US bishops cite Pope Francis in urging marriage rally prayers

Washington D.C., Mar 22, 2013 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. bishops have asked participants in an ongoing fast to pray for the upcoming March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., noting that Pope Francis urged Argentine Catholics to take part in a similar event. In a March 22 statement, the bishops recalled how then-Cardinal Jorge Bergogli, as archbishop of Buenos Aires, encouraged support for a July 2010 march in the Argentine capital. The pontiff had said in a letter to Carmelite nuns … [Read more...]

Pope celebrates Mass for Vatican gardeners, janitors

Vatican City, Mar 22, 2013 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis celebrated a small Mass for the Vatican’s janitors and gardeners on the morning of March 22 in the Domus Sanctae Marthae chapel.Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano described the Mass as “a simple celebration to which the Pope invited employees of the garden and cleaning services of the Governorate of Vatican City State.”The Pontiff’s short homily commented on the daily readings, explaining … [Read more...]

America’s ‘soul’ at risk over immigration, Archbishop Gomez warns

Los Angeles, Calif., Mar 22, 2013 / 12:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Addressing America's immigration problem, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles urged religious believers to recall the nation to an understanding of human dignity based on its biblical roots. “The real problem is that immigration is a question about America – about our national identity and destiny, about the national 'soul,'” the Archbishop of Los Angeles told the Jewish advocacy group … [Read more...]

Claims that Pope supported gay civil unions disputed

CNA STAFF, Mar 22, 2013 / 09:21 am (CNA).- The director of the Catholic News Agency of Argentina (AICA) has told CNA that claims of Pope Francis supporting gay civil unions when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires are not true.Miguel Woites, who works directly with the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina, the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires and the Apostolic Nunciature, dismissed statementes made by Sergio Rubin, the author of an interview with Cardinal Bergoglio entitled “Over Heaven and … [Read more...]

Spiritual poverty threatens world peace, Pope states

Vatican City, Mar 22, 2013 / 05:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis invited the diplomats accredited to the Holy See to join him in fighting both material and spiritual poverty, which both contribute to the lack of peace in the world. “Fighting poverty, both material and spiritual, building peace and constructing bridges: these, as it were, are the reference points for a journey that I want to invite each of the countries here represented to take up,” Pope Francis said March … [Read more...]

Young entrepreneur’s life defined by dreams, not disability

Albuquerque, N.M., Mar 22, 2013 / 04:00 am (CNA).- Despite only being 27 years old, Tim Harris already has a lengthy resume.The New Mexico native has won more medals than Michael Phelps, was voted homecoming king by the largest margin of votes in his high school’s history, is a college graduate and owns the “world’s friendliest restaurant,” Tim’s Place, in Albuquerque.Although Harris was born with Down syndrome, his life has been defined by his dreams, not his … [Read more...]

Louisiana monks thankful for right to sell caskets

New Orleans, La., Mar 22, 2013 / 02:00 am (CNA).- After fighting a lawsuit for over five years, Benedictine monks in Louisiana finally won the right to sell their handmade wooden caskets when a federal appeals court ruled in their favor March 20. “This is great news for us...we're first of all very grateful,” said Abbot Justin Brown of the Covington-based Saint Joseph Abbey. “We noted that the news came to us the day after the feast of St. Joseph, so we felt that we … [Read more...]