Political leaders encourage hope amid Boston tragedy

Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2013 / 05:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, state and federal lawmakers are offering assistance and support to the people of Massachusetts, along with promises of continued prayers.“I'm supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city,” said U.S. President Barack Obama in an April 15 press conference. “And as they do, the American people … [Read more...]

Slain Catholic boy remembered by Boston community

Boston, Mass., Apr 16, 2013 / 03:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The young Catholic boy killed when a bomb exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon is being remembered by his family and educators for his kindness and enthusiasm.Russ Wilson, regional director of the Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy in Dorchester, which 8-year-old Martin Richard attended, told CNA that the child had received his First Communion in May 2012.Wilson described the Richards as a wonderful and … [Read more...]

Advisory group will not weaken Pope’s power, analyst explains

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2013 / 01:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Although some have worried Pope Francis’ creation of a group of cardinals to advise him means he is giving up some of his papal authority, an expert in Church law says a better description of the move is choosing the members of a cabinet. Paolo Gherri, who teaches the Theology of Canon Law at the Pontifical Lateran University, told CNA in an April 16 interview that he believes Pope Francis “has in some ways chosen the … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI receives birthday greetings from Pope Francis

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).-  Pope Francis made a phone call on the morning of April 16 to wish a happy 86th birthday to his predecessor, Benedict XVI.The Holy Father also sent greetings to Benedict’s brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, who has been at Castel Gandolfo with the retired Pope for several days.Both Pope Francis – formerly Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio – and Msgr. Ratzinger will celebrate the feast day of their namesake, St. George, on … [Read more...]

Church leaders pray for peace in wake of Boston bombing

Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2013 / 11:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic leaders offered prayers and sent words of peace to those affected by the explosions at the Boston Marathon, encouraging the faithful to pray for those involved and for the souls of those who have died.Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston expressed his “deep sorrow following the senseless acts of violence perpetrated at the Boston Marathon,” offering “prayers and concern” for those who were … [Read more...]

Vatican unveils plans for International Family Center in Nazareth

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2013 / 10:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is moving ahead with plans to build the International Family Center in Nazareth, a complex that will include a church, meeting spaces, a hotel for visitors and play areas for children, all as part of an effort to build up the family in the Holy Land. The project was presented April 16 at a Vatican press conference by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Salvatore Martinez from the Renewal in … [Read more...]

Pope urges Bostonians to combat evil with good

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2013 / 06:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is praying for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing and encouraging them not to be overcome by evil but fight it with good. “At this time of mourning the Holy Father prays that all Bostonians will be united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good, working together to build an ever more just, free and secure society for generations yet to come,” reads a message sent to … [Read more...]