Pope to celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at youth prison

Vatican City, Mar 21, 2013 / 09:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at a youth detention center rather than the traditional Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Vatican says. On March 28, Holy Thursday, Pope Francis will celebrate the Chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in the morning, but then go to the Casal del Marmo youth detention center rather than the Basilica of St. John Lateran. This tradition is one that new pontiff has … [Read more...]

Maryland Catholics call death penalty repeal a pro-life win

Annapolis, Md., Mar 21, 2013 / 04:01 am (CNA).- Catholics in Maryland are welcoming the repeal of the death penalty in the state as a step towards a culture of life that respects the dignity of all human persons, from conception to natural death.“As Catholics we recognize the intrinsic dignity of every human life, said Linda Brenegan, respect life program director for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.“Repealing the death penalty acknowledges in law that value (of every human life) … [Read more...]

Bishop denounces health network’s compliance with mandate

Sioux Falls, S.D., Mar 21, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA).- The bishop of a South Dakota diocese has spoken out after a Catholic health care provider made the decision to comply with the federal contraception mandate without seeking diocesan counsel or authorization.Jerry Klein, delegate for social outreach for the Diocese of Sioux Falls, told CNA on March 19 that “there is a continued dialogue between the diocese and Avera” Catholic health care systems, but that a response from the health … [Read more...]

Poll shows most American Catholics happy with Pope Francis

Washington D.C., Mar 21, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- A new survey shows that U.S. Catholics are overwhelmingly content with the election of Pope Francis, with 73 percent of Catholics expressing happiness with the new pontiff. The poll, conducted by the Pew Research Center less than a week after the Pope's March 13 election, also reports a subset of 31 percent of Catholics who say they are very happy with his election. Though reported happiness was high, about 24 percent of Catholic … [Read more...]

NY bishops meet with Cuomo, reaffirm stance against abortion

New York City, N.Y., Mar 20, 2013 / 05:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of New York met recently with the state’s Catholic governor, Andrew Cuomo, to discuss their objections to his “unacceptable” abortion proposals, as well as other legislative topics.“We ended up saying, ‘If you do this, we will oppose it, and we intend to oppose any such bills from the moment they become public,’” said Bishop William F. Murphy of Rockville Center to … [Read more...]

Pope’s favorite soccer team to give him honorary jersey

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mar 20, 2013 / 04:11 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis' favorite soccer team in Argentina plans to send him a personalized jersey with his name on it.The San Lorenzo Soccer Club in Buenos Aires announced on its website on March 18 that it was inspired to make the customized jersey because of “the repercussion that the election of the former Archbishop of the city of Buenos Aires as the supreme leader of the Catholic religion has had around the world.”The … [Read more...]

Rome’s mayor ‘touched’ by Pope’s simplicity

Rome, Italy, Mar 20, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The mayor of Rome said that the simple humility of Pope Francis “really touched” his heart after the Mass that officially began the Petrine ministry.“He is a beautiful example, and I really believe this is the right Pope for this time because there is so much crisis and people need hope,” said the mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, at Saint Peter’s Square.The mayor also said the Pope inspired him to … [Read more...]