Denver archbishop laments passage of civil unions bill

Denver, Colo., Mar 12, 2013 / 01:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver called the Colorado legislature's passage of a civil unions bill a “regrettable move” harming families, children, and religious freedom. “Today our state and federal Constitutions have been dealt a troubling blow,” he said March 12. “Marriage is a stabilizing institution at the foundation of civil society. Religious liberty is a civil rights issue. Today both have … [Read more...]

Denver archbishop laments passage of civil unions bill

Denver, Colo., Mar 12, 2013 / 01:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver called the Colorado legislature's passage of a civil unions bill a “regrettable move” harming families, children, and religious freedom. “Today our state and federal Constitutions have been dealt a troubling blow,” he said March 12. “Marriage is a stabilizing institution at the foundation of civil society. Religious liberty is a civil rights issue. Today both have … [Read more...]

Black smoke, no Pope yet

Rome, Italy, Mar 12, 2013 / 12:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Black smoke rose from the chimney atop the Vatican's Sistine Chapel at 7:42 p.m. local time on March 12, signaling that the College of Cardinals has not yet come to an agreement in electing the Church's new Pope.Voting will continue on March 13, starting at approximately 9:30 a.m. local time. Four votes are held per day - two in the morning and two in the evening.Smoke is sent up after the two morning votes – around noon … [Read more...]

Cardinals will begin conclave with songs, prayers and oaths

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2013 / 09:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The doors of the Sistine Chapel will be closed this evening with the declaration “extra omnes” – everyone out, beginning the Conclave that will choose the next Pope. The ceremony, called the “Rite for Entrance into Conclave,” will begin with a procession from the Pauline Chapel to the Sistine Chapel, a walk of about 50 yards through Regia Hall. The procession will be led by the cross, followed by the Book … [Read more...]

Cardinal Sodano prays for Pope generous in charity

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2013 / 05:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The dean of the College of Cardinals celebrated Mass this morning and prayed for a new Pope that will embrace the mission of charity with a generous heart.“My brothers, let us pray that the Lord will grant us a pontiff who will embrace this noble mission (of charity) with a generous heart,” Cardinal Angelo Sodano said in St. Peter’s Basilica on March 12.“Let us pray that the future Pope may continue this … [Read more...]

Young adult uses marathon to pursue her vocation

Fresno, Calif., Mar 12, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A California-native is running 26.2 miles to support her vocation as a cloistered nun. But before Jenn Garza can join the contemplative Norbertine sisters, she must pay off nearly $53,000 in student loans. Although Garza works two jobs, the 26-year-old said she “wouldn’t be able to pay off my student loans in any short amount of time.” However – with a background in fitness and experience as a personal … [Read more...]

Catholics see moral complications in drone usage

Washington D.C., Mar 12, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid continued debate over the use of drone strikes, Catholic thinkers warned that the U.S. drone program – particularly when used in civilian areas – raises a host of complex moral considerations.“It would be very easy to come to reasoning that the Church would be absolutely opposed to the use of drones – foreign or domestic – in civilian areas” said Joshua Mercer, political director of civic … [Read more...]


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