Pope plans to live in Vatican workers’ residence

Vatican City, Mar 26, 2013 / 10:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said this morning he will stay at Saint Martha’s residence instead of moving to the Apostolic Palace, according to the Vatican press office. “After the Mass ended this morning, the Pope told those present that he intends to remain in the Casa Santa Marta and stay with the employees,” said the Holy See’s press office director, Father Federico Lombardi. His comments came after a 7:00 a.m. Mass that … [Read more...]

Archbishop Cordileone leads DC marriage march in prayer

Washington D.C., Mar 26, 2013 / 09:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco lead those participating in the March for Marriage in prayer today, as the Supreme Court hears arguments on the first of two cases about gay marriage. “It is truly inspiring to know that so many people from so many walks of life, including many young people, are expressing their support for marriage,” he said of the march. March 26 is the first day of oral arguments … [Read more...]

Pope sends Passover greeting, asks for prayers

Rome, Italy, Mar 26, 2013 / 09:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In keeping with tradition, Pope Francis sent a message to the Jewish community in Rome, wishing them a good Passover and requesting prayers. “May the Almighty, who freed his People from slavery in Egypt in order to lead them to the promised land, continue to deliver you from all evil and to accompany you with his blessing,” reads the letter that was sent March 25. The celebration of Passover began at sundown on March … [Read more...]

Conference to help therapists integrate faith into practice

Fort Worth, Texas, Mar 26, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA).- An upcoming Catholic psychotherapy conference aims to foster an understanding of human dignity and goodness among therapists, according to a chairman of the event. “We want to respect the fact that any time a person walks into the therapy office that that person is respected, and that their goodness is reflected back to them,” Irving-based therapist Dr. Suzanne Baars told CNA. “In helping therapists to integrate the … [Read more...]

Pope app tops iTunes charts

Denver, Colo., Mar 26, 2013 / 02:09 am (CNA).- A Vatican-sponsored news application for smart phones known as “The Pope App” has risen to the top of the charts in the iTunes store, reflecting a spike in interest in the papacy and newly-elected Pope Francis.In the last week, The Pope App is the most-downloaded news app for iPhone in the U.S., Canada, Spain, Venezuela, Peru, Poland, Chile, Mexico, Portugal, and Pope Francis’ home country of Argentina.It is the second most … [Read more...]

Secretary Kerry calls for freedom of imprisoned Iranian pastor

Washington D.C., Mar 26, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After repeatedly being petitioned by lawmakers and citizens, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has urged the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith.“I am deeply concerned about the fate of U.S citizen Saeed Abedini, who has been detained for nearly six months and was sentenced to eight years in prison in Iran on charges related to his religious beliefs,” said Kerry in a … [Read more...]

Franciscan University undaunted after HHS suit dismissed

Steubenville, Ohio, Mar 25, 2013 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Although a judge has dismissed Franciscan University of Steubenville's lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate, the school says it will continue to fight for its religious liberty. “We will not stop fighting this unjust mandate, this unjust attack on our first freedoms,” said Michael Hernon, vice president of advancement at Franciscan University. “As a university, we believe this goes right to … [Read more...]