Congressional delegates praise Pope’s loving example

Washington D.C., Mar 18, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of Congress traveling to the Vatican for the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis praised the new Pontiff as a spiritual leader who presents the fullness of Church teaching in love. Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.) told CNA that it is “really an honor” to both “symbolically and tangibly represent the House of Representatives” at the Pope's installation Mass on March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph. Smith … [Read more...]

Congressional delegates praise Pope’s loving example

Washington D.C., Mar 18, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of Congress traveling to the Vatican for the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis praised the new Pontiff as a spiritual leader who presents the fullness of Church teaching in love. Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.) told CNA that it is “really an honor” to both “symbolically and tangibly represent the House of Representatives” at the Pope's installation Mass on March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph. Smith … [Read more...]

Pope possesses wisdom and simplicity, Argentine cardinal says

Rome, Italy, Mar 18, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- The retired cardinal of Parana, Argentina, described his friend Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio – now Pope Francis – as an able pastor with the heart of a missionary. In an interview with CNA, Cardinal Estanislao Esteban Karlic said it was a “huge surprise” to see his friend appear on the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica dressed in white.  “The Lord loves us so much, he gave us this immense gift.” “I … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ inauguration brings world to Rome

Vatican City, Mar 18, 2013 / 12:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to converge on St. Peter’s Square March 19 for the installation of Pope Francis, including large delegations from Argentina and Italy. The ceremony is formally titled “The Inauguration of the Petrine Ministry of the Bishop of Rome” and begins with a visit to the tomb of St. Peter. The largest delegations will be coming from Argentina and Italy. President Cristina Fernandez … [Read more...]

Catholic Marriage Prep success bucking national marital trends

Colorado Springs, Colo., Mar 18, 2013 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- With more couples choosing to use contraception and live together before marriage, the Catholic definition of marriage is more at risk than ever, says Christian Meert, who with his wife Christine heads the Office of Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of Colorado Springs. The problem for many couples, he said, is often a fundamental lack of knowledge about what Christ and the Catholic Church require of married couples, he … [Read more...]

Priest defends Pope Francis against ‘Dirty War’ accusations

Denver, Colo., Mar 18, 2013 / 10:33 am (CNA).- In a CNA column, professor and priest Father Matthew Lamb dispels allegations that Pope Francis did not speak out against the kidnapping of two Jesuits during the country's civil conflict in the 1970s. Fr. Lamb, chair of the theology department at Ave Maria University in Florida, discusses the case of two Jesuits who were kidnapped by the Argentine government in the 1970s. During that time, the military junta that ruled Argentina leveled a … [Read more...]

Pope keeps motto of mercy from Buenos Aires

Vatican City, Mar 18, 2013 / 09:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis decided this morning that he would keep both the motto and coat of arms that he used during his time as Archbishop of Buenos Aires. The motto has “a particular meaning in life and spiritual journey of the Pope,” a March 18 statement from the Vatican press office says. “In fact, on the feast of St. Matthew in 1953, the young Jorge Mario Bergoglio experienced at the age of 17-years-old, in a very special … [Read more...]


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