Hobby Lobby granted full court hearing for mandate case

Washington D.C., Apr 1, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christian-owned craft giant Hobby Lobby will be able to make its appeal against the federal contraception mandate before a full federal panel of nine judges, rather than the usual three.“Full court review is reserved only for the most serious legal questions,” explained Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in a press release on March 29. The Becket Fund is representing the owners of Hobby … [Read more...]

Venezuelan cardinal: don’t equate human leaders with Christ

Caracas, Venezuela, Apr 1, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- Christ, who is both God and man, must not be equated with any human leader or personality, warned Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas, Venezuela.Jesus Christ “was not simply a leader or one of humanity’s great men,” nor was he merely “a social activist,” said Cardinal Urosa during Palm Sunday Mass on March 24.The cardinal's statement came in the wake of comments by interim President Nicolas Maduro, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis prays at St. Peter’s tomb

Vatican City, Apr 1, 2013 / 12:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis made a private visit to the tomb of St. Peter on the afternoon of Easter Monday to spend time in prayer before the remains of the first pontiff.Cardinal Angelo Comastri, Archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica, his secretary Monsignor Alfred Xuereb, and two archeologists responsible for the excavations accompanied the Pope to St. Peter’s tomb in the Necropolis, a series of burial sites beneath the basilica.St. Peter … [Read more...]

Easter sacraments can revive relationships, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Apr 1, 2013 / 05:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope told a crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Regina Coeli that the grace from the sacraments received at Easter can renew relationships. “The grace contained in Easter Sacraments has a huge potential for renewal in personal life, family life and social relations,” Pope Francis said April 1 to a packed Saint Peter’s Square. He noted that “everything passes through the human heart,” and … [Read more...]

Easter sacraments can revive relationships, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Apr 1, 2013 / 05:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope told a crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Regina Coeli that the grace from the sacraments received at Easter can renew relationships. “The grace contained in Easter Sacraments has a huge potential for renewal in personal life, family life and social relations,” Pope Francis said April 1 to a packed Saint Peter’s Square. He noted that “everything passes through the human heart,” and … [Read more...]

Pope on Easter: let Christ transform us into agents of mercy

Vatican City, Mar 31, 2013 / 08:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After celebrating his first Easter Sunday Mass as pontiff in a packed St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Pope Francis urged the faithful to let the power of Christ's resurrection enable them to work for peace. “Let us be renewed by God’s mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the … [Read more...]

Vatican: Pope washing women inmates’ feet a ‘beautiful’ gesture

Vatican City, Mar 30, 2013 / 11:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In response to controversy, the Vatican's spokesman has praised Pope Francis' “simple” act of love for including two women among a group of young prisoners whose feet he washed on Holy Thursday. In a March 29 statement provided to the media, Father Federico Lombardi called the Pope's move a “very beautiful and simple gesture of a father who desired to embrace those who were on the fringes of society; those … [Read more...]


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