LA archdiocese settles sex abuse case for nearly $10 million

Los Angeles, Calif., Mar 13, 2013 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $9.99 million to settle a case brought by four supposed sex abuse victims of Michael Baker, who was formerly a priest of the archdiocese. The cases allege that Baker sexually abused the boys on multiple occasions as early as the 1970s. Baker was ordained a priest in 1974, and resigned from the priesthood in 2000. As part of the settlement, announced March 12, none of the parties … [Read more...]

Healthier cardinals means earlier smoke signals

Vatican City, Mar 13, 2013 / 09:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The smoke signals that indicate whether or not a new Pope has been chosen might be earlier than in the past because there are no cardinals in the infirmary. According to the Vatican’s press office director Father Federico Lombardi, “the rapidity of the vote shows it. Making use of the 'Infirmarii' (those who bring one of the voting urns to any cardinals who are too ill to attend the proceedings in the Sistine Chapel) … [Read more...]

Three cardinals entered conclave with strong candidacies

Vatican City, Mar 13, 2013 / 08:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Last night black smoke poured out of the Sistine Chapel smoke stack, leaving no doubt that a single cardinal was unable to reach the two-thirds of the vote needed to be elected the next Pope. In 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – according to a cardinal’s diary published in 2006 in the Italian magazine Limes – got 47 votes out of 115 on the first scrutiny, and the consensus around him grew until he overtook the … [Read more...]

No Pope after third round of voting

Vatican City, Mar 13, 2013 / 05:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At 11:38 a.m. local time on March 13, black smoke rose from the Sistine Chapel’s chimney, indicating that the cardinals gathered at the Vatican have not yet reached an agreement on the next Pope. Voting began on the evening of March 12, yielding an initial inconclusive vote marked by black smoke at 7:43 p.m. local time. Tow more rounds of voting will be held in the afternoon, with a smoke signal expected between 7:00p.m. and … [Read more...]

Benedictine monk: reverent liturgy helps us encounter Christ

La Garde-Freinet, France, Mar 13, 2013 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Celebrating the liturgy with reverence and beauty helps facilitate the encounter with Christ during the Mass, reflected a monk involved in organizing a conference on liturgy in Rome this summer. “Our liturgical nourishment must be ample and in accord with the mind and tradition of the Church if we are to take our place in the world as witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” Dom Alcuin Reid, a Benedictine monk … [Read more...]

Champion of ‘feminine genius’ celebrated on 90th birthday

Alexandria, Va., Mar 13, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA).- On her 90th birthday, noted philosopher and Catholic theologian Alice von Hildebrand has been lauded for both her teachings and example of “authentic womanhood.” “Alice von Hildebrand has written eloquently on the beauty of femininity,” John Henry Crosby, director of the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project, told CNA March 12. “Yet what makes her such a compelling proponent is that she embodies in her own … [Read more...]

New Facebook game draws from ‘The Bible’ TV series

Mountain View, Calif., Mar 13, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- A Christian game developer has launched a new Facebook game based on the History Channel mini-series “The Bible,” aiming to offer internet fun while promoting knowledge of Scripture.“What I’m really passionate about is high-quality Christian entertainment,” Brent Dusing, Lightside Games founder and CEO, told CNA on March 11. “In partnering with ‘The Bible’ Series, we're working with … [Read more...]