Priest lauds Catholic class offerings at largest state school

Irvine, Calif., Mar 13, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Arizona State University's partnership with a Catholic college providing theology courses to students won praise from scholar Father Robert Spitzer as “an experiment in the logic of complementarity.” “Theological studies enhance the entire liberal arts curriculum. They can't help but do so,” Fr. Spitzer, S.J., told CNA March 13. The Jesuit priest served as president of Washington state's Gonzaga … [Read more...]

Cardinal Marx elected president of German bishops’ conference

Munich, Germany, Mar 13, 2014 / 04:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Reinhard Marx was elected head of the German bishops’ conference Wednesday, succeeding Robert Zollitsch, Archbishop Emeritus of Freiburg im Breisgau. “It is a great sign of the confidence of the bishops in Cardinal Marx that they have transferred to him this responsibility in a time of great challenge for the Church,” Fr. Peter Beer, vicar general of Cardinal Marx’ Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, … [Read more...]

Speaker Boehner invites Pope Francis to address Congress

Washington D.C., Mar 13, 2014 / 01:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaker of the House John Boehner has extended an open invitation to Pope Francis to address a joint meeting of Congress, praising the Pope’s advocacy for the vulnerable. “Pope Francis has inspired millions of Americans with his pastoral manner and servant leadership, challenging all people to lead lives of mercy, forgiveness, solidarity, and humble service,” Speaker Boehner said March 13. “His tireless call … [Read more...]

Pope will succeed in reforming Roman Curia, cardinal expects

Vatican City, Mar 13, 2014 / 12:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has discussed the reform of the Roman Curia being carried out by Pope Francis, saying he trusts that it will be completed effectively. “It is a difficult journey, but I believe that Pope Francis is a man of decision, and so I believe he will succeed,” Cardinal Bertone, emeritus secretary of state, told CNA March 7. He served as the Vatican’s secretary of state under Benedict XVI from 2006, … [Read more...]

Fr. Lombardi: Pope is spending anniversary in prayer

Vatican City, Mar 13, 2014 / 08:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In light of the Pope Francis’ first anniversary as Bishop of Rome, the Vatican has stated that the pontiff is doing nothing special to celebrate other than pray, as he is currently participating in his Lenten retreat. “Today the Pope is not doing anything special or different from other days. He is praying,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi told reporters in a March 13 statement. Fr. Lombardi’s comment … [Read more...]

Nun empowers Northern India’s women with education, hope

Rome, Italy, Mar 13, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a local culture prone to viewing women as property, Sister Daphne Sequeira has dedicated her life to offering education and a hopeful future to those in Northern India's rural villages. Seeing a girl “whose potential is suppressed, her freedom, her desires are suppressed, I say, this is such disrespect to God, who created in his image, who created us as man and woman in his image, who promised us to have life to its … [Read more...]

Stupak urges Supreme Court to affirm conscience protections

Washington D.C., Mar 13, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Former congressman Bart Stupak wrote a column Tuesday in support of the owners of for-profit companies who object to providing contraceptive drugs which can cause abortions. “I'm proud to stand with the Green and Hahn families and their corporations, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, in seeking to uphold our most cherished beliefs that we, as American citizens, should not be required to relinquish our conscience and moral … [Read more...]