Poll shows NY opposition to expanding abortion laws

New York City, N.Y., Feb 15, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- As New York debates Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed bill to strengthen legal abortion, a new survey shows that 75 percent of locals oppose the bill's provision allowing non-doctors to perform abortions. “Governor Cuomo’s proposed changes in New York's abortion laws are clearly out of the political mainstream,” Greg Pfundstein, president of the New York City-based Chiaroscuro Foundation, said Feb. … [Read more...]

Archbishop testifies for repeal of Maryland death penalty

Baltimore, Md., Feb 14, 2013 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking at a legislative hearing in Maryland, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore supported efforts to end the death penalty in the state, calling for punishments that respect human life. “While those who have done terrible harm to others deserve punishment,” he acknowledged, “we urge a response that meets evil with a justice worthy of our best nature as human beings, enlightened by faith in the possibility of … [Read more...]

Bishops of Nicaragua announce 40 hours of prayer for Pope

Managua, Nicaragua, Feb 14, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of Nicaragua are inviting Catholics in the country and around the world to join together in 40 hours of prayer for Pope Benedict XVI as he retires from the papacy. The prayer campaign will ask for grace for the Holy Father as he ends his ministry, as well as “for whoever will be his successor according to the will of the Holy Spirit.” “We are inviting the people of God, and specifically the Catholic … [Read more...]

Pope: media helped spread misinterpretations of Vatican II

Vatican City, Feb 14, 2013 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI said that many of the misinterpretations of the Second Vatican Council were caused by the media promoting its own version. “The world interpreted the council through the eyes of the media instead of seeing the true council of the fathers and their key vision of faith,” said Pope Benedict at Paul VI Hall Feb. 14. “Fifty years later, the strength of the real council has been revealed, and it is our task for the Year of Faith … [Read more...]

New Pope will be the one God wants, Spanish bishop says

Madrid, Spain, Feb 14, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The secretary general of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference defended Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign and said that the Holy Spirit will choose a new shepherd to govern God’s people.The Holy Father made his decision to retire “in full conscience and freedom,” which are the necessary conditions for resigning according to the Code of Canon Law, said Bishop Juan Antonio Martinez Camino.He stressed that … [Read more...]

Archbishop Ganswein plans to remain prefect of Papal Household

Vatican City, Feb 14, 2013 / 08:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Georg Ganswein will move with Pope Benedict XVI when he retires on Feb. 28, but he also intends to retain his role as head of the Papal Household. “The Pope will be accompanied to Castel Gandolfo and also to the monastery by Archbishop Georg and the Memores Domini, because this is the fundamental nuclear group of the pontifical family.” “He will also remain the head of the Papal Household. And the future, … [Read more...]

Nun describes simplicity of Pope’s retirement monastery

Madrid, Spain, Feb 14, 2013 / 07:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One of the nuns that lived in the monastery where the Pope will retire says his choice shows his “great simplicity” because it “is not a work of art or comparable with other Vatican buildings.” “His decision to retire has surprised me, but he is very brave, although he is fragile and elderly,” said the nun from the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary, who requested anonymity because of her cloistered … [Read more...]