Pope will change rule for conclave date tomorrow

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2013 / 03:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI will issue a motu proprio on Feb. 25, clearing the way for the College of Cardinals to choose a date in early March to begin the conclave for electing his successor.According to sources at the Vatican, Pope Benedict plans to publish a declaration on Monday that will enable the cardinals to select a date that is earlier than the 15-day waiting period currently required by Church law.The director of the Holy See press … [Read more...]

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The ‘strictest’ secrecy: a look at how conclaves work

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2013 / 01:12 pm (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI's successor will soon be elected during a conclave, a secret vote of cardinals that will occur in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel next month.The number of cardinal-electors, who will travel to Rome from across the globe, is limited to 120, and only those cardinals who are not yet 80 are allowed to vote in the conclave.Conclaves are events of “the strictest secrecy,” to preserve the impartiality of proceedings. … [Read more...]

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Wales and England celebrate patron St. David on March 1

Denver, Colo., Feb 24, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Among Welsh Catholics, as well as those in England, March 1 is the liturgical celebration of Saint David of Wales.St. David is the patron of the Welsh people, remembered as a missionary bishop and the founder of many monasteries during the sixth century. David was a popular namesake for churches in Wales prior to the Anglican schism, and his feast day is still an important religious and civic observance. Although Pope Benedict XVI … [Read more...]

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Pope Benedict says he is not ‘abandoning the Church’

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2013 / 05:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Around 120,000 pilgrims heard Pope Benedict XVI deliver his last Angelus address, in which he said that “the Lord called me to ‘climb the mountain,’ to devote myself even more to prayer and meditation,” a change that does not mean he is “abandoning the Church.”“Dear brothers and sisters,” the Pope said as he dwelt on the Sunday Gospel on the Transfiguration, “the Word of God feels … [Read more...]

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US report shows increase in sexually-transmitted infections

Washington D.C., Feb 23, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA).- New governmental reports on sexual behavior in America show significant rises in both sexually-transmitted infections and use of emergency contraception in recent years.Government estimates “show that there are about 20 million new infections in the United States each year,” said that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a new fact sheet released this month.The report was one of two recent studies by the organization … [Read more...]

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A gold medal for his faith

Tucson, Ariz., Feb 23, 2013 / 01:04 pm (CNA).- When coaches and athletes are preparing to head to the Olympic Games, they certainly long for the thrill of victory and don’t even want to consider the agony of defeat. But what of the challenge of even going to the Olympics, period, when an immediate family member dies in the final weeks before the Games?That was the case for current University of Arizona women’s softball head coach Mike Candrea, who held that same position with Team … [Read more...]

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Vatican slams media for trying to influence papal vote

Vatican City, Feb 23, 2013 / 08:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the conclave to elect a new Pope approaches, the media has ramped up its speculation about why the Pope is resigning, causing the Secretariat of State to warn about “completely false and unverifiable” news stories aimed at swaying public opinion to influence the vote. “It is deplorable that as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the Conclave … that there is a widespread distribution of often … [Read more...]

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