Knights of Columbus voice gratitude for Pope Francis

New Haven, Conn., Mar 14, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Prayers and best wishes are being sent from the Knights of Columbus to Pope Francis upon his election today, March 13. “The election of Pope Francis – the first pope from the American hemisphere – highlights the fact that America is the continent of baptized Christians, and a place of central importance to the faith today,” the fraternal organization, with over 1 million members worldwide, … [Read more...]

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American bishops overjoyed at election of Pope Francis

Los Angeles, Calif., Mar 13, 2013 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishops across America voiced joy and gratitude over Pope Francis accepting his election as Bishop of Rome and Vicar of Christ on March 13. “I am very happy with the election of Pope Francis,” Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles said. “For us as Catholics, this is a beautiful spiritual moment, a time of joy and thanksgiving. A time for prayer for the whole Church.” Archbishop Gomez called it a … [Read more...]

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US political leaders welcome Pope Francis with joy

Washington D.C., Mar 13, 2013 / 05:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- American politicians offered prayers and congratulations upon hearing the news that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, SJ, had been elected as the Successor to St. Peter, taking the name Pope Francis.“On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I offer our warm wishes to His Holiness Pope Francis as he ascends to the Chair of Saint Peter and begins his papacy,” said United States President Barack Obama in a March 13 … [Read more...]

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Archbishops Aquila, Chaput welcome Pope Francis

Denver, Colo., Mar 13, 2013 / 01:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- American archbishops Samuel J. Aquila and Charles J. Chaput voiced gratitude to Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, for accepting election as Bishop of Rome and Vicar of Christ today. “Today is a day of great joy for the entire Church. Pope Francis has been called to the ministry of St. Peter: to be the 'visible source and foundation' of unity in the Church,” Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of the Denver archdiocese … [Read more...]

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LA archdiocese settles sex abuse case for nearly $10 million

Los Angeles, Calif., Mar 13, 2013 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $9.99 million to settle a case brought by four supposed sex abuse victims of Michael Baker, who was formerly a priest of the archdiocese. The cases allege that Baker sexually abused the boys on multiple occasions as early as the 1970s. Baker was ordained a priest in 1974, and resigned from the priesthood in 2000. As part of the settlement, announced March 12, none of the parties … [Read more...]

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Champion of ‘feminine genius’ celebrated on 90th birthday

Alexandria, Va., Mar 13, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA).- On her 90th birthday, noted philosopher and Catholic theologian Alice von Hildebrand has been lauded for both her teachings and example of “authentic womanhood.” “Alice von Hildebrand has written eloquently on the beauty of femininity,” John Henry Crosby, director of the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project, told CNA March 12. “Yet what makes her such a compelling proponent is that she embodies in her own … [Read more...]

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New Facebook game draws from ‘The Bible’ TV series

Mountain View, Calif., Mar 13, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- A Christian game developer has launched a new Facebook game based on the History Channel mini-series “The Bible,” aiming to offer internet fun while promoting knowledge of Scripture.“What I’m really passionate about is high-quality Christian entertainment,” Brent Dusing, Lightside Games founder and CEO, told CNA on March 11. “In partnering with ‘The Bible’ Series, we're working with … [Read more...]

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