Day before conclave, no clear favorite stands out

Rome, Italy, Mar 11, 2013 / 07:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “It’s not journalists that vote in the conclave. It’s cardinals,” Mexican Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera said on Sunday, after celebrating Mass at his titular church of San Francesco di Ripa Grande. Cardinal Rivera’s words underscore that this conclave could deliver a surprise and the possibility that none of the cardinals mentioned as papabili will be the new Pope. In fact, now more than ever, each … [Read more...]

Benedict praised for Holy Saturday broadcast of Shroud

Denver, Colo., Mar 10, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Benedict XVI's decision to allow a TV broadcast of the Shroud of Turin on March 30, Holy Saturday, has been lauded by experts for highlighting the link between the Shroud and death of Christ. “Pope Benedict XVI, when he visited the shroud on pilgrimage in 2010, spoke about the Shroud in terms of Holy Saturday,” John Jackson, co-founder of the Turin Shroud Center of Colorado, told CNA March 7. “From that vantage … [Read more...]

Catholic teen amputee finds strength to overcome challenges

Marana, Ariz., Mar 10, 2013 / 01:03 pm (CNA).- Laura Thompson had been through the emotional rollercoaster before when she was told by doctors that her daughter was going to be born with a cleft palate before being born without one, and now, in her doctor's office, she gets news that her son will face a life of uncertainty due to a rare physical condition.It was almost two decades ago when she was on her back in the doctor's office getting an ultrasound about a week before Christmas … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan eager for conclave to start

Vatican City, Mar 10, 2013 / 09:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan told the press outside Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Rome that he is anxious for the conclave to begin and that he feels peaceful now that the start date is known. “I’m anxious to get started. There was a sense of peace once we decided to start the conclave on Tuesday. … God willing, I’ll be home before Palm Sunday,” he said as he went into his titular parish on March 10. The … [Read more...]

Eastern Catholics pay tribute to St. Sophronius on March 11

Denver, Colo., Mar 10, 2013 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A courageous leader of the Jerusalem Church during the Islamic conquests of the seventh century, Patriarch Saint Sophronius I has his liturgical memorial on March 11. Though he is acknowledged and celebrated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, St. Sophronius is more commonly venerated among Eastern Catholics and within the Eastern Orthodox churches. All of these traditions commemorate him on the same date, the purported date of his … [Read more...]

Eastern Catholics pay tribute to St. Sophronius on March 11

Denver, Colo., Mar 10, 2013 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A courageous leader of the Jerusalem Church during the Islamic conquests of the seventh century, Patriarch Saint Sophronius I has his liturgical memorial on March 11. Though he is acknowledged and celebrated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, St. Sophronius is more commonly venerated among Eastern Catholics and within the Eastern Orthodox churches. All of these traditions commemorate him on the same date, the purported date of his … [Read more...]

Detailed schedule of conclave released

Vatican City, Mar 9, 2013 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican press office director, Fr. Federico Lombardi, has revealed details of the daily schedule of the Conclave set to begin March 12. The Mass for Election of a New Pontiff will take place on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Beginning at 3:45 p.m., Cardinals will be transferred from the St. Martha House, the building where the Cardinals will reside during the Conclave, to the Vatican. From there, Cardinals will process from the Pauline Chapel … [Read more...]


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