Vatican post office sells over 150k Vacant See sets

Vatican City, Mar 7, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is now selling special stamps and envelopes that are made only when there is no Pope.“They are very important stamps because they are issued only when the Pope is not in his place,” said Mauro Olivieri, the head of the Vatican’s post office.In a March 7 interview with CNA, Olivieri explained why the post office has already sold over 150,000 sets of Sede Vacante stamps.“The value is very high for … [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput to consolidate Philadelphia seminary

Philadelphia, Pa., Mar 7, 2013 / 03:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has announced his plan to consolidate Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary's operations, as part of his ongoing reform of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. “Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary is the heart of our Church in Philadelphia, and we remain dedicated to not only maintaining its presence in our community, but strengthening it for many generations to come,” Archbishop Chaput, the head of the … [Read more...]

Book on Benedict XVI’s final speeches planned

Rome, Italy, Mar 7, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A book on all of Benedict XVI’s speeches from the moment he announced his resignation until his last day as pontiff will be published March 11.The book’s title is “Non mi sono mai sentito solo” in Italian, which translates as “I have never felt alone.” It will also include his resignation speech, Ash Wednesday homily and address at a meeting with all of Rome’s clergy.The Vatican’s … [Read more...]

Final cardinal arrives in Rome for conclave

Vatican City, Mar 7, 2013 / 08:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The last cardinal to arrive in Rome for the election of a new Pope is supposed to land this afternoon, in time for Thursday’s second general meeting. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi began the March 7 daily press briefing by telling reporters, “there is no date,” which was followed by sighs from the media. However, the progress toward a date for the conclave did make visible progress with the planned arrival … [Read more...]

Mock conclave teaches Catholic students about faith

Alexandria, Va., Mar 7, 2013 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The principal at a Virginia Catholic grade school said he hopes an elaborate mock conclave recently held by students and staff will help enrich the school’s efforts to teach the Catholic faith.“Primarily, my hope for this is that the kids, through understanding what’s going on, would be more invigorated in their faith,” Principal Dan Baillargeon told CNA on March 5.Employees and numerous parent volunteers at … [Read more...]

New book shows adult stem cells as medical ‘paradigm shift’

Denver, Colo., Mar 7, 2013 / 02:07 am (CNA).- The recent explosion of success in using adult stem cells to treat and cure diseases marks a shift in the medical field by making it unnecessary to use controversial embryonic stem cells, said Dr. Robin Smith.“These cells are impacting many peoples' lives who are treated in a clinical trial, and as they become standard in will become part of modern medicine,” the president of the Stem for Life Foundation told CNA … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan named Notre Dame’s 2013 commencement speaker

South Bend, Ind., Mar 7, 2013 / 12:08 am (CNA).- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree at the University of Notre Dame’s graduation ceremony on May 19.Cardinal Dolan is “a man of great intelligence and personal warmth, and a dedicated shepherd of the Church,” said Notre Dame president Father John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.He explained in a March 6 statement that the university is “grateful” that the … [Read more...]