The principle themes of today’s meeting were “the Church in today’s world, the New Evangelization, the Holy See, the dicasteries and their relations with the bishops, and what’s beginning to emerge is a profile of the next Pope,” Father Federico Lombardi told the press … [Read more...]

College of Cardinals imposes media silence after breach

Vatican City, Mar 6, 2013 / 07:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The College of Cardinals has decided that its members will no longer speak to journalists after several cardinals gave too much information to Italian press. “Concern was expressed in the general congregation about leaks of confidential proceedings reported in Italian newspapers,” said Sister Mary Ann Walsh, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ media director. “As a precaution, the cardinals have agreed not … [Read more...]

College of Cardinals imposes media silence after breach

Vatican City, Mar 6, 2013 / 07:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The College of Cardinals has decided that its members will no longer speak to journalists after several cardinals gave too much information to the Italian press. “Concern was expressed in the general congregation about leaks of confidential proceedings reported in Italian newspapers,” said Sister Mary Ann Walsh, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops media director. “As a precaution, the cardinals have agreed not to … [Read more...]

Art historian says Benedict’s ‘way of beauty’ will continue to flower

Rome, Italy, Mar 6, 2013 / 04:04 am (CNA).- Pope Emeritus Benedict's emphasis on beauty as a means to encounter truth and grow in faith is one of the “greatest seeds” planted during his pontificate, says art historian Elizabeth Lev. “In his way of beauty, he says the true way of humanity is this beauty we have in the image and likeness of God,” Lev, a faculty member at the University of St. Thomas' Rome Program, told CNA in February. “Over the course … [Read more...]

Cardinals contemplate insider, outsider papal candidates

Rome, Italy, Mar 6, 2013 / 03:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “We are not ready to enter the conclave,” Cardinal Francis George of Chicago plainly told the Italian newspaper La Stampa today, adding, “I never felt that we would begin the conclave on March 11th.” The American cardinals are first in line among those who do not want to hurry the conclave, and they are not alone. In the general congregations, the schedule of meetings and all other matters are decided by a … [Read more...]

Catholics speak out against Colo. civil unions bill

Denver, Colo., Mar 6, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Those who testified against a Colorado civil unions bill last week included a Catholic man with same-sex attraction and a Colorado attorney general who was adopted through Catholic Charities. State attorney general John Suthers told the Colorado House Judiciary Committee Feb. 28 that if the bill passes in its current form, “Catholic Charities and some other religiously affiliated social service agencies will no longer be in the … [Read more...]


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