Cardinal Sodano prays for Pope generous in charity

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2013 / 05:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The dean of the College of Cardinals celebrated Mass this morning and prayed for a new Pope that will embrace the mission of charity with a generous heart.“My brothers, let us pray that the Lord will grant us a pontiff who will embrace this noble mission (of charity) with a generous heart,” Cardinal Angelo Sodano said in St. Peter’s Basilica on March 12.“Let us pray that the future Pope may continue this … [Read more...]

Young adult uses marathon to pursue her vocation

Fresno, Calif., Mar 12, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A California-native is running 26.2 miles to support her vocation as a cloistered nun. But before Jenn Garza can join the contemplative Norbertine sisters, she must pay off nearly $53,000 in student loans. Although Garza works two jobs, the 26-year-old said she “wouldn’t be able to pay off my student loans in any short amount of time.” However – with a background in fitness and experience as a personal … [Read more...]

Catholics see moral complications in drone usage

Washington D.C., Mar 12, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid continued debate over the use of drone strikes, Catholic thinkers warned that the U.S. drone program – particularly when used in civilian areas – raises a host of complex moral considerations.“It would be very easy to come to reasoning that the Church would be absolutely opposed to the use of drones – foreign or domestic – in civilian areas” said Joshua Mercer, political director of civic … [Read more...]

Thousands sign up for Pope election text message

Denver, Colo., Mar 12, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- Over 35,000 people have signed up for, a service of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students that sends out a free text and e-mail alert when the next Pope is elected. “The reaction has been fantastic and overwhelming,” Kevin Cotter, FOCUS web director, told CNA March 11. “It’s been great to be at the forefront of Catholic new media and getting the word out there.” Demand for the service has … [Read more...]