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...]

Atheist Nobel prize winner mourns Pope’s retirement

Lima, Peru, Feb 27, 2013 / 12:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An atheist Peruvian author has praised the spiritual and intellectual stature of Pope Benedict XVI and said that his departure is a loss for the cultural and spiritual life of the world.“I don’t know why Benedict XVI’s abdication has been such a surprise,” said Mario Vargas Llosa, a Nobel laureate in literature and a self-proclaimed atheist opposed to the moral teachings of the Church.“Although it is … [Read more...]

Over 100,000 march to defend marriage in Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico, Feb 21, 2013 / 04:10 pm (CNA).- More than 100,000 people gathered outside the Puerto Rican capitol in San Juan on Feb. 18 to support the defense of marriage and family against proposed legislation on gay unions.   Puerto Rico for the Family organized the march, which brought together Christians of various denominations, as well as members of religiously unaffiliated pro-life and pro-family groups.Media reports estimated a turnout of between 100,000 and 200,000, … [Read more...]

God will help choose next Pope, cardinal stresses

Lima, Peru, Feb 21, 2013 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima, Peru, discouraged a spirit of intrigue surrounding the upcoming conclave and said the new Pope will be chosen with God’s help, regardless of nationality.“I think that geography has nothing to do with it,” the cardinal said on Feb. 16. “The right person needs to be sought out with the help of God, regardless of where he is from.” Responding to media questions about … [Read more...]

Controversial priest’s lawsuit against LifeSiteNews advances

Montreal, Canada, Feb 21, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- A libel and defamation lawsuit against, filed by Canadian priest Father Raymond Gravel who describes himself as “pro-choice,” will go to trial. Fr. Gravel claims that LifeSiteNews' depiction of him in the agency's news articles as “pro-abortion” is libelous, because he says he is “pro-choice” but does not support abortion per se. “This case represents a danger to free speech … [Read more...]

Priest conceived in rape recounts journey to forgive father

CNA STAFF, Feb 18, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- A priest who was conceived in rape when his mother was only 13 years old is sharing the story of how he met, forgave and heard the confession of his father, who is now living a life of faith.“I could have ended up in a trash can, but I was allowed to live,” said Father Luis Alfredo Leon Armijos of Loja, Ecuador.In a Feb. 6 telephone interview with CNA, Fr. Leon, who is pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Loja, said his mother, Maria Eugenia … [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...]