New Pope will have wait to move in

Rome, Italy, Mar 8, 2013 / 09:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- No one knows who the new Pope will be, but it can be said with certainty that he will be temporarily staying in a new apartment after he is elected. “The new Pope will be staying here because the apartment in the Apostolic Palace is still sealed and it needs some renovations,” Father Federico Lombardi told journalists March 8. “Like Pope Ratzinger,” he explained, “he will be staying in Casa Santa Marta for … [Read more...]

Conclave date to be announced after 7 pm local time

Vatican City, Mar 8, 2013 / 05:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).-  The day when the cardinals begin to vote for the next Pope will be announced after 7:00 p.m. local time.“The result of the voting of when the conclave will take place will be announced after the cardinals’ afternoon meeting at 7:00 p.m.,” said the Holy See’s press office director, Father Federico Lombardi.“The conclave will not be tomorrow or Sunday, but it could be sometime early next … [Read more...]

As conclave nears, tactics get more aggressive

Rome, Italy, Mar 8, 2013 / 04:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The media silence of the cardinals resulted in an anonymous interview to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica in which a source claimed there is “a lobby” of leakers. That group is composed of people “coming from the State Secretariat, the Vatican City State administration, the APSA (a sort of Vatican Central Bank) and the Italian Bishops’ Conference,” the unnamed source said. “The problem is not the … [Read more...]

Planned Parenthood under fire after botched Colo. abortion

Colorado Springs, Colo., Mar 8, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An attorney has called for greater Planned Parenthood accountability after a Colorado clinic allegedly performed abortion without anesthetic on an unwilling woman which sent her to the hospital. “Ayanna is very fragile and understandably upset by all of this,” Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Michael Norton told CNA March 6. “However, she's very brave and has come forward and wants to see … [Read more...]

Catholic University students use spring break to serve

Washington D.C., Mar 8, 2013 / 02:09 am (CNA).- Almost 100 students and staff at the Catholic University of America are giving up their spring break to take part in mission trips abroad and service projects within the U.S.Brother Jim Moore, O.F.M. Conv., said there was a “tremendous response” among students to the proposal to make a mission trip.“It’s great for me … to see their faith, to see their excitement about living out the Gospel in what they … [Read more...]

Cleveland diocese mourns excommunicated priest

Cleveland, Ohio, Mar 8, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- Bishop Richard G. Lennon of Cleveland announced the excommunication of Father Robert Marrone on March 4, calling people to pray for the priest, who had refused two years of reconciliation attempts.“We are saddened by this development” Robert Tayek, the diocese's public relations director, told CNA March 7.“The priests, religious, and lay faithful of the Diocese of Cleveland are exhorted to pray for the reconciliation of … [Read more...]

Gender language blocks bishops from supporting domestic violence bill

Washington D.C., Mar 7, 2013 / 05:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Leading U.S. bishops explained that despite a commitment to fight domestic violence, they could not endorse a prominent federal bill due to its inclusion of troubling gender and sexuality language.“Unfortunately, we cannot support the version of the ‘Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013’ passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate because of certain language it contains,” several bishops … [Read more...]