Pope spends half hour asking Mary for protection

Rome, Italy, Mar 14, 2013 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis made a private visit to Saint Mary Major Basilica this morning and prayed for half an hour at the Altar of the Virgin Mary.In keeping with his humble demeanor, Pope Francis entered the basilica at around 8:00 a.m. through a side door, accompanied by Archbishop Georg Gänswein and Father Leonardo Sapienza, the top two officials from the Papal Household.The night before, when he was introduced to the hundreds of the … [Read more...]

Jesuit charism is to serve the Church, priest notes

Denver, Colo., Mar 14, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Jesuit priest expressed delight at the election of Pope Francis, who is a member of the Society of Jesus, highlighting that the group was founded to serve Christ's Church. “The whole Jesuit charism is to be at the service of the hierarchical Church,” Father Raymond Gawronski, a priest of the Maryland province of the Society of Jesus, told CNA March 13. “We are at the service of the Church; wherever God wants … [Read more...]

Descendant of founding American files 50th mandate lawsuit

Washington D.C., Mar 14, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Baptist small business owner whose ancestors fought religious persecution as founding Americans has filed the 50th lawsuit challenging the federal contraception mandate.The Thomas More Law Center, which is handling the case, said that Thomas Beckwith’s ancestors endured “the hardships of a storm tossed ocean voyage,” coming the America “in 1626 to escape religious persecution from England.”“One … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus voice gratitude for Pope Francis

New Haven, Conn., Mar 14, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Prayers and best wishes are being sent from the Knights of Columbus to Pope Francis upon his election today, March 13. “The election of Pope Francis – the first pope from the American hemisphere – highlights the fact that America is the continent of baptized Christians, and a place of central importance to the faith today,” the fraternal organization, with over 1 million members worldwide, … [Read more...]

American bishops overjoyed at election of Pope Francis

Los Angeles, Calif., Mar 13, 2013 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishops across America voiced joy and gratitude over Pope Francis accepting his election as Bishop of Rome and Vicar of Christ on March 13. “I am very happy with the election of Pope Francis,” Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles said. “For us as Catholics, this is a beautiful spiritual moment, a time of joy and thanksgiving. A time for prayer for the whole Church.” Archbishop Gomez called it a … [Read more...]