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...]

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...]

Spanish ambassador to Holy See voices support amid papal transition

Madrid, Spain, Mar 4, 2013 / 12:22 pm (CNA).- Spain’s ambassador to the Holy See, Eduardo Gutierrez Saenz de Buruaga, said after meeting with the Spanish cardinals that they are “very hopeful” as they approach the upcoming conclave.While the papal election has no clear favorite to be the next Pontiff, Ambassador Gutierrez told Spanish television on March 1, the cardinals “intend to find a successor to Benedict XVI as smoothly and as quickly as … [Read more...]

Cardinals begin pre-conclave meetings

Vatican City, Mar 4, 2013 / 07:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The cardinals of the Catholic Church gathered for their first general meeting this morning to take an oath of secrecy, pray and begin discussing some of the logistics to elect a new Pope. “The atmosphere was very serene, positive and intense. It was constructive and reflects a spirit concern for the Church throughout the world,” Father Federico Lombardi said March 4. The first general congregation began precisely at 9:30 … [Read more...]

Old establishment cardinals hope for quick conclave

Vatican City, Mar 4, 2013 / 07:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While the cardinals created by Benedict XVI arrive in Rome and get acquainted with the pre-conclave operations, cardinals from the old establishment are pushing for a quick conclave. An anonymous cardinal – which is how this type of pressure is usually applied – told the Italian press agency AGI that his “dream is that the Church will have a new Pope within this week,” and that “this is possible if the … [Read more...]


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