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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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