‘I do this with my heart,’ Pope says before washing inmates’ feet

Vatican City, Mar 28, 2013 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis recalled for around 40 young detainees how Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and said that he would willingly do the same for them because he is called to serve. “It is the example set by Our Lord, it’s important for Him to wash their feet, because among us the one who is highest up must be at the service of others,” the Pope said, recounted Jesus response to Peter’s refusal for the … [Read more...]

Pope advances sainthood causes for persecuted Catholics

Vatican City, Mar 28, 2013 / 09:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has approved moving ahead with 16 causes for sainthood, which include multiple 20th-century martyrs, the foundress of a religious order with U.S. ties and a lay Portuguese woman. Cardinal Angelo Amato, head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presented the cases on March 27, and the Pope approved decrees recognizing their various degrees of advancement. The person with the closest ties to the United States who … [Read more...]

Vatican did not expect Pope to visit youth prison

Vatican City, Mar 28, 2013 / 08:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican officials thought Pope Francis would only celebrate Holy Thursday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, but an invitation from a government minister changed their plans.   The Italian Justice Minister, Paola Severino, “was visiting the psychiatric hospital where I serve as chaplain, and she showed interest in inviting the Pope to visit an Italian prison,” explained Monsignor Gino Belleri in a March 26 interview with … [Read more...]

Pope to priests: anointing others will strengthen your heart

Vatican City, Mar 28, 2013 / 05:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope told priests that if they “anoint” others by bringing the grace of God to their everyday realities, they will be strengthened in their priesthood. “A good priest can be recognized by the way his people are anointed,” said Pope Francis during the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass at which oils that will be used in the sacraments are blessed. “When our people are anointed with the oil of gladness, it is … [Read more...]

DC youth salsa dance for immigrant outreach

Washington D.C., Mar 28, 2013 / 04:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent Latin-style party in Washington, D.C., drew hundreds of young adults for a night of music, food and salsa dancing that benefited Catholic outreach to low-income immigrants.“We had so many young people there, so many new people. It was a fun night,” Monsignor John Enzler, president of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, told CNA March 27.“There was an excitement there that we hadn’t … [Read more...]

ND bishop praises new laws protecting unborn life

Bismarck, N.D., Mar 28, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop David Kagan of Bismarck, N.D. praised the North Dakota legislature and governor for passing into law three pro-life bills that place stronger restrictions on abortion. “The protection of all human life from the moment of conception to natural death is the primary purpose of government,” Bishop Kagan said March 26. “All persons, including our elected officials, are obligated to unceasingly seek protection of … [Read more...]

Survey shows Easter services important for Americans

New Haven, Conn., Mar 28, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- About 60 percent of Americans say they intend to go to church for Easter Sunday, with 70 percent of Catholic Americans and 92 percent of practicing Catholics saying they will attend services. “The survey shows that Easter remains an important part of the lives of most Americans,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus, which commissioned the survey. Anderson said March 27 that the celebration of … [Read more...]