Archbishops decry military gay benefits plan

Washington D.C., Feb 15, 2013 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two U.S. archbishops involved in defense of marriage efforts and the military spoke out against a new Pentagon policy giving gay couples many of the benefits of military spouses.“This new policy under the guise of 'equal benefits' undermines marriage as the union of one man and one woman because it treats two persons of the same sex as spouses,” said Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the … [Read more...]

Archbishops decry military gay benefits plan

Washington D.C., Feb 15, 2013 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two U.S. archbishops involved in defense of marriage efforts and the military spoke out against a new Pentagon policy giving gay couples many of the benefits of military spouses.“This new policy under the guise of 'equal benefits' undermines marriage as the union of one man and one woman because it treats two persons of the same sex as spouses,” said Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the … [Read more...]

Alligator OK to eat on Lenten Fridays, archbishop clarifies

New Orleans, La., Feb 15, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Alligator is permissible to eat on Fridays of Lent, the archbishop of New Orleans assured a conscientious parishioner, and his approval has been backed by the national bishops' conference.“Concerning the question if alligator is acceptable to eat during the Lenten season...yes, the alligator is considered in the fish family,” Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond wrote in a 2010 letter provided to CNA by the New Orleans … [Read more...]

Couples vow life-long fidelity before tomb of St. Valentine

Terni, Italy, Feb 15, 2013 / 12:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly 120 soon-to-be-married couples promised to be faithful to one another in a special Feb. 10 ceremony at the tomb of St. Valentine in the Italian city of Terni.Engaged couples from across Italy endured freezing temperatures to participate in the ceremony at St. Valentine Basilica, led by the president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia.St. Valentine, the third century bishop and martyr, helped … [Read more...]

Vatican Bank gets new president as papal coverage continues

Vatican City, Feb 15, 2013 / 09:47 am (CNA).- The drama surrounding the Pope's resignation did not prevent the Vatican from moving ahead with filling the top post at its main financial institution. The Institute for the Works of Religion, frequently called the Vatican Bank, announced Feb. 15 that Ernst von Freyberg will be the new president of the institute’s supervisory board. “This decision is the result of extensive evaluation and a series of interviews that the … [Read more...]

Rome priests react with sadness to Pope’s resignation

Vatican City, Feb 15, 2013 / 08:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After meeting with Pope Benedict on Thursday, priests from the Rome diocese said they are sad he is retiring and that he was a great gift to the Church. ““We’re sad because a Pope is not only a theoretical leader, he’s the man to whom you give your allegiance and your vows, so there’s a direct link and a sadness in that,” said Father Robert, after the Pope met Feb. 14 with the clergy of his diocese at … [Read more...]

EWTN mourns passing of Deacon Steltemeier, founding president

Irondale, Ala., Feb 15, 2013 / 06:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Deacon R. William Steltemeier, Jr., founding CEO of the Eternal World Television Network, died in Hanceville, Ala. on Feb. 15 at the age of 83 after a lengthy illness. Michael P. Warsaw, current network president and CEO, called Deacon Steltemeier “a man of incredible faithfulness,” noting that only EWTN founder Mother Angelica was more closely associated with the network. “As a husband, a father, an attorney and in his vocation as a per … [Read more...]


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