Pope Francis prays at John Paul II’s tomb on anniversary

Vatican City, Apr 3, 2013 / 03:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis spent a “long time” kneeling in silent prayer before the tomb of Blessed John Paul II on April 2, the eighth anniversary of his death. The visit “this evening in the Vatican basilica expresses the deep, spiritual continuity of the Petrine ministry shared by the Popes.  “It is precisely this Petrine ministry that Pope Francis so deeply feels and shares, and which he has also shown in his meeting … [Read more...]

Boston College draws support on condom distribution ban

Boston, Mass., Apr 3, 2013 / 02:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite attacks against Boston College for its prohibition of condom distribution on campus, the school says its rules are similar to those of many prominent Catholic universities across the U.S.“All Catholic colleges and universities have policies that ask students to be respectful of Catholic values,” Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn told CNA April 2. “We refer to them as ‘Catholic … [Read more...]

Seattle archbishop decries Washington abortion bill

Seattle, Wash., Apr 3, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- The Archbishop of Seattle warned state legislators that a proposed bill requiring abortion coverage in health care plans will result in a fight to protect the Catholic Church from being forced to pay for the procedure. “The Catholic Church in Washington State and its affiliated organizations do not now, nor will we in the future, offer coverage for abortion in our health care plans,” Archbishop Peter Sartain told the Washington Senate … [Read more...]