Poll shows regular Mass attendees oppose ‘gay marriage’

Hamden, Conn., Mar 9, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- A majority of Catholics who attend services weekly oppose same-sex “marriage,” according to a poll by Quinnipiac University, even though it's release suggested that Catholics largely support the practice. Among Catholics who are registered to vote and who attend services weekly, 36 percent support “gay marriage,” while 55 percent oppose it, according to figures provided to CNA by April Radocchio, Quinnipiac University … [Read more...]

Lifelong friendship with Blessed Virgin inspires book

Anchorage, Alaska, Mar 9, 2013 / 01:04 pm (CNA).- As he does each day — wearing a sport coat and tie — the ramrod-straight, six-foot-one-and-a-half Ken Wichorek stepped out of his tiny white Geo Metro on a mid-January morning and headed straight for Holy Family Cathedral in downtown Anchorage.The 81-year-old parishioner arrives early for the daily noontime Mass to lead the rosary aloud beforehand for grandmothers, work-at-home moms and business people who also arrive early. This … [Read more...]

Main reason for conclave date revealed

Vatican City, Mar 9, 2013 / 01:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An overwhelming majority of the College of Cardinals agreed on holding the conclave March 12 because the Sistine Chapel and St. Martha House needed more time to be ready for it.Vatican press office director Father Federico Lombardi told journalists March 9 that the chamberlain of the College, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, updated the cardinals on the status of preparations needed to begin the conclave, which effectively ruled out an earlier … [Read more...]

Catholics worldwide mobilize support for new Pope

Denver, Colo., Mar 9, 2013 / 06:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When the white smoke rises from the Sistine Chapel to signal the next Pope’s election, Catholics in some cities can gather at local rally points organized in advance to show their support and love.Rally founder Seth DeMoor said the new “Rally for the Pope” initiative is intended to show the world “that we stand with and support the new Pope and the teachings of the Church.”“Rather than let the … [Read more...]

Arkansas passes nation’s broadest abortion restrictions

Little Rock, Ark., Mar 8, 2013 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Arkansas legislators have overridden a veto by the governor in order to prohibit most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy, the earliest ban of any state in the country.“I feel grateful that people recognize that the abortion policy of this nation has not made abortions rare,” said the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Jason Rapert, in a statement. “In Arkansas, we have now recognized the need for a more balanced policy, … [Read more...]