US Mass guidelines issued for Pope’s resignation

Washington D.C., Feb 19, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has promoted and released guidelines for Masses and prayer services surrounding Pope Benedict XVI's resignation at the end of February. “It is appropriate to offer special prayers for Pope Benedict XVI, for his health and well-being, and in thanksgiving for his service to the Church,” said the bishops’ Feb. 13 document, “Liturgical Notes and Resource Materials for Use … [Read more...]

Pope remembered for linking education, love of God

Denver, Colo., Feb 19, 2013 / 04:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has left a lasting mark on Catholic education by showing how reason and knowledge can lead to an essential love of God, reflected scholars at leading Catholic universities.“This is the chief idea of Pope Benedict about higher education: it isn't our job just to provide information about God, but that the Catholic university should be a place where God is in our midst,” John Garvey, president of Catholic … [Read more...]

Care for women vital to pro-life cause, advocate stresses

Denver, Colo., Feb 19, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic manager Abby Johnson praised care centers for pregnant women as essential to the pro-life movement at large. “I always tell people that we can't save the babies unless we help the mothers, and we have to love them,” she told CNA Feb. 16. Johnson delivered the keynote speech at the Lighthouse Women’s Center Annual Gala, held at the Wings over the Rockies Air and Space … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus launch Twitter prayer campaign for Pope

New Haven, Conn., Feb 19, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- The Knights of Columbus have invited the faithful to participate in a Twitter initiative to pledge their prayers for Pope Benedict XVI and his successor during the upcoming period of transition.“In these remaining days of his papacy, our thoughts and prayers are with Pope Benedict XVI, who has worked so hard in leading the Church, and has always been such a good friend to the Knights of Columbus,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson … [Read more...]

Archbishop implores Congress to protect conscience rights

Washington D.C., Feb 18, 2013 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In anticipation of upcoming legislation, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore urged the nation’s lawmakers to work this year “to restore a tradition on rights of conscience in health care.”“I fear that the federal government’s respect for believers and people of conscience no longer measures up to the treatment Americans have a right to expect from their elected representatives,” Archbishop Lori … [Read more...]

Jesuit high school gets new chapel to foster devotion

Tampa, Fla., Feb 17, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fla., recently dedicated its new chapel, which was beautifully re-designed to encourage devotion to God. “The Jesuits recognized that the existing chapel was becoming inadequate to the growing liturgical needs and desires of the community,” artist Joel Pidel, who re-designed the chapel, told CNA Feb. 13. Pidel noted “that greater devotion would be fostered” by transforming the … [Read more...]

Patriarch St. Flavian’s faithful witness honored Feb. 18

Denver, Colo., Feb 17, 2013 / 06:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Feb. 18, the Roman Catholic Church remembers Patriarch Saint Flavian of Constantinople, who is honored on the same date by Eastern Catholics of the Byzantine tradition and by Eastern Orthodox Christians.Known to Eastern Christians as “St. Flavian the Confessor,” the patriarch endured condemnation and severe beatings during a fifth-century dispute about the humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ. Though he died from his … [Read more...]