Pope Francis could renew Catholicism in Americas, says Knights’ chief

Rome, Italy, Mar 15, 2013 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Just as Pope John Paul II influenced many in Poland, the rise of an Argentinian to the papacy is set to dramatically change the lives of many Christians, according to head of the Knights of Columbus."I think it offers the same kind of a potential for a great renewal of Catholicism and Christianity all throughout the Western Hemisphere," Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said March 15.Just two days ago, the 76-year-old head of the … [Read more...]

Mass for Chavez in Rome described as act of Christian love

Rome, Italy, Mar 14, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Venezuelan priest who concelebrated a Mass in Rome for the repose of the soul of President Hugo Chavez said the Mass was a gesture of love for God and forgiveness in Christ.   “Although there were differences between the government and the Church in Venezuela, the cardinal is showing that Jesus Christ is Father to all,” Father Ramon Fajardo told CNA.“The Church loves, forgives and embraces everyone,” he … [Read more...]

Argentine president, bishops congratulate Pope Francis

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mar 14, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Within hours of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires being elected as Pope Francis, political and religious leaders from his home country sent their prayers and warm wishes to the new Holy Father.Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner sent a message of congratulations via Twitter to the new Pope, saying, “As he assumes the leadership and direction of the Church, we wish him a fruitful pastoral … [Read more...]

Hugo Chavez died ‘in the bosom of the Church’

Caracas, Venezuela, Mar 6, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA).- A source in Venezuela has revealed to CNA that President Hugo Chavez died “in bosom of the Church” and received spiritual direction and the sacraments in his last days.In announcing Chavez’s death to the nation on March 5, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said the Venezuelan leader died “clinging to Christ.” The source in Venezuela told CNA that during the last weeks of his life, Chavez requested spiritual direction … [Read more...]

Venezuelan bishops call for unity after death of Chavez

Caracas, Venezuela, Mar 5, 2013 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The secretary general of the bishops' conference of Venezuela, Bishop Jesus Gonzalez de Zarate Salas, called for national unity after the death of President Hugo Chavez. The bishop, an auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Caracas, said that this unity is essential in order for the country to face the “painful fact” of Chavez's passing. “At this moment, we speak to our highest feelings,” the prelate told … [Read more...]

Venezuelan bishops call for unity after death of Chavez

Caracas, Venezuela, Mar 5, 2013 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The secretary general of the bishops' conference of Venezuela, Bishop Jesus Gonzalez de Zarate Salas, called for national unity after the death of President Hugo Chavez. The bishop, an auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Caracas, said that this unity is essential in order for the country to face the “painful fact” of Chavez's passing. “At this moment, we speak to our highest feelings,” the prelate told … [Read more...]

Argentinian cardinal says God spoke through Pope Benedict

Rome, Italy, Mar 4, 2013 / 04:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Estanislao Esteban Karlic, the retired archbishop of Parana, Argentina, said that God used Benedict XVI’s resignation from the papacy to speak a message of love to his people.In a Feb. 27 interview with CNA, Cardinal Karlic said that Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI’s decision to resign “is a message, a grace.” “God is calling us again through him,” the cardinal said. “It is the sign of … [Read more...]


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