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...]

Thousands flood DC to stand up for marriage

Washington D.C., Mar 27, 2013 / 06:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Citing concerns for the well-being of children and respect for the democratic process, participants in the national March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., stressed the importance of marriage for society.Sara Barrios from New York City told CNA that without the biologically-based institution of marriage, the foundations of family and society “will fall apart.”Without a man and a woman, “it is impossible to have … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to offer hope by washing young inmates’ feet

Rome, Italy, Mar 27, 2013 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ decision to wash the feet of 12 young people at a juvenile detention center on Holy Thursday is being described as a display of love for the young people and invitation to renewal.Prison chaplain Father Gaetano Greco told CNA that the Pope’s visit “will make them see that their lives are not bound by a mistake, that forgiveness exists and that they can begin to build their lives again.”Fr. Greco … [Read more...]