Thousands sign up for Pope election text message

Denver, Colo., Mar 12, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- Over 35,000 people have signed up for, a service of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students that sends out a free text and e-mail alert when the next Pope is elected. “The reaction has been fantastic and overwhelming,” Kevin Cotter, FOCUS web director, told CNA March 11. “It’s been great to be at the forefront of Catholic new media and getting the word out there.” Demand for the service has … [Read more...]

Catholic service requires conscience rights, Boston cardinal stresses

Rome, Italy, Mar 11, 2013 / 05:11 pm (CNA).- Writing from Rome just a few days before the Papal conclave, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston called on members of Congress to support stronger religious freedom protections in health care.“In short,” the cardinal said in a March 8 letter, “a failure to provide clear and enforceable protection for a right of conscience could undermine Americans’ access to quality health care.”“Providers of health care, … [Read more...]

Confession key to Church renewal, Cardinal Wuerl reflects

Rome, Italy, Mar 11, 2013 / 04:29 pm (CNA).- In a March 10 homily in Rome, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C. emphasized the importance of the sacrament of confession in liberating the faithful and leading them back to God.“It remains one of the great marvels of God’s love that God would make forgiveness so readily available to each of us,” Cardinal Wuerl said.“In the simple actions of contrition, confession, absolution, and satisfaction we are restored to … [Read more...]

Cardinal Ouellet urges forgiveness ahead of conclave

Rome, Italy, Mar 11, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a homily at his Roman parish on Sunday, Cardinal Marc Ouellet encouraged forgiveness and reconciliation, especially through the sacrament of confession. “The cardinals that will now participate in the conclave will have the opportunity, and will all be invited to confess their sins, so as to choose with purity of heart,” the Quebec native said March 10. Cardinal Oullet, who formerly served as head of the Vatican's … [Read more...]

Florists, bus drivers and technicians take oath

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2013 / 01:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- This evening 90 people who will assist the Conclave in various capacities took an oath of secrecy not to divulge anything about it or the events surrounding it. Among the people participating are “religious for the sacristy, religious for confession, nurses and doctors, waiters and food service personnel from Santa Marta, technical assistants, and people who clean Santa Marta and the Vatican,” said Vatican press director … [Read more...]

Over 50,000 send messages of gratitude to Benedict XVI

Madrid, Spain, Mar 11, 2013 / 12:08 pm (CNA).- A book containing more than 50,000 messages of gratitude to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has been delivered to the Apostolic Nuncio in Spain, who is expected to send it to the retired Pontiff.The book was delivered to the nuncio, Archbishop Renzo Fratini, by Ignacio Arsuaga, president of the Spanish civil rights website HazteOir.In statements to CNA on March 7, Arsuaga said that it “is an honor for us to have collected these signs of … [Read more...]

New Pope will have adoration before his presentation

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2013 / 10:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a change to past papal elections, the new Pope will have the chance to adore Jesus in the Eucharist before he makes his appearance on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. Vatican press office director Father Federico Lombardi told journalists March 11 that, “when the Pope goes to the loggia, he passes the Pauline Chapel and will stop there for a brief moment of personal prayer and silence in front of the Blessed … [Read more...]