Cardinals announce adoration, Vespers ceremony for conclave

Vatican City, Mar 5, 2013 / 07:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The College of Cardinals has agreed to hold a public prayer service on March 6 in St. Peter’s Basilica to pray for the upcoming conclave and the process of electing a new Pope. “Since there is no afternoon meeting, tomorrow afternoon at 5:00 p.m. at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica, the cardinals are inviting people to a time of adoration and Vespers,” Vatican press office director Father Federico … [Read more...]

Screenwriter: without beauty, media fails to evangelize

Denver, Colo., Mar 5, 2013 / 04:05 am (CNA).- The Catholic Church needs to “set the example of beauty” in evangelizing society through media rather than existing as an isolated sub-culture, says screenwriter Barbara Nicolosi. “We’re not just supposed to be in the culture; as Catholics, we're supposed to be important in the culture,” she said March 1 at the Living the Catholic Faith Conference in Denver. “And right now, we're completely in our own … [Read more...]

Survey reveals strong US connection to local churches

Washington D.C., Mar 5, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA).- A new survey reports that Americans feel more connected to their local church than to any other institution in society.According to Rasmussen Reports, “nothing else comes close” to the bond between Americans and their local religious institutions.A Rasmussen survey released March 3 found that 54 percent of U.S. adults feel somewhat or very connected to their local church or religious organization, with 34 percents saying they are … [Read more...]

‘Strength in Christ’ needed for Scotland Church’s recovery

Glasgow, Scotland, Mar 5, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- The resignation of Cardinal Keith O'Brien following accusations of sexual misconduct is an opportunity to renew faith in Jesus for the Church in Scotland, says a local archbishop. “We will draw what conclusions and lessons we can from it and, if anything, we will learn to trust even more fully in Jesus Christ who is alone the Lord of the Church,” Archbishop Philip Tartaglia Glasgow and Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese … [Read more...]

Lawmakers pen letter insisting on conscience protections

Washington D.C., Mar 4, 2013 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than a dozen federal legislators have written to Congressional leaders calling for stronger conscience protections to be included in the upcoming government funding bills.In a Feb. 27 letter, lawmakers criticized the “unprecedented attacks against the religious freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution,” saying that the growing threat “demands immediate action.”“Nothing short of a full exemption for … [Read more...]

Argentinian cardinal says God spoke through Pope Benedict

Rome, Italy, Mar 4, 2013 / 04:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Estanislao Esteban Karlic, the retired archbishop of Parana, Argentina, said that God used Benedict XVI’s resignation from the papacy to speak a message of love to his people.In a Feb. 27 interview with CNA, Cardinal Karlic said that Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI’s decision to resign “is a message, a grace.” “God is calling us again through him,” the cardinal said. “It is the sign of … [Read more...]

Cardinal O’Malley lists sex abuse, Curia reform as priorities

Rome, Italy, Mar 4, 2013 / 01:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley listed clerical sex abuse, reforming the Church’s administration and Christian persecution as some of the issues he thinks the next Pope will have to tackle. “The new Pope will also need to face the sexual abuse crisis that is really worrying our people,” he stated in a March 4 interview with CNA. Another issue on his radar is the need to improve the relationships between the various … [Read more...]